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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
September 1, 2015

Canadian Excellence


Carolyn Wilkins, BA Honours (Economics) '87, Senior Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada

On April 11, 2014, Carolyn Wilkins was appointed as Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada. In this role, Ms. Wilkins oversees the Bank's strategic planning and operations and shares responsibility for the conduct of monetary policy as a member of the Bank's Governing Council. She is alsoa member of the Bank's Board of Directors.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Wilkins served as Adviser to the Governorwhere her focus wasthe Canadian economy, its interaction with the financial system, and monetary policy.Previously, Ms. Wilkins was Chief of the Bank's Financial Stability Department. In this role, she led the Bank's analysis and research on issues related to the financial sector in Canada and abroad, the assessment of risks to financial system stability, and the oversight of systemically important payment, clearing and settlement systems under the Payment, Clearing and Settlement Act.
Ms. Wilkins has held a broad range of senior analytical roles at the Department of Finance and the Privy Council Office. Since joining the Bank in 2001, she has occupied increasingly senior positions, first in the monetary and financial modelling division of the former Monetary and Financial Analysis Department, and subsequently as Deputy Chief of the Financial Markets Department. From October 2010 until November 2011, Ms. Wilkins was on assignment as Special Director on the Task Force on the OTC Derivatives Market. She also chaired the inter-agency working group coordinating implementation of the G-20's commitments related to OTC derivatives.
Ms. Wilkins was born in Peterborough, Ontario. She holds an Honours BA in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MA in Economics from theUniversity of Western Ontario.