Career Story

Matthew Hontscharuk

Vice President, Credit,
BMO Capital Markets,
Canada & International

At BMO, I am fortunate to work at leading financial institution that offers me tremendous responsibility, a breadth of opportunities to enhance my knowledge of banking and finance, and plethora of avenues for professional and leadership development

Why did you decide BMO was right for you and why do you love working here?

I was keen on starting my professional career in Investment Banking and BMO Capital Markets (“BMOCM”) was consistently ranked atop the League Tables for M&A and Equities. I knew that working at BMOCM would provide with a comprehensive and unequivocally invaluable investment banking experience where I could enhance and fine-tune my knowledge of capital markets, financial modeling, and sales pitching.

I love working at BMO because of (1) the breadth of opportunities available to its employees and; (2) the credibility that BMO’s brand commands as a result of its impressive historical track record of success.

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

Being a team-player, having a positive attitude, and a strong work ethic.

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

Informally, I have had numerous mentors at BMO (inside and outside of HR) that have helped me better understand (1) my development goals and; (2) specific areas of the Bank that would be of interest to me from a professional development perspective.

As I explored new opportunities at BMO, I learned to always have an open mind and to not be afraid to try something new! As a BMO employee, I have been fortunate to experience a very unique career in Finance to date – it has taken from BMO Capital Markets, to BMO’s Private Equity Group (BMO Capital Partners), to BMO’s Restructuring Group (SAMU) to the Credit Group in ERPM.

What are you currently working on that is helping you build on different skills?

As VP – Credit, I am adjudicating credit applications across all industry segments in BMO Capital Markets. Previously, I had not worked in Credit and I am focused on enhancing my Credit Structuring skillset. Additionally, I am expanding my knowledge of industry segments I had not worked in previously while in BMOCM, including Project Finance in Power & utilities and Oil & Gas.


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