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Dian Cohen (nee Nusgart) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1932. Before attending the University of Toronto, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in 1956 in Economic History and Political Science, Cohen worked in London, England as a foreign exchange clerk. She furthered her education at McGill University where she studied Banking, Public Policy, and Econometrics until 1963. Cohen then embarked on a long career as an economics commentator on television and radio, first with the CBC and then with CTV. In 1968 she commenced a long-term position as a syndicated newspaper and magazine columnist on personal money management, economic, and business affairs. Cohen would later publish several popular books on economic matters. She parlayed her talent of making economics understandable to the general public into a successful career as an educator on several academic radio programs and as an economics consultant and public speaker. Cohen also volunteered her time to several organizations, serving on numerous boards often as Director. Cohen's talents have been recognized over the years with the many awards and recognitions she has received including the Order of Canada in 1993.