Louis Rasminsky (1908 - 1998) MP

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Birthplace: Montreal, Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal, QC, Canada
Death: Died in Ottawa, Ottawa Division, ON, Canada
Occupation: 3rd Governor of the Bank of Canada
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Immediate Family

    • Lola
    • Michael

About Louis Rasminsky

Louis Rasminsky, CC, CBE (February 1, 1908, - September 15, 1998, Ottawa) was the third Governor of the Bank of Canada from 1961 to 1973, succeeding James Coyne. He was succeeded by Gerald Bouey.

Born in Montreal, he was raised in Toronto, graduated at Harbord Collegiate Institute, educated at the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics. In 1930, he started at the League of Nations as a specialist in monetary and banking issues. He joined the Bank of Canada in 1940, becoming executive assistant to the Governors of the Bank from 1943 to 1954 and Deputy Governor in 1955.

He served as Canada's executive director at the International Monetary Fund from 1946 until 1962. He was also executive director at the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development from 1950 to 1962.

In 1968, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour, "for his services to Canada and a life-long career in the fields of international economic affairs and central banking". In 1968, he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award, the highest honour in the Public Service of Canada. He was the first Canadian to receive an honorary degree from Yeshiva University. He also received honorary degrees from Carleton University, Trent University, and the University of British Columbia.

His daughter, Lola Rasminsky, currently is Founder and Director of the Avenue Road Arts School in Toronto. His son, Dr. Michael Rasminsky, practices neurology at the Montreal General Hospital.


Bruce Muirhead (1999). Against the Odds: The Public Life and Times of Louis Rasminsky. University of Toronto Press.

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February 1, 1908
Montreal, Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal, QC, Canada
September 15, 1998
Age 90
Ottawa, Ottawa Division, ON, Canada