Dominion Lending Centres (DLC) has become the first mortgage broker network to have its own prominent in-house economist. The company announced today that Sherry Cooper, formerly BMO’s star Chief Economist, is now Chief Economist at DLC. It’s a head-turning move for Canada’s largest brokerage house, for various reasons. For one, Cooper is one of the most respected economists on the street, the type of professional that’s typically accessible full time only to large corporations. This move clearly indicates DLC’s intention to position itself more like a financial institution than just a brokerage firm, and in that sense it’s a powerhouse move.