October 17, 2013


Former Chief BMO economist Sherry Cooper joins DeGroote School of Business


Hamilton, Ont. October 17, 2013As Chief Economist and Executive Vice-President of BMO, Sherry Cooper was influential in forecasting and reacting to global economic trends.


Now, in her newest appointment since retiring from BMO, Cooper will bring her experience, “big- picture” point of view and understanding of complex economic and financial issues to McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business as the TMX Industry Professor.


“Sherry is a powerhouse, always on the cutting edge of issues and emerging thought. She is exactly the kind of professional we want to collaborate with as we serve the business community and our students,” says DeGroote dean Len Waverman.


As the TMX Industry Professor at DeGroote, Cooper will contribute to research and commentary within the finance area of the school. She will also interact directly with students, sharing her experiences and insights from 30 years in business.


DeGroote is well-known for its research on topics in portfolio theory and management, energy economics, corporate finance, derivatives, capital markets and telecommunications. Along with the TMX professorship, the school’s finance and business economics area houses an additional professorship, four research chairs and the Michael Lee Chin Institute for Strategic Business Studies. Courses are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and include a Master of Finance program.


Cooper will advise the dean and faculty on new programming and courses and will facilitate regular discussions between DeGroote faculty and Bay Street, through the Finance@DeGroote Seminar Series in downtown Toronto.


“I’m delighted to be able to spearhead discussions between industry and the DeGroote School, and to develop new knowledge in the finance and economics arena,” says Cooper.


TMX Group supports the industry professor position through a donation made to DeGroote. The collaboration is one that that Dean Leonard Waverman believes is “critical in order to help the business school understand industry needs and stay relevant.”




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