Confirmed Speakers

These are some of the bios of people that are contributing to the current Symposium or have contributed to the previous Symposiums:

Jason Allen is Principal Researcher at the Financial Stability Department, Bank of Canada. He was Senior Analyst at the Financial Stability Department and Monetary and Financial Analysis Department, Bank of Canada. He holds a M.A. in Economics (2001) and a Ph.D. in Economics at Queen’s University (2007).

Michèle Bourque is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC). Her expertise in all aspects of deposit insurance—most notably in the area of risk assessment and management—has positioned her as an authority on the role of deposit insurance in supporting the stability and soundness of Canada’s financial system. She has been with CDIC for 20 years. Since joining CDIC in November 1992, she has been involved in a number of key areas within CDIC, including the risk assessment, monitoring and resolution of member institutions and has also been instrumental in the addition of bridge bank to CDIC’s intervention powers. Prior to joining CDIC, she worked in some large Canadian corporations, including the Royal Bank of Canada and Bell Canada. Prior to her appointment as President and CEO, she was CDIC’s Executive Vice-President, Insurance and Risk Assessment. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, a Masters in Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Montréal.

Michael Burt is Director at the Industrial Economic Trends group. He is responsible for overseeing the maintenance and production of regular forecasts for more than 30 different sectors of the Canadian economy. He is also the project manager for the consulting work that the group completes. He conducts research on a variety of topics related to industrial performance and has completed many studies examining the impact of socio-economic variables on the performance of the private sector. He is also a spokesperson for the Conference Board and does presentations on the industrial forecasts to clients and the public and is often cited in the media. He joined The Conference Board of Canada in 2004 as the industrial forecasting product was being developed. As a result, he was deeply involved in the creation of the industry models and laying the groundwork for how the analysis would be conducted. He worked in the industry forecasting group at Moody’s Analytics, an economic consulting firm in the United States. He has more than fifteen years of experience conducting industry forecasting and analysis. He holds a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Toronto, and has also completed the Chartered Financial Analyst program.

Walter Engert joined Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) as Senior Director of Research, effective October 19, 2009, within the Regulation Sector, in Ottawa. He comes to OSFI after spending over 20 years at the Bank of Canada. He also spent a few years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, where he was an advisor to an Executive Director of the IMF Board.

Albert A. Foer is President and Founder of the American Antitrust Institute. His career has included private law practice in Washington, DC (Hogan & Hartson, Jackson & Campbell); the Federal Senior Executive Service (as Assistant Director and Acting Deputy Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition); CEO of a mid-sized chain of retail jewelry stores for 12 years; trade association and non-profit leadership; and teaching antitrust to undergraduate and graduate business school students. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews relating to competition policy. He is editor of The Next Antitrust Agenda and co-editor of The International Handbook on Private Enforcement of Competition Law and of Private Enforcement of Antitrust Law in the United States. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an associate law review editor. He also earned an A.B. (magna cum laude) from Brandeis University and an M.A. in political science from Washington University.

Clyde Goodlet was appointed Adviser, Regulatory Policy in July 2001. In this capacity, he is responsible for the oversight of systemically important clearing and settlement systems under the Payment Clearing and Settlement Act, and the analysis of issues related to payment and other clearing and settlement systems. He contributes to the analysis of the efficiency and soundness of the Canadian financial system and provides policy advice to the Governing Council. Mr. Goodlet received a bachelor’s degree (Honours Economics) from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. He joined the Bank of Canada in 1972, and has held a variety of positions in the Financial Markets Department and the Monetary and Financial Analysis Department, with a focus on issues related to financial institutions, infrastructures, and markets. He was appointed Regulatory Policy Adviser in the Monetary and Financial Analysis Department in 1997. He has been a member of a number of Bank for International Settlements (BIS) task forces addressing various financial stability issues, including the Task Force on Payment System Principles and Practices, and the Working Group on Central Bank Oversight of Payment and Settlement Systems, both established by the BIS Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems. He is currently a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and he sits on a number of domestic financial sector policy bodies.

Glen Hodgson brings nearly 30 years of experience and a specialization in international economic and financial issues to the position of Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of The Conference Board of Canada. He is responsible for overseeing the Board’s macro-economic outlook products, tourism, custom economic research, and is the Board’s chief spokesperson on economic issues. He has published two books and over 170 articles and briefings. He has written extensively on Canadian tax reform and is co-authoring a series on the economics of pro sports in Canada. He is leading a new Conference Board research initiative, the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CAHSC), just as he led the creation of the Board’s Global Commerce Centre. Glen is a regular contributor to the Conference Board’s economics blog. He joined the Board in September 2004, after 10 years at Export Development Canada (EDC). He also spent a decade with the federal Department of Finance. From 1984 to 1988, he served at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C., as Advisor/Assistant to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean. He has a B.A. (Honours) in Economics from the University of Manitoba, a M.A. in Economics from McGill University, and pursued Ph.D. studies at McGill. He is the current president of the Ottawa Economics Association and coached youth sports for many years.

Paul Jenkins served as Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada from April 2003 until his retirement from the Bank in April 2010. In this capacity, he served as the Bank’s Chief Operating Officer and, along with the Governor, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank. As a member of the Bank’s Governing Council, he shared responsibility for decisions with respect to monetary policy and financial system stability, and for setting the strategic direction of the Bank. He joined the Bank of Canada in 1972 as an Economist with the Research Department. In 1978, he moved to the Department of Monetary and Financial Analysis and was named Deputy Chief of the department in 1983. He became Chief of the Research Department in 1984 and was made an Adviser to the Governor in January 1989. He was appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank in 1992. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1971, with an honours bachelor of arts degree in economics. In 1972, he received a Master of Science degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 1982–83, he continued his studies in economics at Princeton University.

Cally Jordan has degrees in both civil law and common law (LL.B/B.C.L. McGill University; D.E.A., Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) which she obtained after a B.A., with distinction (Carleton) and a M.A. (University of Toronto).  She has practised in Canada, New York, California and Hong Kong and spent several years in the New York office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton working in the area of international finance. She has spent over a decade   with the World Bank, both as a consultant and as a full-time advisor, on commercial law, financial law, corporate governance, and corporate law in a number of countries (Indonesia, Vietnam, Tunisia, China, Chile, Korea, Slovakia, Armenia, Macedonia, Lithuania, Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Bahrain, and Mauritius). Between 1991 and 1996, she was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at McGill University and member of the Institute of Comparative and Private Law.  More recently, she has been an Associate Professor at the University of Florida and has taught as an adjunct at the University of Melbourne, Georgetown Law Center in Washington, DC and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada.  She is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, capital markets and corporate law. She is the author of proposals for the reform of Hong Kong companies law and spent nearly five years living in Asia. In 2003, she was elected to the American Law Institute and is a member of the Australian Law Council.

Roberta Karmel is a former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, a former Public Director of the New York Stock Exchange, and was in private practice for 30 years. She was a Fulbright Scholar studying the harmonization of the securities laws in the European Union. She is the author of Regulation by Prosecution: The Securities and Exchange Commission Versus Corporate America, and has widely published articles on securities regulation and international securities law in dozens of law reviews and journals. She also authors a bi-monthly column, “Securities Regulation”, that appears in the New York Law Journal. She is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Practising Law Institute, a member of the American Law Institute, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She also serves on the ABA’s Presidential Task Force on Financial Markets Regulatory Reform. She previously served as a director of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and was the Vice-Chair of the International Coordinating Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section.

Ioannis Kokkoris holds a Chair in Law and Economics at the University of Reading, UK. He is Vice Chairman of the Institute of Studies in Competition Law and Policy. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation and Vice Chairman at Institute for Studies in Competition Law and Policy. He is an expert on competition law as well law & economics. He has formerly served as Principal Case Officer/Economic Advisor in the Mergers branch at the Office of Fair Trading, UK where he dealt with leading cases such as NASDAQ/LSE, NYSE/Euronext, Global/GCap and was a Member of the drafting team of the UK Merger Guidelines. He has also dealt with Abuse of Dominance cases as well as cartels and other anticompetitive agreements. He has also previously served as an Economist in the Merger Task Force at the DG Competition-European Commission; Vice President of the International Think-Tank on Innovation and Competition and as a Consultant at the Federal Trade Commission, USA. He has authored and co-authored more than 12 books with his most recent being Antitrust Law Amidst Financial Crisis with Cambridge University Press and EU Merger Control: A Legal and Economic Analysis with Oxford University Press (with Professor Howard Shelanski).

John Raymond LaBrosse is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick Law School, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Banking Regulation and Partner, Patterson & LaBrosse Financial Consultants Ltd. He was the founding Secretary General of the International Association of Deposit Insurers and is a member of its Guidance Advisory Group.

Timothy Lane was appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada in February 2009. In this capacity, he is one of two deputy governors responsible for overseeing the Bank’s analysis and activities in promoting a stable and efficient financial system. As a member of the Bank’s Governing Council, he shares responsibility for decisions with respect to monetary policy and financial system stability, and for setting the strategic direction of the Bank. He joined the Bank of Canada in August 2008 as an Adviser to the Governor. Prior to that, he served for 20 years on the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC. During that period, he held a series of positions with a combination of analytical, policy, and managerial responsibilities, and contributed to the IMF’s work on a number of countries. He has undertaken research on a wide range of topics, including monetary policy, financial crises, IMF reform, and economic transition. During 2004-05, he was an Oliver Smithies Visiting Fellow of Balliol College at the University of Oxford. He also served as Assistant Professor of Economics at Michigan State University (1984-88) and at the University of Iowa (1983-84). He received a BA (honours) from Carleton University in 1977 and a PhD in economics from the University of Western Ontario in 1983.

David Longworth served as a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada from April 2003 until his retirement from the Bank in March 2010. As a member of the Bank’s Governing Council, he shared responsibility for decisions with respect to monetary policy and financial system stability, and for setting the strategic direction of the Bank. He joined the Bank of Canada in 1974 in the Special Studies Division of the Research Department. In 1984, he was appointed Assistant Chief of the Special Studies and Balance of Payments divisions in the International Department and was named Deputy Chief of the department the following year. In 1987, he moved to the Department of Monetary and Financial Analysis to become Research Adviser and later, Chief. He was appointed Chief of the Research Department in 1996 and Adviser to the Governor in 2000. He received a bachelor of science degree in mathematical statistics in 1973 and a master’s degree in economics in 1974, both from the University of Alberta. He also studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a PhD in economics in 1979.

James F. McCollum is a Partner, James F. McCollum and Assoc. Ltd, Canada.

Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal is a Professor in Banking and Finance at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to joining CCLS he was a Senior Lecturer in Financial Law and the Academic Director at the Centre for Financial and Management Studies (SOAS), University of London and the School of Law, University of Warwick. He has acted as a Sovereign Debt Expert for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and as a consultant to several multilateral institutions in Washington DC and Europe, Central Banks and Sovereign States as well as in several international transactions with Law Firms. He specialises in international finance and insolvency law. He is the author/editor of seven books and has extensively published in peer-reviewed journals. He sits in the editorial/advisory board of several law journals in the UK and US and is a member of national and international institutions and associations specialised in comparative commercial and insolvency law.

Costanza Russo is Leverhulme Lecturer in Banking Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary, University of London. She graduated in Law with distinction from the University of Bologna and obtained a PhD in “Economics, Markets, Institutions” from the School for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy. She qualified as a Barrister in Italy. In 2008 she was a research intern at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, working on EU State aid and UK banking Law and supervisory structure. She has also collaborated with the Zurich University. Prior to joining CCLS, Costanza Russo has been Lecturer of Company Law and Lecturer of Financial Markets Law at the University of Trento, Italy, Lecturer of Financial Markets Law at the University of Bologna and Lecturer at the LLM in “Law and Economics of Financial Markets”, in Milan.

Jean Pierre Sabourin is the Chief Executive Officer of Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (Malaysia Deposit Insurance Corporation) since its establishment in 2005 and is also Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the International Centre for Leadership in Finance. He was the chairmanship of the Financial Stability Forum’s International Study and Working Groups on Deposit Insurance and the chairmanship of the first ever APEC Policy Dialogue on Deposit Insurance. He led the establishment of the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI) and was elected its first Chair of the Executive Council and President, a position he held until the end of his term in 2007.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the ICLIF Leadership and Governance Centre and a member of Bank Negara Malaysia’s Financial Stability Executive Committee. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto.

Dalvinder Singh is a Professor at the Law School, University of Warwick. He is also a Senior Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London; Managing Editor of the Journal of Banking Regulation (Palgrave Macmillan) and Financial Regulation International (Informa Law); Editorial Advisory Board Member, and member of the editorial board of the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance (Emerald). He has acted as a technical advisor to the International Monetary Fund. Prof. Dalvinder Singh is an External Examiner at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, University of Reading & the University of Liverpool. He is a member of the Advisory Panel of the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI).

Gary H. Stern is President and CEO of Stern Partners LLC. He was president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from March 1985 to September 2009.  He joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis in January 1982 as senior vice president and director of research. Before joining the Minneapolis Fed, he was a partner in a New York-based economic consulting firm. Stern’s prior experience includes seven years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He serves on the board of directors of FINRA, Dolan Media Company, The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, and the Council for Economic Education, where he is currently acting President and Chief Executive Officer. He is co-author of Too Big to Fail: The Hazards of Bank Bailouts, published by The Brookings Institution (2004). He formerly served as chair of the board of the Northwest Area Foundation, The Minneapolis Club, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. He was also a board member of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Hamline University, and ETS.

Gorden Thiessen was appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada on 1 February 1994, for a term of seven years, retiring on 31 January 2001. He studied economics at the University of Saskatchewan and received an Honours BA in 1960 and an MA in 1961. The following year he lectured in economics at the university. From 1965 to 1967 he attended the London School of Economics, from which he received his PhD in Economics in 1972. He joined the Bank of Canada in 1963 and worked in both the Research and the Monetary and Financial Analysis Departments of the Bank. He Thiessen spent the period from 1973 to 1975 as a visiting economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia. At the Bank of Canada, Mr. Thiessen was successively appointed Adviser to the Governor in 1979, Deputy Governor in 1984, and Senior Deputy Governor in 1987. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank and of its Executive Committee since his appointment as Senior Deputy Governor. In 1996, the government of Sweden awarded Mr. Thiessen the Order of the Polar Star in recognition of the assistance provided by the Bank of Canada to the Swedish central bank. In 1997, Mr. Thiessen received an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

P.M. Vasudev joined the University of Ottawa in January 2011. He specializes in business law. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, he was Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law at The University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand. He has presented papers at academic conferences in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  His writings have appeared in leading journals including Journal of Business Law, McGill Law Journal, Banking & Finance Law Review, Journal of Corporation Law and American Journal of Legal History.

David K. Walker is Managing Director, Policy & International Affairs at the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation. He is the Chair of the International Association of Deposit Insurer’s Guidance Group and he is presently co-chairing a joint IADI-Basel Committee working group developing internationally agreed upon core principles for effective deposit insurance systems.

Larry Wall is a financial economist and senior policy adviser in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He also directs the Centre for Financial Innovation and Stability (CenFIS), an Atlanta Fed initiative to improve knowledge of financial innovation and financial stability and the connection between the two. He joined the financial structure team of the Bank’s research department in 1982 and was promoted to financial economist and senior policy adviser in 2001. He is on the editorial boards of the Financial Review, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Services Research, Journal of Financial Stability, and Review of Financial Economics. He is also on the Academic Advisory Panel for the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI). He is a past president and chairman of the trustees of the Eastern Finance Association. He has also been an adjunct faculty member of Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr. joined The George Washington University, Law School in 1986, following 11 years in private law practice. Prior to joining the Law School, he was a partner in the Washington, DC, office of the Jones Day law firm. He teaches courses in banking law, contracts, corporations, and American constitutional history. He has served as Executive Director of the Law School’s Center for Law, Economics and Finance (C-LEAF) since 2011, and served on C-LEAF’s Executive Board since the center was founded in 2009. He is the author of more than thirty articles and book chapters in the fields of banking law and American constitutional history, and he is co-author of a book on corporate law. In 2005, the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers awarded him its prize for the best law review article published in the field of consumer financial services law during the previous year. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Banking Regulation, published by Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. He is also a member of the advisory board of the American Antitrust Institute.

Mark Zelmer was appointed Assistant Superintendent, Regulation Sector, in December 2011. In this executive role, he is responsible for capital and accounting issues; actuarial politics and reviews; regulatory approvals and compliance; guidelines, regulations and interpretations. He represents OSFI on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. Prior to joining OSFI, he was at the Bank of Canada where he held numerous positions since 1985, most recently as Chief, Financial Stability Department. In this role, he represented the central bank on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and was co-chair of the Committee’s Macro-prudential Supervision Group. He also served at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as Senior Economist and Deputy Division Chief in the Monetary and Exchange Department from 2000 to 2003. He holds a Master of Science, Business Administration (Finance) degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Finance from Queen’s University.