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Dorothy J. Powell

Dorothy Powell graduated from the University of Toronto in Honours Political Science and Economics in 1949. She then began work in the Research Department of the Bank of Canada.

After a few years, she left and spent a brief period at the Reserve Bank of Australia in Sydney. On returning to Canada via Europe in late 1954, she joined the Economics Department of the Bank of Nova Scotia in Toronto.

In the early 1960s she spent two years in London, England, following developments in the European Common Market and the implications for Canada of possible UK membership. On her return in 1962 she was appointed Supervisor of the Economics Department, with responsibility for overseeing the publication of the Bank of Nova Scotia Review and directing the work of the Department. She returned to the Bank of Canada in 1969 to become editor of the Bank of Canada Review. At that time, the Bank only had a statistical bulletin, and she was given the task of planning the new Review and getting it off the ground.

She was appointed Assistant Chief of the International Department in 1977, covering developments in overseas industrial countries and developing countries as well as IMF and other international economic issues. In 1983 she was promoted to Research Adviser (Senior Officer) in the International Department, and from 1989 until she retired in 1992, she was Adviser to the Canadian Executive Director at the IMF in Washington. For much of her time as Research Adviser, she was the most senior woman in the economics Departments of the Bank. She was also active in a number of charitable organizations, serving on the Boards of the Unitarian Service Committee and the Good Companions Senior Centre.