Bank of Canada governor-general wins award, Dodges question
By Dan Perry
TELEVISION. David Dodge’s acceptance
of... an important-sounding award is telecast at the
Windemere Manor on Monday.
The man who holds the nation’s purse strings visited
Western yesterday — sort of.
A record audience of over 70 students, community members and
university faculty and staff gathered at Windemere Manor yesterday
to see a broadcast of David Dodge, the Bank of Canada’s
governor-general, deliver a speech live from Carleton University
upon receiving the 2003 Visionary Award from the Office for
Partnership of Advanced Skills in Ottawa.
The broadcast reached about 20 Canadian universities and the
question period after Dodge’s speech was operated on
a call-in format.
“OPAS awards individuals for what they’re trying
to accomplish, as a vision for the country and industry,” said
Western’s event organizer Raymond Leduc, who teaches administrative
and commercial studies, adding OPAS focuses on integrating universities
Dodge’s address, entitled Global Challenges, Canadian
Opportunities, centred on three key observations for business
students: gaining a global point of view, recognizing opportunities
in the financial sector and understanding the role of the public
Based on his experience in both the private and public sector,
combined with his time teaching at Queens University and Johns
Hopkins University, Dodge talked about the importance of having
a variety of approaches to the financial sector.
“[Students] should be thinking of careers that combine
the public and private sector experience as well as academics,” he
Dodge stressed the role of the public sector in the global
economy, citing a popular view: the private sector creates
wealth and the public sector redistributes it. “That
grossly underestimates the role of the public sector,” he
Fourth-year Western administrative and commercial studies student
Gavin Nelson said he thought Dodge gave a good speech. “He
touched on a lot of issues facing university and college students
today. He did a great job.”
Nelson used the last question of the day to ask Dodge about
Canada’s biggest strength in seeking new global opportunities.
“You are the strength. You are the ones that are going
to secure the opportunities,” Dodge answered, although
he remained silent on Nelson’s follow-up about which way
the interest rate should go next.
“[The seminar was] a good opportunity to mingle too, to
get [students] outside of their individual faculties, particularly
for third and fourth-year students who are thinking about getting
jobs,” Leduc said.