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Sherry Cooper

Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

Sherry Cooper is an award-winning economist. She currently serves as the Chief Economist the private Vancouver-based mortgage and lending group, Dominion Lending Centres. She was formerly the E-VP and Chief Economist of BMO Financial Group. Over her career Sherry has been responsible for industry-risk and country-risk analysis for the Risk Committees of the bank.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Diversity is Good for Business In today’s competitive environment, businesses need to access the widest possible talent pool. Not only are women half of the population, but they are nearly half of the labour force and increasingly they are better educated than men. Women also make an estimated 80 percent of all spending and financial decisions, so it is not surprising that gender diversity is good for business. There is also compelling evidence that companies with women on their boards deliver better corporate governance. Women provide an essentially different point of view as independent directors and add to the boardroom debate and decision-making. It is essential in today’s complex and rapidly changing world for business leaders to have diverse skills, experiences and thought processes. Clouds Part, But Challenges Remain Canada jobs surge, but economy’s outlook still cloudy.Dr. Sherry Cooper will discuss the economic and financial outlook for Canada against this backdrop of important cross-currents. The New Retirement Follow Cooper through her own journey to discover the route to financial security. Learn how the new retirement is about living well while achieving both monetary security and your personal goals. Battered, but Resilient Signs of improvement in the economy are appearing in the U.S. and Canada, and around the world, suggesting that the economies are bottoming and the worst of the financial crisis is behind us. Bottom Line: We expect to see growth in the U.S. and Canada by year-end.

  • Sherry is a first rate economic forecaster and an amazing speaker, who can translate complex economic matters in a very straightforward manner.Her corporate experience, coupled with her Board experience in the not-for-profit sector, would make her a highly attractive candidate for any Board search.

    - VP, Government & Public Relations, BMO Financial Group
  • Sherry is an outstanding speaker with the ability to convey complex economic concepts in a clear and easy to understand fashion. In her presentations, Sherry ties together world events, politics, and demographic trends, to paint a cohesive and comprehensive view of the global economic climate.

    - Senior VP at BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Sherry is a brilliant thought leader on the matter of economics. She produces bite-size, digestible pieces of intelligence and enables you to understand the macro and micro picture in business, economics and what it means in life.

    - President & Partner, REIN Ltd.

Summary Profile

Sherry Cooper is a sought-after speaker, writer and advisor renowned for her ability to simplify and de-mystify the complex issues of economics and finance. She was a member of the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association and gives more than 70 speeches and presentations each year. Dr. Cooper was appointed the TMX Industry Professor at DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. She is also Chief Economic Counsel to MDC Partners—a Nasdaq-listed global strategic marketing organization based in New York City. This is a selection by the Canadian Board Diversity Council of the 50 most Board ready diverse candidates in Canada. She is also a member of the Women on Board, a mentorship program. Her mentor and sponsor is Thomas O’Neill, Chairman of the Board of Bell Canada and member of the boards of Loblaws and Toronto Dominion Bank. Sherry has also been sponsored for the Catalyst Corporate Board Resource by William Downe, CEO of BMO Financial Group. Named “the megawatt celebrity economist” by Canada’s national newspaper –and repeatedly cited as one of the most influential women in Canada, Sherry served as Chief Economist and Executive Vice-President of BMO Financial Group (which includes the Bank of Montreal in Canada and BMO Harris Bank in the U.S.), where she led a highly-respected team of economists. She was responsible for global economic and financial forecasting as well as country-risk and industry-risk analysis. She joined BMO Financial Group in 1994 when it acquired Burns Fry, where she had been Chief Economist, Co-Head of Fixed Income, Vice- Chair and the first woman appointed a Director of a Bay Street investment firm. Frequently quoted in the financial press and interviewed on TV and radio in the U.S. and Canada, Sherry also published her third book in 2008 – The New Retirement: How It Will Change Our Future – which was a block-buster best-seller. Sherry has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. She began her career at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. where she worked very closely with then-Chairman, Paul Volcker, a relationship she maintains today. After five years at the Fed, she joined the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) as Director of Financial Economics. Sherry retired from BMO Financial Group in 2013 to consult, write and speak all over the world. In 2015 she announced her return to Bay Street when she became the Chief Economist at Dominion Lending Centres.