Dr. Cooper is Chief Economist of Dominion Lending Centres. In this role, she helps Canadians understand the issues surrounding their most important financial decision—buying a home. An award-winning authority on finance and economics, Dr. Cooper is also TMX Industry Professor at DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University.
She served until 2013 as Chief Economist and Executive Vice-President of BMO Financial Group, where she was responsible for global economic and financial forecasting as well as country-risk and industry-risk analysis. She joined BMO Financial Group in 1994 when it acquired Burns Fry, where she had been Chief Economist, Co-Head of Fixed Income and the first female director of a Bay Street investment firm.
Dr. Cooper began her career at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. where she worked very closely with then-Chairman, Paul Volcker and subsequently joined the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) as Director of Financial Economics.