Wendy Dobson

Professor and Co-Director, Institute for International Business, Rotman School of Management;
Collaborative Master's Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Institute




105 St. George Street


Wendy Dobson is a Professor at the Rotman School of Management and Co-director of the Rotman Institute for International Business. She has offered courses in international business and Canadian public policy. Dobson is a former President of the C.D. Howe Institute Canada’s leading in dependent economic think tank, and has served as a non-executive director of a number of Canadian companies in finance and energy. She has also chaired the Pacific Trade and Development (PAFTAD) pan-Pacific research network. She is a director of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation and the Leacock Foundation. She has published more than two dozen books and articles on Asia and the International economy. Gravity Shift: How Asia’s New Economic Powerhouses Will Shape the 21st Century (2009) was a prize winner in Canada and received a Chinese award for the Mandarin edition. More recent books include Partners and Rivals: the Uneasy Future of China’s Relationship with the United States (2013). In 2020 her latest book Living with China: A Middle Power Finds its Way (2019) was a Finalist for the 2019 Donner Prize for the best book in Canadian public policy and Finalist 2020 for The National Business Book Award.

research interests

Emerging market economies
Economic integration in North America
International financial system
Regional and global governance
Canadian public policy issues


PhD, Princeton University
SM, Harvard University, School of Public Health
MPA, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
BScN, University of British Columbia

awards and distinctions

Student Choice Award for Teaching Excellence; Rotman School, 1994, 2002, 2012
Ohira Prize, awarded by Ohira Foundation, Tokyo, for best English-language book on the Asia Pacific economies, 1998
UBC Alumni of Distinction Award, 1993

recent courses

International Business in The World Economy
Capstone Course for the School of Public Policy and Governance


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