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Investing in women. Accelerating progress.

Today, BMO joins worldwide celebrations to mark International Women’s Day. In alignment with our Purpose, to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life, we’re breaking down barriers to inclusion by empowering women and girls and investing in their success. 

Girls Belong Here seat share with host Deland Kamanga 

For seven years in a row, BMO has sponsored Plan International Canada’s Girls Belong Here program, which places young women in positions of leadership, power, and influence for a day. To mark International Women’s Day, Deland Kamanga, Group Head of BMO Wealth Management, offered up his role to youth ambassador Sara. Check out this video for highlights from their seat share.

The Prosperity Project’s report on Canada’s progress toward gender parity 

BMO partnered with The Prosperity Project for the release of its fourth annual report card on gender equity and leadership on March 4. This is the only diversity survey in Canada that measures pipeline to leadership positions and gender equity through an intersectional lens. Through BMO’s participation, we demonstrate our commitment to creating an inclusive, diverse workplace.  

Announcing the Carol Shields Prize for Fiction nominees 

Established in 2022, the Carol Shields Prize for Fiction aims to offset the gender pay gap in the literary world, addressing inequalities in reviewing, reading, and prize culture. The inaugural 2023 and 2024 prize purses were made possible by BMO’s gift of $200,000 USD annually. Today, the 2024 longlist is being announced and it includes women and non-binary writers from across Canada and the U.S., one of whom will win the $150,000 grand prize in May. 

Powerful Women: A photo exhibition by Angèle Etoundi Essamba 

In partnership with The Consulate General of the Netherlands in Toronto, BMO is presenting “Powerful Women,” a photo exhibition by Angèle Etoundi Essamba, a well-known Amsterdam-based artist. Her photographs break stereotypes and capture the beauty, hope, and resilience of Black women and will be shown in the First Canadian Place lobby in Toronto until March 29.

Photographer Angèle Etoundi Essamba’s work is on display for the first time in Canada at First Canadian Place in Toronto.

At BMO, our Zero Barriers to Inclusion strategy guides our efforts to increase gender equity for our workforce, particularly at senior leadership levels, and to support economic and social equity for girls and women. When women have equal opportunities to learn, earn, and lead, entire communities flourish.

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