Research Fellow, Center for International Studies; Former Ambassador for Trade Negotiations, Canada
Sylvia Ostry, Ph.D., is the Distinguished Research Fellow, Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto.
She has a doctorate in economics from McGill University and Cambridge University. 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. Dr. Ostry 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.