Harry Kitchen Lecture in Public Policy

Founded in 2007, the Harry Kitchen Lecture in Public Policy honours Professor Harry Kitchen's contributions to research and public policy information. The annual series features academics and thought-leaders in the realm of public policy and economics, providing access to experts to Trent University students, and the wider community

Watch Harry Kitchen Lecture 2022:

Exploring The Crypto Frontier

Bitcoin, stablecoins and NFTs often enjoy top billing in daily newsfeeds, particularly in recent weeks. Carolyn A. Wilkins aims to demystify this crypto frontier, and the emerging decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem that crypto assets like bitcoin and ether enable. She talks about the origins and main features of the near US$2 trillion crypto asset market, what benefits it might hope to deliver to households and businesses, and the urgency of developing sensible legal and regulatory frameworks to address growing threats to investors, market integrity and financial stability for these benefits to be realized.

Carolyn Wilkins


Carolyn Wilkins smiling in headshot


External Member of the Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England, former Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada and Senior Research Scholar, Princeton University

About Carolyn Wilkins

Carolyn A. Wilkins is an external member of the Financial Policy Committee.

Carolyn is a senior research scholar at Princeton University’s Griswold Center for Economic Policy (January 2022-) and on the Board of Directors at Intact Financial Corporation (February 2021-). She is a mentor for the blockchain stream at the Rotman School of Management’s Creative Destruction Lab.

Prior to these appointments, Carolyn had a distinguished twenty-year career at the Bank of Canada, serving as Senior Deputy Governor (2014-2020), setting monetary and financial system policies with Governing Council, and overseeing strategic planning and economic research. She led the development of the Bank’s market liquidity facilities and large-scale asset purchase program as part of its COVID-19 response. She has made important contributions to international financial policies over her career, most recently as the Bank of Canada’s G20 and G7 Deputy and member of the Financial Stability Board. Carolyn has published and spoken on a broad range of international issues, including economic resilience, global financial regulation, and Fintech.

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