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 is a former Associate Deputy Minister of Finance in the Canadian government and a former President of the C.D. Howe Institute, Canada’s leading independent economic think tank and has served as non-executive director of a number of Canadian companies. She is also a director of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation, Senior Fellow at Massey College. She chairs the Pacific Trade and Development network (PAFTAD). Her course offerings include International Business in the World Economy and a Capstone Course in Canadian Public Policy. Her book Gravity Shift: How Asia’s New Economic Powerhouses Will Shape the 21st Century was a finalist for the National Business Book Award in 2010 while the Mandarin translation, Ya Zhou Xin Shi Li, was awarded the Annual Award for the Best Book in Finance and Economics by China’s well known and influential website Hexun.com. Her most recent publication is Living with China: a Middle Power Finds Its Way (University of Toronto Press, 2019). Her previous publications include Partners and Rivals: The Uneasy Future of China’s Relationship with the United States (2014) and The Future of Canada’s Relationship with China (2015).


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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