Jean Boivin was appointed deputy chief investment strategist at the BlackRock Investment Institute, a spokeswoman said.
It is a new position, and Mr. Boivin will join the London office in September.
The BII is money manager BlackRock's global platform that produces information for the firm's portfolio managers and clients.
Mr. Boivin will be responsible for identifying and delivering investment insights to investment professionals and clients across the globe.
“His vast knowledge of the global financial and economic landscape and deep policymaking experience are invaluable assets to the BII,” said Lee Kempler, executive director at the BII, in a news release.
Mr. Boivin most recently was associate deputy finance minister for the Ministry of Finance in Canada, and was also G-20, G-7 and Financial Stability Board deputy for Canada. He was previously deputy governor of the Bank of Canada. A spokesman for Canada's Ministry of Finance could not be reached for comment by press time.