BMO Named One of Canada's Best Employers for New Canadians

    -   Reinforces BMO's position as one of Canada's top employers
    -   Awarded for steps taken to reduce employment barriers for recent

    TORONTO, April 2 /CNW/ - BMO Financial Group has today been named as one
of Canada's best employers for new Canadians by Mediacorp Inc., the publishers
of Canada's Top 100 employers. The award is a reflection of BMO's commitment
to diversity, equity and inclusion, which creates a workplace that respects
and celebrates diverse backgrounds.
    Combined with being named as one of Greater Toronto's top 75 employers
for the third year in a row this past October, this award firmly reinforces
BMO's position as one of Canada's top employers.
    "To us, it's a business imperative - our diverse workforce mirrors the
communities in which we do business and helps us understand our customers'
needs," said Rose Patten, SEVP, Head of Human Resources and Senior Leadership
Advisor, BMO Financial Group. "We work hard to ensure an easier transition for
new Canadians, and this recognition is a wonderful validation of our efforts
in creating an inclusive workplace for all of our employees."

    Mediacorp presented the award to BMO for its efforts in:

    -   Taking steps to reduce employment barriers for recent immigrants;
    -   Assisting new employees who have foreign credentials in getting these
        qualifications formally recognized in Canada;
    -   Providing internal coaching or mentoring; and
    -   Providing training in cross-cultural issues or inclusiveness to both
        managers and employees to help create a welcoming and productive
        environment for employees who are recent immigrants.

    "At BMO, we understand that embracing diversity of experience and culture
leads to broader ideas and insights and more informed decision-making," noted
Patten. "Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is built into our
corporate values and embedded within our recruitment and orientation programs
and our managerial leadership training."

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