BMO Financial Group Announces Ron Jamieson Aboriginal Scholarship Program in Honour of Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame Inductee



    Unique scholarship opens doors to post-secondary education and provides
    valuable work internship for 15 Aboriginal students

    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - BMO Financial Group announced a new scholarship
program for Aboriginal students named in honour of Ron Jamieson, former Senior
Vice-President Aboriginal Banking at BMO. Jamieson was with BMO for more than
13 years.
    Mr. Jamieson, a Mohawk from Six Nations, was inducted into the Canadian
Council for Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Toronto
yesterday. This prestigious award recognizes his deep and abiding commitment
to Aboriginal communities through his professional and volunteer contributions
over numerous years.
    "Not only do recipients of the Ron Jamieson BMO Financial Group
Aboriginal Scholarship Program receive a financial scholarship, they also have
the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through a paid summer
internship," said Ken Segboer, District Vice-President, Saskatchewan, BMO Bank
of Montreal. "Ultimately we would want to see these individuals land a
permanent role in BMO Financial Group as a personal or commercial banker or an
investment advisor," added Mr. Segboer.
    Mr. Segboer is the current BMO executive sponsor of Aboriginal
initiatives including the Aboriginal Networking Forum - an avenue to provide a
two-way dialogue on workplace issues affecting BMO's Aboriginal employees.
    During his tenure with the company Mr. Jamieson guided BMO Financial
Group's Aboriginal Banking team in building mutually beneficial and successful
business relationships with Aboriginal communities across the country. He also
wanted to foster and promote educational and employment opportunities for
Aboriginal youth.
    BMO congratulates this year's scholarship winners and wishes them
continued success in their careers.
    BMO Financial Group is committed to a diverse workforce and a supportive
and inclusive workplace. To learn more about the Ron Jamieson BMO Financial
Group Scholarship Program, please visit:
http://www4.bmo.com/careers/diversity.html and view the section on Attracting
Top Talent: Scholarships, Internships and Intake Programs.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Ralph Marranca, Toronto,
ralph.marranca@bmo.com, (416) 867-4995; Laurie Grant, Vancouver,
laurie.grant@bmo.com, (604) 665-7596; Lucie Gosselin, Montreal,
lucie.gosselin@bmo.com, (514) 877-8224, Internet: www.bmo.com


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