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Full Name  Sylvia Knelman
Name  Sylvia Ostry

Role  Economist
Spouse  Bernard Ostry (m. 1956)
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Born  June 3, 1927 (age 88) (1927-06-03) Winnipeg, Manitoba
Occupation  economist and public servant
Books  The post-cold war trading system
Education  McGill University, University of Cambridge
Awards  Order of Canada, Order of Manitoba
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Sylvia Ostry, (born June 3, 1927) is a high-ranking Canadian economist and public servant. She was educated at McGill University and the University of Cambridge.


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Born Sylvia Knelman in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 3, 1927, she received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from McGill University in 1948, a Master of Arts from McGill in 1950, and eventually earned her Ph.D. from Girton College, Cambridge in 1954.

After studying at the University of Cambridge, she was a lecturer at McGill, becoming an assistant professor from 1952 to 1955, and becoming Associate Professor at the Université de Montréal from 1962 to 1964. . From 1972 to 1975, Ostry was Chief Statistician of Canada at 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, Adam Ostry (a senior federal civil servant himself) and Jonathan D. Ostry (Deputy Director, Research Department, International Monetary Fund).


  • In 1972 she was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association
  • 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
  • In 2009 she was made a Member of the Order of Manitoba.
  • In 2010 she was awarded The Couchiching Award for Public Policy Leadership
  • Honours

  • Ostry received honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from:
  • University of New Brunswick in 1971
  • York University in 1971
  • McGill University in 1972
  • University of Western Ontario in 1973
  • McMaster University in 1973
  • University of British Columbia in 1973
  • Queen's University in 1975
  • Brock University in 1975
  • Mount Allison University in 1975
  • Acadia University in 1981
  • American College of Switzerland in 1983
  • University of Winnipeg in 1984
  • University of Manitoba in 1986
  • Concordia University (Montreal) in 1986
  • University of Windsor in 1987
  • University of Waterloo in 1997
  • a Doctorate of Management Sciences from University of Ottawa in 1976
  • a Doctorate of Letters from Laurentian University in 1977
  • Select publications

  • Ostry, Sylvia. Summitry: The Medium and the Message. Bissell Paper No. 3. Toronto: University of Toronto, Centre for International Studies, 1988.
  • Ostry, Sylvia. Canada, Europe and the Economic Summits. Paper presented at the All-European Canadian Studies Conference, The Hague, October 24–27, 1990. Unpublished in print.
  • Ostry, Sylvia. Globalization and the G8: could Kananaskis set a new direction?. O.D. Skelton Memorial Lecture, Queen's University, March 2002. Unpublished in print.
  • References

    Sylvia Ostry Wikipedia

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