BMO Financial Group Joins Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council - CAMSC



    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - BMO Financial Group announced today that it has
joined the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council - CAMSC - an
initiative that demonstrates BMO's commitment to enhancing access for
Aboriginal and visible minority suppliers and that strengthens its ability to
foster brand loyalty with the most rapidly growing groups of consumers in
Canada. Membership in CAMSC allows the bank to be responsive to this important
market by providing both financial services and new business opportunities to
help them grow their businesses.
    "Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses represent an emerging source of
competitive and innovative suppliers," said Michael Thornburrow, Senior Vice
President, Corporate Real Estate and Strategic Sourcing, BMO Financial Group.
"Our membership in CAMSC will reinforce our role as a corporate leader in
support of diversity initiatives and will help us build both supplier and
customer relationships and new business opportunities in the Aboriginal and
visible minority market."
    Mr. Thornburrow noted that BMO has a long history of being an employer
committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and said that this commitment is
central to the way BMO employees work together and with their customers. "We
draw our strength from the diversity of our people and our businesses," he
explained.
    Mr. Thornburrow said that plans for BMO to align the CAMSC program with
the Women and Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE) work that it conducts within
the Strategic Sourcing portfolio of its U.S.-based subsidiary, Harris, will
help BMO leverage the experience of its U.S. team in working with CAMSC.

    About CAMSC

    The Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council - CAMSC - is an
independent private-sector-led, non-profit membership organization. The vision
of CAMSC is to be the leading business organization in Canada dedicated to the
economic empowerment of socially and economically disadvantaged communities
through business development and employment. CAMSC's mission is to deliver
programs to promote and facilitate procurement opportunities between major
corporations in Canada and suppliers of all sizes owned and operated by
Canadian Aboriginals and visible minorities. To learn more about CAMSC visit
www.camsc.ca.





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