The Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada today announced the appointment of Nicolas Vincent as the Bank’s new external, non-executive Deputy Governor for a term of two years, effective March 13, 2023. Mr. Vincent’s appointment, which is the result of an open external search process, fills the vacancy created by the departure of Timothy Lane in September 2022.
“I am delighted that Nicolas Vincent is joining the Bank’s Governing Council and I am looking forward to working with him,” said Governor Tiff Macklem. “He is an accomplished scholar and teacher, with deep expertise in macro and microeconomic research in areas such as inflation and price dispersion, firm dynamics, inequality, house prices and household finance. I have no doubt that his broad knowledge of monetary economics combined with his keen interest in public policy will be invaluable in helping the Bank navigate the policy challenges ahead.”
The Bank changed the fourth Deputy Governor position to an external, non-executive Deputy Governor role to bring diverse perspectives into its consensus-based policy-making process and to ensure the Bank’s executive team has a streamlined and effective distribution of management responsibility. In this role, Mr. Vincent will be a member the Bank’s Governing Council, which is responsible for decisions with respect to monetary policy and financial system stability. Alongside other members of Governing Council, he will also be responsible for communicating with Canadians about the Bank’s consensus-based policy decisions as well as its ongoing assessment of the outlook for the economy and inflation. In keeping with the nature of this role, Mr. Vincent will work with the Bank of Canada in a part-time capacity and will maintain his affiliation with HEC Montréal.
Mr. Vincent is a professor of economics in the Department of Applied Economics at HEC Montréal and co-chair of the Business Cycles and Financial Markets research theme at CIRANO (Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations). He has been a visiting faculty member and researcher at numerous institutions, including Columbia Business School, INSEAD, the Banque de France and the Kellogg School of Management.
Born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Mr. Vincent received a Bachelor of Commerce degree in applied economics from HEC Montréal, a master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University and a PhD in economics from Northwestern University.