Sylvia Ostry

Title: Sylvia Ostry fonds

Date(s) of creation:  1949-1998

Physical description: 7.75 metres of textual and graphic records

Admin. history/Biographical Sketch:  

Sylvia Ostry (nee Knelman) Ph.D., was born in Winnipeg 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.

Since 1997 she has been the Distinguished Research Fellow, Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto.    Dr. Ostry has held a number of positions in the Canadian Federal Government, among them, Chief Statistician, Deputy Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Chairman of the Economic Council of Canada, Deputy Minister of International Trade, Ambassador for Multilateral Trade Negotiations, and the Prime Minister's Personal Representative for the Economic Summit.  From 1979 to 1983 she was Head of the Economics and Statistics Department of the OECD in Paris. She has received 19 honorary degrees from universities in Canada and abroad and, in 1987, received the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Government of Canada.  In December, 1990 she was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest award in the Canadian national system of honours.  In June, 1991 she was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. 

She is a member of the Inter-American Dialogue; member of the Advisory Board, Institute of International Economics, Washington; of the Group of Thirty, Washington; of the Academic Advisory Council of the Deputy Minister for International Trade, and a founding member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. 

Her most recent publications include “Between Feast and Famine: Fixing Global Trade,” in Feeding the Future From Fat to Famine: How to Solve the World’s Food Crises. Andrew Heintzman, Evan Solomon (eds.), House of Anansi Press, Toronto: 2004; “The Future of the World Trading System: Beyond Doha” in Hard Choices, Soft Law: Voluntary Standards in Global Trade, Environment and Social Governance. John J. Kirton and Michael Trebilcock (eds.), Ashgate Publishing, England, USA, 2004; and“Summitry and Trade: What Could Sea Island Do for Doha”, in New Perspectives on Global Governance: Why America Needs the G8. Michel Fratianni, John J. Kirton, Alan M. Rugman, and Paolo Savona (eds.), Ashgate Publishing Limited, England, USA, 2005.

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Scope and content: 
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. 

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 l970s and the l980s have been deposited in the National Archives of Canada.

Access/Use: Open

Finding aids: Sylvia Ostry fonds 

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Accruals: Further accruals are expected.

Corresponding accessions: B1994-0016/ B2000-0012