Stephen S. Poloz


Stephen S. Poloz was appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada, effective 3 June 2013, for a term of seven years. As Governor, he is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). He currently chairs both the BIS Audit Committee and the Consultative Council for the Americas.

Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Mr. Poloz graduated from Queen’s University in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He received a master’s degree in economics in 1979 and a PhD in economics in 1982, both from the University of Western Ontario.

Mr. Poloz first joined the Bank of Canada in 1981 and occupied a range of increasingly senior positions over a 14-year span, culminating in his appointment as Chief of the Bank’s Research Department in 1992. After his departure from the Bank in 1995, he spent four years at BCA Research, where he served as managing editor of its flagship publication, The International Bank Credit Analyst.

Mr. Poloz joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in 1999 as Vice-President and Chief Economist.From 2008 to 2010, he was Senior Vice-President, Financing, with responsibility for all of EDC’s lending programs. In January 2011, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of EDC, a position in which he served until his appointment as Governor of the Bank of Canada.

Mr. Poloz is a Certified International Trade Professional and a graduate of Columbia University’s Senior Executive Program. He has been a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., and at the Economic Planning Agency in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Poloz has taught economics at the University of Western Ontario, Concordia University and Queen’s School of Business. He is a past president of the Ottawa Economics Association.

Since 2013, Mr. Poloz has been a member of the Lawrence Centre Advisory Council and has served as chair of the Nominating Committee for the Community Foundation of Ottawa since 2014. He resides in Ottawa with his wife, Valerie. He has two children, Jessica and Nicholas, and he is a grandfather.

Biographical note: Stephen S. Poloz


Stephen S. Poloz


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28 March 2017 Canada at 150: It Takes a World to Raise a Nation

Remarks Stephen S. Poloz 50th Anniversary of Durham College Oshawa, Ontario
Governor Stephen S. Poloz shows how Canada’s economic progress has been driven by its historic preference for openness to immigration, investment and trade.
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31 January 2017 Models and the Art and Science of Making Monetary Policy

Remarks Stephen S. Poloz University of Alberta School of Business Edmonton, Alberta
Governor Stephen S. Poloz discusses the evolution of economic models and the need for central bankers to apply judgment in using them.
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18 January 2017 Monetary Policy Report Press Conference Opening Statement

Governor Stephen S. Poloz discusses key issues involved in the Governing Council’s deliberations about the policy rate decision and the MPR.
Content Type(s): Press, Speeches

15 December 2016 Release of the Financial System Review

Opening Statement Stephen S. Poloz Ottawa, Ontario
Press conference following the release of the Financial System Review.
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8 December 2016 Engaging Canadians: a #bankNOTEable process

Remarks Stephen S. Poloz Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, Quebec
Governor Poloz, with Ministers Morneau and Hadju, announces the #bankNOTEable woman.
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