Dian Cohen:

An Inventory of Her Audio Materials at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Brett Lougheed
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(2001)

Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers (September 2002)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - TC 92 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

Table of Contents

Collection Summary

Biography of Dian Cohen

Scope and Contents of the Papers

Organization of the Papers

Restrictions on Use

Custodial History

Other Finding Aids

Detailed Description of the Collection

Interview Tapes for “The Global Economy”, 1995

Old Mixes of “The Global Economy” [19-?]

“Money, Power and Politics Interview Tapes” [1980s], 1987

“Money, Power and Politics” Episode Tapes

"The Next Canadian Economy" Interviews [1980s]-1992, [19-?]

"No Small Change" Interview Tapes 1992, [19-?]

Unrelated Material 1972-2000, [19-?]

CBC Radio Ideas Tapes, 1983-[19-?]

Open College Interview Tapes, 1987, [19-?]

Unrelated Material 1984-[1990s], [19-?]

“Economics: Money, Power & Politics” Tapes 1970s

“Macroeconomics” Program Tapes 1980s

“Microeconomics” Program Tapes, 1980s

“Growth Can Be Green” Program Tapes: [19-?]

CBC Documentaries and Commentaries, 1970s-1980s


Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2

Creator:
Dian Cohen

Title:
Dian Cohen fonds

Dates:
1951-2001

Quantity:
8.2 m of textual records and other materials

Identification:
MSS 143, PC 149, TC 94

Language
English.

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Biography of Dian Cohen

Dian Cohen, the daughter of Bernice Stern and Hyman Nusgart, was born in Winnipeg on July 11, 1932. Cohen was aware of the world of economics from a young age as her father was a grain-broker for the Winnipeg Grain Exchange. At the age of 15, she left Canada and traveled to Israel to work in a kibbutz where she picked plums and for three months, became a staunch Communist. She then returned to Canada.

In 1951, Cohen moved to London, England to become a foreign exchange clerk for Royal Insurance, Bleichroder, Bing, a subsidiary of Lloyd’s of London. While in London, she met and married famed playwright M. Charles Cohen at the New West End Synagogue on January 25, 1953. Following their marriage, the Cohens returned to Canada. They had three children together: Lisa Ruth born November 12, 1959, Nina Eve born February 22, 1964, and Tamara Geneva born July 13, 1968.

From 1953 to 1956, Cohen worked towards attaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto while simultaneously working as a freelance bookkeeper. Cohen received her BA in 1956 with Majors in Economic History and Political Science. She then undertook post-graduate studies at McGill University in Banking, Public Policy, and Econometrics from 1956 to 1963. Cohen served as a teaching assistant for six of her eight years (1957-1962) at McGill. She also took an independent study program in Consumer Finance at the University of Miami in 1963.

Dian Cohen began her professional career immediately following her academic career. In 1963, she began a five year stint as a sessional lecturer in Economic Statistics at Sir George Williams (now Concordia) University. In 1964, she began her lengthy role as a syndicated economics and business commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She would remain in this capacity until 1984. In 1965, Cohen became the Research Economist and Publications Editor for the Private Planning Association (now the C.D. Howe Research Institute) and served in this role until 1970.

By 1968, Dian Cohen commenced her career as a syndicated newspaper and magazine columnist on personal money management, economic and business affairs. Between 1968 and 1988, her articles regularly appeared in ten magazines and fifteen newspapers. In 1970, Cohen developed and produced an educational kit of personal money management techniques for the Royal Bank. Entitled “Your Money Matters”, the kit was such a success that Boards of Education in every province used it to teach student fiscal responsibility. Cohen parlayed her previous successes in print and radio into a successful career as a public speaker. In 1975, she developed and marketed a series of personal money management workshops called “The Money Seminar”.

In 1977, Dian Cohen combined her talents for writing, teaching, and public speaking into an academic radio program called “Money, Power and Politics - Understanding the Canadian Economy”. She co-wrote and co-hosted the program which aired on CJRT/Open College at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto. Cohen then entered the realm of television in 1979 when she accepted a position with CFCF-TV’s Pulse News in Montreal. She was CFCF’s Money Management Columnist until 1982. By 1981, Cohen returned to CJRT-FM/Open College to author and host another Ryerson credit course. This long-running course was entitled “Microeconomics/Macroeconomics”. The following year, she became a contributing columnist for Maclean’s magazine and remained in this position until 1987. Cohen’s influence now encompassed all media and she soon became one of Canada’s most well-known economic commentators.

The CTV Television Network soon recognized Cohen’s talents and popularity and hired her in 1984 to develop and host a business and economics segment for “Canada A.M.” Between 1984 and 1991, Dian Cohen became a fixture on Canadian news programs as CTV’s business and economics editor, including twice daily appearances on “Canada A.M.” That same year Cohen embarked on her tenure with CTV, she released her first book called The Next Canadian Economy . Cohen expanded her repertoire of radio programs in the mid- to late-1980s when she originated two more radio programs for CJRT/Open College. She wrote and hosted “Money, Power and Politics - How the Economy Works” from 1986 to 1989 and hosted “The Income Tax Phone In” program beginning in 1988. In the year between commencing these two new programs, Cohen released her second book, Money , for which she received a Literary Guild Award.

1989 was a year of change for Dian Cohen as she took on three new projects. She became the author and host of yet another CJRT/Open College radio program entitled “Growth Can Be Green”. In addition, she was designated as a Visiting Associate for the Americas Society in New York for one year. As part of her duties with the Americas Society, Cohen organized a conference and co-edited a book for the organization entitled To Save A Continent - Business Responds to North America’s Environmental Needs . Finally, Dian Cohen also became a columnist on pensions in the journal Benefits Canada . Cohen continued her blooming career as a popular economics author into the 1990s when in 1993 she co-authored the book No Small Change - Success in Canada’s New Economy with Guy Stanley which was a Book of the Month Club selection in 1993. The following year, Cohen and Stanley collaborated on another book called Class Action - Making the Future Work Now . Despite Cohen’s burgeoning career as a successful author, she still maintained a presence on Canadian radio and television. For three years, beginning in 1994, Cohen was co-host of a program for World Affairs/Baton Broadcasting System called “This Week in Business”. She also started writing and hosting another radio program for CJRT-FM/Open College in 1994 called “The Global Economy” and “Economics for a Global Economy”.

In addition to her many roles in the Canadian media, Dian Cohen also lent her expertise to several organizations. Cohen acted as Director for a number of companies including Noranda Forest Inc. (now Nexfor Inc.), PanCanadian Petroleum (now PanCanadian Energy Corp.), Royal Insurance (now Royal & Sun Alliance), Canadian Pacific Limited, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, and Second Cup. Cohen has been a part of numerous Advisory Boards, including chairing the Boards for the Government of Canada’s Business Immigration Program, the National YMCA Youth Enterprise Centres, and the National YMCA Employment Initiatives Program. She has also been a member of Advisory Councils for AT&T Canada, Monsanto Canada, the Canadian Hospital Association Vision Program, and Globe ‘92. Cohen has served as Trustee for the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan and the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, Public Governor for the Canadian Institute for Chartered Accountants, and Regent for the Canadian Institute for Chartered Accountants. She was also a member of the Economic Council of Canada and the National Task Force on Biotechnology. Her service to the nation does not just extend to government and corporations. Dian Cohen has also volunteered her time as the Co-Chair of the Corporate Fund for Breast Cancer Research, advisor to Casey House, and a member of the Comite consultatif d’urbanisme, Municipalite de Hatley, Quebec.

Cohen’s talents as a writer have been recognized in the numerous awards she has received. In addition to the Literary Guild Award she received for Money , she was the recipient of the National Business Writing Award in 1978 and 1983. Her work for Ryerson Polytechnical Institute resulted in them conferring to her the title of Fellow in 1979. She has also been deemed a Doctor of Letters by Acadia University in 1996 and Doctor of Laws by the University of Manitoba. Cohen’s dedication to her work and to her nation have resulted in two other prestigious awards. In 1975, the YWCA of Montreal named her their Woman of Achievement, and in 1993, Dian Cohen was named to the Order of Canada.

Today, Cohen, who divorced from her husband in 1980, now lives in Quebec, continues her literary, public speaking, and consultative career. She is President of DC Productions Limited, her own communications company that specializes in economic, business, and financial analysis and strategy. Her fourth book, published in 1999, is entitled The New Retirement: Powerful Strategies to Accumulate and Safeguard Your Retirement Savings . Her most recent book, co-authored with Guy Stanley, was published in 2001 and titled Net Results . Retirement for Dian Cohen is a long way off as she continues to be one of Canada’s most prolific and well-respected economists.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The material in the fonds range from the early 1950s to 2001. They reflect the life and career of Dian Cohen as a columnist, author, public speaker, educator, economic consultant, and television and radio commentator.

The fonds consists of correspondence and reports; photographs and certificates; audio cassettes; videotapes; computer diskettes (5 1/4" floppies); and clippings and other printed materials. Both the print and electronic formats are comprised of notes, drafts and scripts for news columns and commentaries on radio and television programs; interviews and transcriptions; speeches and addresses; essays, course outlines and lecture notes; briefs, submissions and reports of commissions of enquiry; briefing books on communications, the Canadian economy and other topics; and promotional materials.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 15 series.

  • Interview Tapes for “The Global Economy”, 1995
  • Old Mixes of “The Global Economy” [19-?]
  • “Money, Power and Politics Interview Tapes” [1980s], 1987
  • “Money, Power and Politics” Episode Tapes
  • "The Next Canadian Economy" Interviews [1980s]-1992, [19-?]
  • "No Small Change" Interview Tapes 1992, [19-?]
  • Unrelated Material 1972-2000, [19-?]
  • CBC Radio Ideas Tapes, 1983-[19-?]
  • Open College Interview Tapes, 1987, [19-?]
  • Unrelated Material 1984-[1990s], [19-?]
  • “Economics: Money, Power & Politics” Tapes 1970s
  • “Macroeconomics” Program Tapes 1980s
  • “Microeconomics” Program Tapes, 1980s
  • “Growth Can Be Green” Program Tapes: [19-?]
  • CBC Documentaries and Commentaries, 1970s-1980s

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Restrictions on Use

Material deemed confidential is restricted. Researchers must abide by the proper copyright legislation if they wish to use any of the material in future publications.

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated by Dian Cohen to Archives & Special Collections in 1997, accession number A.97-56. The book Net Results was donated in 2001.

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Other Finding Aids

Manuscript Collection (MSS 143)

Photograph Collection (PC 94)

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Interview Tapes for “The Global Economy”, 1995
BoxFolder
1 Sylvia Ostry, University of Toronto, 1994
Jude Wanniski, Polyconomics Inc., 1994
Kenneth Galbraith, retired, 1994
Alvin Toffler, 1994
Jim Fleck, York University, 1994
Guy Stanley, Hautes Etudes Commerciales, 1994
Thomas Schelling, 1995
Robert Hormats, VP Goldman Sacks, New York, 1994; Kubaritch (?)
Yves Berube Lavalin, former PQ minister, 1994; Michel 10 Belanger (?)
Hugh Segal, address to Empire Club, 1991
Nancy Riche, Canadian Labor Congress, 1994
Ron Gamey, Canadian Pacific, Toronto, 1994; Alan Westbrook; Kim Shannon; Mike Barnard

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Old Mixes of “The Global Economy” [19-?]
BoxFolder
1 Old Mixes of “The Global Economy” #2-5, 7-12
New Mix of “The Global Economy” #5

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“Money, Power and Politics Interview Tapes” [1980s], 1987
BoxFolder
2 John Crispo, University of Toronto, [1980s]
Ian Drummond, University of Toronto, [1980s]
Ivan Berkok, Concordia, [1980s]
Ludwig Auer, Economic Council of Canada, 1980s; Donald 7 Armstrong, McGill, [1980s]
Donald Armstrong, McGill, [1980s]
Chris Green, McGill, [1980s]
Doug Peters, economist, Toronto Dominion Bank, [1980s]
Michael Walker, President, Fraser Institute, Vancouver, [1980s]
Tony Boeckh, CEO Bank Credit Analyst, Montreal, [1980s]
John Williamson, Washington, 1987; William Niskannen, 1987

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“Money, Power and Politics” Episode Tapes
BoxFolder
2 “Money, Power and Politics” Episodes #1-2, 4-22 (two copies of 18-40 #5 and 7)
Free Trade, January 28, 1987
“Macroeconomics” Episodes #1-6, 13-14, 17-24
“Macroeconomics” #20 - Globalization

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"The Next Canadian Economy" Interviews [1980s]-1992, [19-?]
BoxFolder
3 Sol Casimir, YMCA Canada, 1980s
Frank Tyaak, Westinghouse, [1980s]
Jacques Parizeau, Finance Minister, Quebec, April 2, 1984
Andrew Kneiwasser, Investment Dealers Association, March 13, 1984; ? Charron, PQ Minister, Quebec, March 13, 1984
Roy Cottier, Northern Telecom, [1980s]
Moshe Safdie, EXPO architect, EXPO ‘67, [1980s]
Art Kube, labor leader, B.C., 1984
Gary Doer, labor leader, Manitoba, 1984
Gary Doer, labor leader, Manitoba, 1984; Michael Decter, Secretary of Cabinet, Manitoba, 1984
Gilles Paquette, University of Ottawa, 1984
Don Huggett, tax accountant, [1980s]
Walter Light, Northern Telecom, 1980s; Robert Blair-Nover (?)
Carl Beigie, C.D. Howe Institute, 1980
Les Reid, UBC, [19-?]
Pierre Laurin, Hautes Etudes Commerciales, [19-?]
Solon Krugman, Weitzman, [19-?]
Buzz Gibbs, March 5, 1992
Lloyd Barber, March 9, 1991
Bill Lee, Charles Mayer, [19-?]
Bill Watson, McGill, [19-?]
Knut Hammerskold, Atwater Institute, [19-?]
James Tobin, Nobel Laureate, [19-?]
Yamoaka, Toyota, [19-?]
Wendy Dobson, University of Toronto, [19-?]
Nancy Riche, Canadian Labor Congress, [19-?]; Steve Blank
Fred Blazer, Canada-Mexico Association, [19-?]
William Turner, Consolidated Bathurst, [19-?]
David Slater, Economic Council of Canada, [19-?]
Alec Vicas, McGill, [19-?]; John Langford
Alec Vicas, McGill, [19-?]
James Tobin, Year of Nobel Prize, [19-?]
Bobbi Cain, Economic Council of Canada, [19-?]
Maurice Levy, UBC, [19-?]
Ted Carmichael, C.D. Howe Institute, [19-?]; John Grant
Paul Pare, Imperial Tobacco, [19-?]
Lynne Pepall, Concordia, [19-?]
David Perry, Canadian Tax Foundation, [19-?]
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4 Tom Rymes, University of Western Ontario, [19-?]
Joseph Schulman, investment analyst, [19-?]
Ed Neufeld, Royal Bank of Canada, [19-?]
Barry Lesser, McGill, [19-?]
John Langford, McGill, [19-?]
James MacIntosh, Concordia, [19-?]
Rodney de C. Grey, Government of Canada, [19-?]
George Grantham, University of Toronto, [19-?]
Havi Echenberg, Anti-Poverty Group, [19-?]
Frances Bairstow, McGill, [19-?]
Richard Schultz, McGill, [19-?]
John Kettle, futurist, [19-?]
Knut Hammerskold, Atwater Institute of Canada, [19-?]
Sylvester Damus, Economic Council of Canada, [19-?]
Barry Lesser, McGill, June 11, 1987
Jan Meyers, management, Ottawa, [19-?]
Dick Martin, Canadian Labor Congress, [19-?]
Arthur Drache, lawyer, Ottawa, [19-?]
Samuel Hollander, University of Toronto, [19-?]
Leonard Waverman, University of Toronto, [19-?]; John Grant, chief economist, Wood Gundy, [19-?]
37 Tom Naylor, McGill, [19-?]
38 John Grant, chief economist, Wood Gundy, [19-?]; Ted Carmichael
39 Buzz Gibbs, Bell social policy analyst, [19-?]
40 Lester Thurow, MIT, [19-?]
41 Simon Reisman, former Deputy Minister of Finance, October 16, 1987
42 Pierre Lortie, President, Montreal Stock Exchange, [19-?]

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"No Small Change" Interview Tapes 1992, [19-?]
BoxFolder
5 Geoff Poapst, Public Policy Forum; Rod Bryden, Systemhouse, Ottawa; Hugh McDiarmid, Lumonics, Ottawa; Mike Jalbert, Montreal; March 6, 1992
Hugh McDiarmid, Lumonics, Ottawa, 1992
Jean Monty, Bell Telephone; Howard Cohen, Design Exchange; Susan Murray; Anne Dupre; March 5, 1992
Jean Monty, Bell Telephone; Howard Cohen, Design Exchange; Susan Murray; Anne Dupre; March 5, 1992
Bill Stinson, Canadian Pacific, 1992
Nuala Beck, Consultant, Toronto, [19-?]
Allan Taylor, CEO Royal Bank of Canada, [19-?]; Pat Lafferty, Coopers and Lybrand, [19-?]
David Seibel, public policy consultant; Arthur Anderson; Stu 8 Wells; Ivan Felligi; [19-?]
Lynn Macdonald, CEO Noranda Forest, [19-?]; Ron Gamey
Arthur Hansen, CEO International Institute for Sustainable 10 Development, Winnipeg, 1992; Runnels; Henderson; Lipsey
Leonard Lee, CEO Lee Valley Tools, Ottawa, 1992

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Unrelated Material 1972-2000, [19-?]
BoxFolder
5 Frank Lamont, [19-?]
Dian Cohen, address to Canadian Club, November 1985
Dian Cohen, “The Economy and Financial Planners - 2000 A.D., [19-?]
Rubash, [19-?]
Dian Cohen, Judith Maxwell, Wealth of a Nation - Part Three, February 9, 1972
Competition Commentary, [19-?]
Bottom Line Pilot, Blue Cross, three commercials, [1980s]

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CBC Radio Ideas Tapes, 1983-[19-?]
BoxFolder
6 CBC Radio Ideas Tapes, 1983-[19-?]

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Open College Interview Tapes, 1987, [19-?]
BoxFolder
6 Donald Armstrong, McGill, [19-?]
Richard Lipsey, Queens, [19-?]
Les Reid, UBC, 1987
Jeff Hale, 1987
Tom Naylor, McGill, [19-?]
Ivan Berkok, Concordia, [19-?]
Richard Schultz, McGill, May 1987
Bill Watson, McGill, [19-?]
Bill Watson, McGill, [19-?]; Kompas,
Samuelson; Solow; Dornbusch; [19-?]
Carl Beigie, C.D. Howe Institute, [19-?]
Fisher, [19-?]
Daniel Shapiro, [19-?]
Sims, [19-?]
Lynn Peppall, Concordia, [19-?]
“Money, Power and Politics II”, Program 16, [19-?]
Link inter-Department, Macro Program, 21

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Unrelated Material 1984-[1990s], [19-?]
BoxFolder
6 Investment Seminar, “Success”, 1990s
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, March 1988
Theory of Surprises, [19-?]
Role of CEO, 1990s
Foolin’ Around, [19-?]
Americas Society, 1989-1991
The “House”, April 2, 1994
The Running of the Bulls, Scotia McLeod, March 22, 1985

(publicity tape)

R. Rhyman, Oil and Energy, [19-?]; McLlay, 1987
Financial Planning, [19-?]
Mike McCracken, [19-?]
US Federal Pensions, “60 Minutes”, Unfunded Liability , [19-?]
Melanie King, “Class Action”, CJAD, [19-?]
Union Matters, “Quarry”, 1984
John Godfrey, Arts National, December 4, 1987
Tony Rotherham, CPPA in the Oka Forest, [19-?]
Ingrid Bryan, Department of Economics, Ryerson, February 1995
Dian Cohen, “The Repercussions of Economic Facts on Compensation Issues”, [19-?]

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“Economics: Money, Power & Politics” Tapes 1970s
BoxFolder
7 “Economics: Money, Power & Politics” Segments #1-48, 1970s 7 (incl. 2 copies of segment #31)
“Macroeconomics” Program Tapes, 1980s

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“Macroeconomics” Program Tapes 1980s
BoxFolder
8 “Macroeconomics” Program Segments #1-24, 1980s

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“Microeconomics” Program Tapes, 1980s
BoxFolder
8 “Microeconomics” Program Segments #1-24, 1980s

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“Growth Can Be Green” Program Tapes: [19-?]
BoxFolder
9 “Growth Can Be Green” - Cohen’s Environmental Series for CJRT, [19-?]

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CBC Documentaries and Commentaries, 1970s-1980s
BoxFolder
912-23 Nagra audiotapes (1/4" or 6.35 mm) - CBC documentaries and commentaries, 1970s-1980s

(unlabeled)

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