Part Of Our DNA
At BMO, we are defined by a set of values and actions that inform how we work together, treat our customers and serve our communities. Diversity, and how we learn from each other’s differences, is one of the four values that guide us in our daily work. We know that diversity and inclusion is what ensures that all people at BMO feel valued, respected and heard, leading us to stronger performance.
Our Leadership Committee for Inclusion & Diversity, made up of senior leaders from across BMO, has developed a bold multi-year strategy to drive performance by being the leader in diversity and inclusion.
We are committed to achieving industry leadership by diversifying our Board, senior leadership, and across all levels of the organization, through innovative talent practices and diverse workforce representation goals.
Leaders and employees from across BMO were tapped to co-create a multi-year learning experience – “Learn From Difference”. It starts with understanding the value of diversity and inclusion and the importance of being aware of your own biases. This enables us to speak up and change the conversation, so that we can all take action and create an environment where we can learn from each other’s differences.
Our 11 Enterprise Resource Groups (ERGs) bring together people with similar affinities to act as local change agents within BMO. From BMO Pride and BMO without Barriers to the Latino Alliance and the Veterans Advisory Council, ERGs help us to ensure that all our people and customers feel valued and respected.
How we're doing
40% in leadership roles
26.9% of senior roles in Canada
14% of senior roles in the U.S.
We are leading the way with
85% of our people feeling we
are an inclusive company
Diversity makes us stronger
We believe that strength comes from difference. Our diversity and inclusion strategies have steadily transformed our senior leadership ranks and organizational culture. Today women make up 40% of senior leadership roles at BMO. Below are some of the examples of women who are leading the way at BMO. Here are some of the women who are leading the way at BMO.
Manisha BurmanManaging Director & Chief Human Resources Officer Capital Markets & International
“At BMO, we put a significant focus on talent…I am most proud when I see someone who has worked with me grow their career. It’s rewarding to see my colleagues achieve their career goals, and, to know I’ve played a role (big or small) in their success.”Read Manisha's story
Claudette McGowanVice President, Digital Workspace Services
“Over time, I've learned how important it is to assist with the growth and development of the next generation of leaders. In many cases, I am approached by visible minorities or women in technology who are inspired by my journey and looking for guidance. Connecting with people and assisting with their journey is truly an honour.”Read Claudette's story
Lisa MilburnChief Operating Officer, BMO Insurance
“I’m proud of the BMO for Women program and our commitment to being a leader in promoting and advancing Diversity and Inclusion.”Read Lisa's story
Gayle RamsayVice President, Customer Analytics
“I love working for BMO because of the collaboration and the commitment to deliver a great customer experience.”Read Gayle's story
Angela SimHead, DevOps and Shared Services
“My greatest satisfaction is when people say that I made a difference in their lives or that they want to model some of my behaviors.”Read Angela's story
Proud of our achievements
Since first winning the prestigious Catalyst Award in 1994 for initiatives to promote women at BMO (we were the first-ever Canadian company to receive the award), our Diversity & Inclusion efforts have moved us to a leader in the industry, demonstrated by the recent awards below, such as 2016 Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index.
Gender-Equality Index 2017
Diversity Employers 2015
– Best Workplaces in Canada 2016
– Best Places to Work 2016
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