BMO chief economist Sherry Cooper on retirement (and the bad boys of Bay Street)
A star was born 30 years ago, when a petite young U.S. economist moved to Toronto to join brokerage firm Burns Fry. Smart, stylish and tough, Sherry Cooper became the belle of Bay Street. Burns Fry was acquired by Bank of Montreal in 1994, and Cooper rose to become the bank’s chief economist in 2006. By then, she had already shattered the grey institutional stereotype of bank economists, and set herself a mission to prepare baby boomers for their futures. The woman who wrote the book The New Retirement retired herself at the end of January.