Fonds 1636 - Sylvia Ostry fonds

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UTA 1636


Sylvia Ostry fonds


  • 1947-1998 (Creation)

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7.75 m of textual and graphic records (39 boxes, 1 folder)

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-1927: Born in Winnipeg
-1944: Entered University of Manitoba as a student in 1st year medicine, having taken two years pre-medicine.
-1945: Transferred to McGill University, entered BA programme
-1948: BA (Hons) in economics, McGill
-1950: MA, McGill University
-1954: PhD, Cambridge University and McGill
-1948-1950, 1951-1954: Lecturer, Sir George Williams University
-1951-1953: Sessional lecturer, McGill University
-1951-1953: Undertook research on urban development in Quebec for Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation
-1953-1955: Lecturer, McGill University
-1954: Research on unionism in a modern industrial society for National Film Board
-1954-1955: Research on third-party intervention in the Canadian railway industry for Universities Research Programme, Department of Labour, Ottawa
-1955-1957: Research officer, Institute of Statistics, Oxford University
-1958-1959: Research officer, Department of Labour, Economics and Research Branch, Ottawa
-1958-1959: External lecturer, Carleton University
-1958-1962: Assistant professor, McGill University
-1959-1960: Commissioned to undertake study on definition and measurement of unemployment, Senate Committee on Manpower and Employment
-1961-1962: Commissioned to undertake study on population, labour force and wages for Government of Manitoba Committee on Manitoba's Economic Future
-1962: Commissioned to write census monograph on the labour force for Dominion Bureau of Statistics
-1962-1964: Associate professor, Université de Montréal
-1964: Assistant Director (Research), Labour Division, Dominion Bureau of Statistics
-1964-1965: Consultant on manpower studies, Economic Council of Canada
-1965-1969: Director, Special Manpower Studies and Immigration, Dominion Bureau of Statistics
-1966-1969: Department of Manpower and Immigration
-1969-1972: Director, Economic Council of Canada
-1972-1975: Chief Statistician of Canada, Statistics Canada
-1975-1978: Deputy Minister, Consumer and Corporate Affairs Canada and Deputy Registrar General
-1978-1979: Chairman, Economic Council of Canada
-1979-1983: Head, Department of Economics and Statistics, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
-1984-1985: Deputy Minister, International Trade and Co-ordinator, International Economic Relations
-1985-1988: Ambassador for Multilateral Trade Negotiations and the Prime Minister's Personal Representative for the Economic Summit
-1989: Volvo Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, New York
-1989: Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Studies and Visiting Professor, Department of Economics and Political Science, University of Toronto
-1990: Chairman, Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto
-1990-1994: Chairman, National Council of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs
-1991-1997: Chancellor, University of Waterloo

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Correspondence, addresses, certificates and diplomas, diaries, appointment books, course and lecture notes, notes, memoranda, reports, manuscripts, publications, press clippings, photographs, slides, posters, and artifacts documenting Dr. Sylvia Ostry's career as a student; as a professor at McGill University, Université de Montréal, and the University of Toronto; and as a career civil servant with the Federal Government of Canada, especially in relation to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade negotiations of the late 1980s.

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These records do not comprise the whole that Dr. Ostry has created over the years. Those assembled in her official positions with the Government of Canada during the 1970s and the 1980s have been deposited at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.

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