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BMO named 2024 VETS Indexes 4 Star Employer

April 17, 2024 | Recognition

BMO is proud to announce that we’ve earned the designation of VETS Indexes 4 Star Employer for 2024. The award recognizes BMO’s commitment to recruiting, developing, and supporting Veterans and the military-connected community. 

The VETS Indexes survey and recognition program analyzes employers’ policies, practices, and outcomes across five categories: Veteran job candidate recruiting and hiring, Veteran employee development and retention, Veteran-inclusive policies and culture, support for members of the National Guard and Reserves, and military spouse/family support. 

“I am proud to work for an organization that values the unique skills that Veterans possess and appreciates their significant contributions to our country. This recognition demonstrates how BMO is making a Purpose-driven impact – by building an inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive.” 

– Juanita Hardin
Head, Treasury & Payment Solutions Risk and Compliance, and global chair of the BMO Veterans Advisory Council Employee Resource Group 

“BMO’s extraordinary efforts to hire, retain, and support Veterans and the military-connected community have earned the organization one of our highest awards. Competition for the VETS Indexes Employer Awards was tougher than ever in 2024, as a record number of organizations participated. Even with hundreds of employers in the running, BMO’s program stood out from the rest.” 

– George Altman
President, VETS Indexes 

This year, a record 344 organizations were considered for the VETS Indexes Employer Awards, more than triple the number from the 2021 inaugural awards. 285 were recognized across these levels: 5 Star Employer, 4 Star Employer, 3 Star Employer, and Recognized Employer. Participating organizations included public and private companies, government agencies and departments, nonprofit groups, and colleges and universities. 

The full slate of honorees can be found here:

BMO has a longstanding history of supporting the military community. Military-friendly programs and initiatives include:  

  • Recruitment partnerships with National Able Network, RecruitMilitary, Hire Our Heroes, Wounded Warriors, Hire Heroes USA, and Army PaYS. 
  • Partnership with American Corporate Partners to support Veterans transitioning to the private sector, where BMO employees are paired with service members to provide one-on-one professional mentoring.  
  • Veterans Advisory Council employee resource group comprised of more than 700 members supporting colleagues who are Reservists, Veterans, and military spouses.  
  • Military-ready hiring page.
  • Long-term partner of USO Illinois and USO Transition Program supporter. 
  • Official Bank of the Canadian Defence Community. 
  • Official Gold Sponsor of the Invictus Games Vancouver Whistler 2025.

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