Fonds MSS SC 111 - Sylvia Ostry fonds

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Sylvia Ostry fonds

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  • 1986 (Creation)
    Ostry, Sylvia

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Sylvia Ostry, CC, FRSC is a Canadian economist and public servant. 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 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 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 of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. From 1978 to 1979, she was Chairman of the 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 in Paris. From 1984 to 1985, she was Deputy Minister of International Trade and Coordinator of 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 of the University of Waterloo. In 1997, she was appointed Chancellor Emerita of the 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. Sylvia Ostry was awarded an honourary degree from the University of Manitoba at the 1986, 107th Convocation Ceremonies. She delivered a speech entitled "The Avis Factor." At the time of the convocation, Sylvia Ostry was Trade Embassador and Personal Representative of the Prime Minister.

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The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Bob Raeburn in 1989.

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The fonds consists of the speech delivered by Sylvia Ostry at the 1986 Convocation Ceremonies entitled "The Avis Factor."

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