BMO Financial Group Wins Prestigious International Six Sigma & Business Improvement Awards

    -   Platinum Award for Most Outstanding Organizational Achievement
    -   Best Achievement of Organizational Business Improvement in Financial
        Services Industry
    -   Individual Award for Business Improvement Deployment Leader of the

    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - BMO Financial Group collected three Global Six
Sigma & Business Improvement Awards at a gala presentation in Orlando, Florida
on October 15, including the Platinum Award for Most Outstanding
Organizational Achievement, the top award from amongst all companies nominated
in all categories.
    The annual awards recognize companies from around the world for
outstanding achievements through the deployment of business improvement
    These wins build upon the awards BMO received last year for Best
Achievement of Integrating Lean and Six Sigma and Best Achievement of Six
Sigma in Financial Services.
    In bestowing the Platinum Award, international judges consider strategic
relevance, value generation, customer benefits, innovation, implementation and
leadership engagement. Judges characterized BMO's deployment as "one of the
best integrated Lean Six Sigma implementations" and noted BMO's "excellent
deployment within the financial category."
    BMO has successfully completed more than 295 projects and has generated
significant productivity, processing and customer service improvements since
introducing the Six Sigma program and Lean methodologies into its operations
in 2005.
    "I am very pleased with the financial benefits and breakthrough
performance achieved by our Lean Six Sigma deployment to date. BMO has
received an exceptional rate of return on its investment and these awards
recognize the level of proficiency, value and results Lean Six Sigma is
bringing to BMO," says Karen Metrakos, Executive Vice-President, Operations,
BMO Financial Group.
    To learn more about The Global Six Sigma and Business Improvement Awards,

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