Dr. Sherry Cooper

Former Chief Economist, BMO Financial Group

Author of Bestseller ‘The New Retirement’


Dr. Sherry Cooper is a sought-after speaker, writer and advisor renowned for her ability to simplify and de-mystify the complex issues of economics and finance. Among her many accomplishments, she received the 2010 Lawrence Klein Award for U.S. forecasting accuracy, beating out a panel of 50 leading economists. She was a member of the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association and gives more than 70 speeches and presentations each year. Most recently, Dr. Cooper was appointed the TMX Industry Professor at DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. She is also Chief Economic Counsel to MDC Partners—a Nasdaq-listed global strategic marketing organization based in New York City.


Named “the megawatt celebrity economist” by Canada’s national newspaper –and repeatedly cited as one of the most influential women in Canada, Sherry served as Chief Economist and Executive Vice-President of BMO Financial Group (which includes the Bank of Montreal in Canada and BMO Harris Bank in the U.S.), where she led a highly-respected team of economists. 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, Vice- Chair and the first woman appointed a Director of a Bay Street investment firm. Frequently quoted in the financial press and interviewed on TV and radio in the U.S. and Canada, Sherry also published her third book in 2008 – The New Retirement: How It Will Change Our Future – which was a block-buster best-seller.


Dr. Cooper has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. Sherry retired from BMO Financial Group in 2013 to consult, write and speak all over the world.


“As long as I’m healthy, as long as I’m able, I will continue to work.”


The New Retirement

Global economic strategist Sherry Cooper explains that the boomer generation will be reaching traditional retirement age very soon and that an enormous wave of boomer retirees will crest in 2025. This phenomenon will profoundly affect the labour markets, the economy, and financial markets for decades. But will boomers retire the way their parents did? Or will they work longer and transition gradually into semi-retirement?


Cooper tells us that boomers will redefine retirement with great energy and creativity, working well beyond age 65 and mostly by choice. With the dramatic rise in their longevity, healthy goal-driven boomers will seek purposeful leisure—focusing on regeneration, rejuvenation, and low-stress contributions to society and their own personal wealth.


Follow Cooper through her own journey to discover the route to financial security. Learn how the new retirement is about living well while achieving both monetary security and your personal goals.


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