BMO Harris Bank first to offer True Name feature for debit cards

 

Diversity and inclusion

Mastercard and BMO have announced that BMO will be the first bank globally to implement True NameTM on BMO Harris Mastercard Debit Cards in the U.S. The new offering will allow BMO Harris customers to use their chosen name on the front of their cards, without the requirement of a legal name change. For many […]

Kristi Michem and Lesley Marks BMO Female leaders make headlines promoting gender equality

 

BMO for Women, Diversity and inclusion

Kristi Michem, Chief Executive Officer of BMO Global Asset Management, who recently shared her seat with a Girls Belong Here ambassador, and Lesley Marks, Chief Investment Strategist of BMO Private Wealth Canada, and recent participant in the Day of the Girl roundtable discussion, have made headlines talking  about BMO’s commitment to advancing women’s empowerment, and […]

BMO and Catalyst leaders discussing intersectionality at work BMO and Catalyst leaders discuss inclusive leadership and emotional tax

 

Diversity and inclusion

Last week, BMO Harris Bank and Catalyst hosted an event and panel discussion in Chicago where leaders from both organizations heard from their senior leaders as they discussed intersectionality, emotional tax, the role of the inclusive leader, and how peers from neighboring businesses and communities can leverage these insights to be catalysts for positive change. […]

American Banker names Team BMO “Most Powerful Women in Banking & Finance” for 10th consecutive year

 

BMO for Women, Diversity and inclusion

For an unprecedented 10th year in a row, American Banker magazine has named BMO’s team of female leaders the “Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance,” recognizing them for their professional achievements and their impact on the banking and financial services industry. To top off a decade of wins, this year, Ernie Johannson, Group Head, […]

Michelle Obama speaks with Claudette McGowan BMO’s Claudette McGowan in conversation with Michelle Obama

 

Diversity and inclusion

At the recent Elevate technology conference in Toronto, BMO’s Chief Information Officer, Claudette McGowan, interviewed Michelle Obama.​ This year, Elevate brought together more than 20,000 people to hear from 300-plus innovators. And the main attraction was the far-ranging conversation between Claudette and the former First Lady, which touched on technology, career paths and diversity. On […]

Two young women participate in a roundtable discussion Day of the Girl Roundtable brings female leaders together with youth

 

BMO for Women, Diversity and inclusion

On September 16, BMO assembled a group of female leaders from across the bank—Personal and Business Banking, HR and Communications, Wealth Management, Capital Markets, and IT — to sit down with seven young women participating in the Girls Belong Here program. They were joined by three inspiring female entrepreneurs and by Caroline Reisboro, CEO of […]

BMO Latin Alliance supports students at Cristo Rey High School

 

Diversity and inclusion

Latino Alliance is one of BMO’s most active and fastest growing Employee Resource Groups. Their mission is to empower Latino and Hispanic employees to contribute to the culture and success of BMO, and advocate and assist in the recruitment, recognition, development and advancement of Latino employees. For Latino Alliance, supporting the next generation is a […]

Catherine Roche Catherine Roche on Empowering Women in Business

 

BMO for Women, Diversity and inclusion

For decades, BMO has been deeply committed to removing barriers to women’s economic empowerment and promoting an inclusive market. We’ve done this by supporting women entrepreneurs with capital allocated specifically for financing women-owned businesses, investing in research to gain insight on how to better support them, creating innovative educational platforms and sponsoring business-related conferences and […]

Darryl White speaks with Ravicha Darryl White on Plan International Canada’s Girls Belong Here program

 

BMO for Women, Diversity and inclusion

The future depends on more young women feeling empowered to pursue leadership positions across all industries, in Canada and abroad. That’s why in 2018, seven BMO executives, including CEO Darryl White, took part in Plan International Canada’s Girls Belong Here program, inviting young women to step into their roles for a day. As part of […]

Photo of an employee Bringing more gender diversity to Capital Markets

 

Diversity and inclusion

At BMO, we’ve made an ongoing commitment to supporting women at all stages of their careers. As part of that, we’ve partnered with Women in Capital Markets and the Financial Women’s Association to help break through barriers with our sponsorship of their principal returnship programs, Return to Bay Street and Back2Business. These returnship programs help professional senior-level women […]

Two women with pride flags smiling at the parade BMO Pride shines bright at the Capital Pride Parade

 

Diversity and inclusion

This year, more than 60 BMO colleagues, friends, and family members from across the National Capital region gathered to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community by marching in the Capital Pride Parade. BMO Pride’s participation was a significant moment as our first year marching in the Capital Pride Parade. It was a particularly special moment for BMO […]

Robert Tintinalli BMO’s Tony Tintinalli recognized on Crain’s Chicago Notable LGBTQ Executives list

 

Diversity and inclusion

Crain’s Chicago Business has recognized Tony Tintinalli, Regional president, Chicago North region, on their Chicago’s Notable LGBTQ Executives list. Tony was recognized among 84 other top LGBTQ executives in Chicago for making an impact in the LGBTQ community, in our business, and in advancing workplace equality at BMO. Tony has been with BMO for 21 […]

Brenda Pino with DEI award BMO Harris Bank scores 100 on Disability Equality Index

 

Diversity and inclusion

BMO Harris Bank received a score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index (DEI) – an annual, national, transparent benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score, on a scale of zero (0) to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices – and was named the Best Place to Work […]

BMO’s Ann Marie Wright and Tracie Morris recognized on the Most Influential Women in Corporate America 2019 list

 

BMO for Women, Diversity and inclusion

Today, Savoy, a magazine that showcases, accelerates and drives positive dialogue on and about the African American community, announced its 2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America list. Based on their exemplary record of accomplishments, talent, leadership, influence and commitment to not just their company, but also their communities, Ann Marie Wright, U.S. Chief Auditor, […]

Lifting Each Other Up through Inclusion

 

Diversity and inclusion

At BMO, we say diversity and inclusion are in our DNA. Being inclusive comes naturally to us, because we know it’s a competitive advantage. Diverse teams are more innovative and better reflect our customers, so we can anticipate their needs more effectively. In this video, you’ll meet the team from our New York office. Although […]

Two women working together BMO Harris Bank ranked one of Forbes 2019 Best Employers for Women

 

BMO for Women, Diversity and inclusion

BMO Harris Bank has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers for Women in 2019. The list was compiled by surveying 60,000 U.S. employees – including more than 40,000 women – working for companies employing at least 1,000 people. As an industry leader in fostering diversity and inclusion, and an organization […]

Committing to our communities through actions large and small

 

BMO for Women, Diversity and inclusion

On June 28, 2019, almost 1,000 people gathered at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee to celebrate and honor the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2019 Women of Influence award honorees. Our very own Raquel Filmanowicz was recognized with a Women of Influence “Behind the Scenes” award. Now in its 20th year, the Women of Influence awards […]

Regardless of your gender identity or expression, we're here to help. BMO’s Gender Pronoun Initiative

 

Diversity and inclusion

“A wrong pronoun here and there might not seem like a big deal, but imagine that each time someone is misgendered, they receive a brick to carry,” says Kei Sista, Expense Analyst at BMO. “By the end of the day, they are exhausted under the weight of all those bricks.” In 2017, BMO customer service […]

Women Deliver Conference Shines Light on Women’s Economic Empowerment

 

BMO for Women, Diversity and inclusion

On June 3-6 2019, Vancouver acted as the first-ever North American host to Women Deliver 2019, the world’s largest gathering on gender equality and the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. Women Deliver brought together world leaders, influencers, innovators and change-makers. The conference this year shone a light on the issue of power […]

Two women smiling A Proud History of LGBTQ2+ Support

 

Community giving, Diversity and inclusion

1969 was a historical year for gay rights in Canada and the United States. In the U.S., the Stonewall riots helped kick off the gay liberation movement. Meanwhile, in Canada, homosexuality was decriminalized. These were landmark moments in a fight for equality that continues until this day. This year, as we mark the 50th anniversary […]

BMO Launches Canadian Veterans Advisory Council

 

Diversity and inclusion

In April 2019, BMO launched our newest Employee Resource Group (ERG): the Canadian Veterans Advisory Council (VAC). Like its U.S. counterpart, the group aims to support, develop and promote the unique talents of our military veteran employees. VAC offers assistance and training, as well as help in building networks, preserving social memory and celebrating the […]

Day of Pink 2019 BMO Celebrates the International Day of Pink

 

Diversity and inclusion

Every year on the International Day of Pink, millions of people around the world wear pink to unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, anti-LGBTQ bullying and discrimination. At BMO, Day of Pink is also a chance to listen to and learn from the experiences, perspectives and backgrounds of our […]

International Women's Day International Women’s Day Discussion on Economic Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs

 

BMO for Women, Diversity and inclusion

The future depends on more women participating in the workforce. Research shows that companies with higher representation of women in executive leadership tend to outperform in terms of competitiveness and financial performance.  So it’s important for women at all stages in their professional lives to see themselves reflected in boardrooms, executive positions and other leadership […]

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