BMO for Women


At BMO, we know that gender inequality creates barriers to economic success. In fact, McKinsey Global Institute estimates that $12 trillion could be added to the global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. We are proud to provide financing for women-owned businesses, create innovative educational platforms, and sponsor organizations that support women entrepreneurs. BMO also invests in research that helps shed light on the tools women need to flourish and compete on a level playing field.


BMO brings female leaders together with youth

BMO brings female leaders together with youth

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Darryl White on Girls Belong Here Program

Darryl White on Girls Belong Here Program

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Women Entrepreneurship and Risk

Women Entrepreneurship and Risk

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BMO marks International Day of the Girl

BMO marks International Day of the Girl

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Women Entrepreneurs & Innovation Study

Women Entrepreneurs & Innovation Study

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Investing in women business owners

In 2018, we announced our commitment to advancing $3 billion in capital to women-owned businesses across Canada over the next three years. This builds on BMO’s commitment of $2 billion in credit for business owners announced in 2014.


Recognizing and fostering extraordinary women

BMO Celebrating Women is a BMO-created community program that recognizes and honours extraordinary women for their impact in community and philanthropic giving, business growth, innovation and leadership. In 2018, BMO hosted 14 BMO Celebrating Women events in Canada and the U.S. To date, BMO has recognized more than 130 women.

We also partner with a number of third-party organizations including:

  • GroYourBiz™ and the Women Presidents’ Organization – to deliver peer-to-peer mentorship, networking opportunities, and enriching experiences to help women business owners strive to reach even bigger goals.
  • #movethedial – to increase the participation and advancement of women in tech.
  • Women Get On Board – an organization that connects, promotes, and empowers women to corporate boards to advance gender equality in boardrooms across Canada.

BMO is also the executive sponsor of the Girls Take Over and International Day of the Girl activities with Plan Canada. We know that to fulfill their potential as future business owners and drivers of economic opportunity for our society, girls need to see themselves reflected in leadership roles. We are excited to see where their potential can take them.


Supporting women business leaders through education and thought leadership

Because education is critical to financial success, BMOforwomen.com offers toolkits and research for women entrepreneurs and investors. We also initiate and sponsor research on women entrepreneurs and innovation called, Everywhere, Every Day Innovating. BMO partnered on this landmark research with Carleton University, The Beacon Agency and the federal government – the result helped guide the 2018 Federal Budget strategy for women entrepreneurs.


BMO for Women website

Check out our dedicated BMOforWomen website to find toolkits and research for women entrepreneurs and investors.

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Workplace Diversity

Workplace diversity

Through innovative talent practices and ambitious workforce representation goals, BMO is focused on achieving industry leadership by increasing diversity across all levels of the organization.

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