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Bank of Canada governor-general wins award, Dodges question

By Dan Perry
Gazette Staff

Dave Picard/Gazette
AWARD-WINNING 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 and industries.

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 sector.

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 said.

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 added.

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.



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