New Innovation Center Provides Opportunity for Youth to Connect with BMO Executives and Discuss Their Vision for a Sustainable Future
Fourth year of participation in Plan International Canada’s Girls Belong Here program, promoting leadership opportunities for young women
TORONTO and CHICAGO, October 6, 2021 / CNW / – Before International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, BMO Financial Group demonstrates its continued support through a series of initiatives aimed at encouraging young women on the path to leadership and supporting the goal of a sustainable future.
Plan International Canada’s Girls Belong Here program places young women in positions of leadership, power and influence for a day. One year on from the start of BMO’s five-year Zero Barriers to Inclusion strategy, International Day of the Girl reminds us of the continued importance of amplifying girls’ voices, defending their rights, assessing their position in society and strengthen their capacity as decision-makers.
“Entering our fourth year of participation in The girls belong here, we are continually inspired by these young women who are engines of innovation, inspiration and dynamism ”, declared Karen collins, Chief Talent Officer, BMO Financial Group. “Fostering inclusion in the corporate world begins by preparing our future leaders for success and enabling them to realize their full potential. We are proud to support The girls belong here and as we celebrate International Day of the Girl Child; We continue to boldly fulfill our goal of growing good, working towards our goal of zero barriers to inclusion. “
Additionally, in line with BMO’s announcement regarding the transition to a net zero world, BMO is celebrating International Day of the Girl by reaffirming its commitment to a sustainable future.
Annual share of seat with BMO’s general counsel, Sharon Haward-Laird
In this year’s siege share, Sharon Haward-Laird, BMO’s general counsel will offer her role to Riti *, a participant in the youth program.
“The Girls Belong Here program is very close to my heart because it upholds the values of gender equity and youth empowerment, two themes that inspire my long-term engagement with Plan International Canada,” said Riti *, Head of Plan Canada, The girls belong here participant. “The seat-sharing program with BMO will allow me to gain an intimate glimpse into an industry in which I hope to pursue a career, to have my voice heard at a table where important decisions are made and to consider the importance maintain community relations at all levels. influence to implement change both locally and globally.
Riti, 19, is a second year Bachelor of Arts student at the University of British Columbia where she is pursuing a major in gender studies and a minor in law and society. She is from Saskatchewan where she is a guest of honor in Treaty 6 territory. She is passionate about social, environmental and economic justice, which has paved the way for her advocacy and activism.
BMO A Just Transition Innovation Center
New this year, BMO hosted an interactive ThinkTank inspiring young people to work towards a sustainable future. Last week, BMO gave seven young people the opportunity to consult and share their perspective on sustainability issues and hear from industry experts. Hosted by BMO’s sustainability team, the event featured a three-part discussion followed by a networking session where young people could connect and share their concerns and questions. As a result of the discussion, important issues were raised and discussed, but one participant, Rhea *, understood the importance of this program saying that “mentoring allows you to reach out and bring people together. other women to the top ”.
The conversation is now developed into a podcast, available October 7e, articulated around the three discussions. Participants discussed what sustainability and a sustainable future mean to them, why our current energy system is not “fair” and the growing need to meet the needs of women and marginalized groups.
Women entrepreneurs are leading the way for the next generation of girls. The face of leadership is changing in business and BMO is acting as a catalyst for the next generation of girls who want to own their own businesses.
As International Day of the Girl approaches, BMO will evolve its series of social media content on women business owners. The updated content will tell the stories of women about what it means for them to inspire the next generation of young female leaders.
BMO Women Leaders Leading the Way
For many years, BMO executives have been named WXN from Canada Most Powerful Women: Top 100, including the last five years in a row.
American Banker Appointed Ernie Johannson, Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking in North America, to her list of the most influential women in banking; Tracie Morris, director of human resources and director of inclusion in the United States, was recognized in the same publication as “Standout”.
Gina Jeneroux, Head of Learning, BMO Financial Group, received the Learning Leader of the Year from the Learning Performance Institute (LPI) in 2020.
BMO’s Ongoing Commitment to Gender Equality
Beyond International Day of the Girl, other initiatives and highlights of BMO’s work to advance gender equality include:
BMO has maintained its position of gender equity with 40-60% representation of women in senior leadership roles, in line with its 2025 Zero Barriers to Inclusion diversity goals.
BMO is committed $ 200,000 in grants to recognize 26 women-owned businesses across North America for their contribution to social, environmental and / or economic sustainability outcomes through the policies, practices or products of their organizations.
launched a $ 750 million Women in Business Bond solution with proceeds earmarked for women-owned businesses as defined under BMO’s Sustainable Finance Framework, including micro, small and medium enterprises.
BMO Expanded Grants Program for Women-Owned Businesses in North America.
Announcement $ 1.2 million in funding at SheEO – a non-profit company that provides financial support to businesses run by women and non-binary people. BMO’s financial commitment will allow SheEO to fund all of the companies that are candidates for the 2021 adventure that are working to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
BMO has partnered with Prosperity Project to gain insight into women in leadership.
BMO recognized for 6e year in a row by the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index.
BMO is named one of Equileap’s Top 100 Gender Equitable Companies in the World in its 2021 Global Gender Equality Report and Rankings.
Recognized in the 2021 Women in Business Leadership Report list here.
BMO Harris Bank was featured on Forbes’s America’s Best Employers For Diversity 2021 for the third year in a row.
BMO’s dedicated website, BMO for Women, provided tools and educational resources for women entrepreneurs, including the Bold (h) er podcast series.
The bank is committed to doubling its leading support for women entrepreneurs as part of its Purpose commitments.
In 2020, BMO is committed $ 300 million for Small Business Loans to Expand Resources for Women – Black and Latinx-owned small businesses in the United States, as part of its BMO EMpower initiative and as part of that commitment, added a new BMO Credit for Women in Business program in its entirety.
BMO Harris Bank launched WMN • FINtech in 2020, a mentorship program for women-led fintech start-ups and the latest evolution of the BMO Harris / 1871 Innovation Program, designed to empower more women entrepreneurs. ‘bring cheeky advanced technology and products.
About BMO Financial Group
Serving clients for 200+ years, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank in terms of assets, North America. With total assets of $ 971 billion from July 31, 2021, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to over 12 million clients and operates through the through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.
*Last names of program participants are not included for confidentiality reasons
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