Career Story

Aine O'Flynn

Managing Director,
Director of Canadian & UK Research,
Capital Markets

We are going to capitalize on the capabilities and bring better, deeper, more innovative and insightful research to our clients. I can’t wait!

In your experience, what has made you successful at BMO?

What has made me successful at BMO has been the support of my managers over the years as well as their belief, trust and confidence in me that has allowed me to succeed. The culture is unique and something special. The accessibility and attentiveness of all levels of the organization make it a great place to work.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is talking to our clients about our team and our research product and hearing their views, opinions and thoughts on what is good, bad and where we can improve. Then going back and making those changes (where it makes sense) and seeing the results!

What has helped you in your career development and what lessons have you learned along the way as you explored new opportunities at BMO?

The 3 most important lessons that I would share would be:

  1. Ask the question. If you don’t ask, you will never know the answer. At times you may not like the answer, but if you have an answer, you at least have something to work with.
  2. Don’t be shy. Talking to people from outside your department is a great way to understand the opportunities that may exist outside your walls. I was never once turned down when I asked if I could buy someone a coffee!
  3. Take a chance! Nothing ventured, nothing gained – I went from research to the trading floor – it was quite a change. I was out of my comfort zone at first but as time went by it felt like home.

What excites you about the next year ahead?

As we move into 2017, I am excited by the opportunities that lie ahead. We launched a new look, feel and content to our research product along with a new authoring and distribution platform late this year. In 2017 we are going to capitalize on the capabilities and bring better, deeper, more innovative and insightful research to our clients. I can’t wait!

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