- Sylvia Ostry
Born Sylvia Knelman in
Winnipeg, Manitobaon June 3 1927, she received a Bachelor of Artsin economics from McGill Universityin 1948, a Master of Arts from McGill in 1950, and a Ph.D.from Cambridge University and McGill in 1954.
From 1952 to 1955 she was a lecturer at McGill, becoming an assistant professor from 1952 to 1955, and becoming Associate Professor at the
Université de Montréalfrom 1962 to 1964.
From 1972 to 1975, Ostry was
Chief Statistician of Canadaat Statistics Canada. From 1975 to 1978, Ostry was Deputy Minister, Consumer and Corporate Affairs. From 1978 to 1979, she was Chairman, Economic Council of Canada. From 1979 to 1983, she was Head of the Department of Economics and Statistics of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris. From 1984 to 1985 she was Deputy Minister, International Trade, and Coordinator, International Economic Relations. Later, in 1986 Ostry became a member of the influential Washington-based financial advisory body, the Group of Thirty.
From 1991 to 1996, she was Chancellor,
University of Waterloo. In 1997 she was appointed Chancellor Emerita, University of Waterloo.
Since 1997, she has been the Distinguished Research Fellow at the
University of Toronto's Munk Centre for International Studies.
She was married to the late
Bernard Ostry, by whom she has two children.
* In 1978 she was made an Officer of the
Order of Canada
* In 1987 she received the Government of Canada Outstanding Achievement Award
* In 1990 she was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada.
* In 1991 she was made a Fellow of the
Royal Society of Canada
* Ostry received honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from:
University of New Brunswickin 1971
York Universityin 1971
McGill Universityin 1972
University of Western Ontarioin 1973
McMaster Universityin 1973
University of British Columbiain 1973
** Queen's University in 1975
Brock Universityin 1975
Mount Allison Universityin 1975
Acadia Universityin 1981
American College of Switzerlandin 1983
University of Winnipegin 1984
University of Manitobain 1986
Concordia Universityin 1986
University of Windsorin 1987
University of Waterlooin 1997
** a Doctorate of Management Sciences from
University of Ottawain 1976
** a Doctorate of Letters from
Laurentian Universityin 1977
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