BMO Nesbitt Burns Exclusive Sponsor for Inaugural Women in Capital Markets Career Coaching Award

    TORONTO, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - Women in Capital Markets (WCM) announced today
that BMO Nesbitt Burns has become the exclusive sponsor for its inaugural
Career Coaching Award Program. This innovative new program will provide career
coaching and development services to qualified senior women working in the
capital markets in Canada.
    "The reality we face in the capital markets industry is that we have
difficulty retaining experienced women. In fact, the number of women in the
executive ranks is declining," said Maureen Stapleton, President, WCM.
"Work/life balance issues as well as the potential lack of promotional
opportunities may play a role. However, one-on-one support from a trained and
experienced professional coach has been proven to help women plan their
careers and equip them to compete for senior roles.
    "That's why we created the WCM Career Coaching Award Program with BMO
Nesbitt Burns and our coaching partner, Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions
to offer experienced women the opportunity to develop executive skills and
enhance their likelihood for promotion," added Stapleton.
    This unique program is directed only to applicants with a minimum of 10
years experience and who have already achieved significant success in their
careers. Candidates must be currently employed in the Canadian capital
markets, which includes the issuing, buying, selling or trading of securities,
currencies and derivatives. The program provides six months of free individual
career coaching to five qualified senior women. Full eligibility requirements
and more information can be found at:
    "It is clear we must make every effort to ensure that competent and
talented women get a fair chance to reach the top rungs of the corporate
ladder. Even in the most progressive organizations, the continual promotion of
women must remain a priority. We know this can't be accomplished
single-handedly - that's why this program is so important," said Charyl
Galpin, Chief Operating Officer, BMO Nesbitt Burns. "This unique award is
especially important to BMO Nesbitt Burns - we are committed to being a leader
in diversity and workplace equity and we firmly stand behind the advancement
of women in the Canadian financial services industry."

    About Women in Capital Markets

    Established in 1995, Women in Capital Markets (WCM) endeavours to advance
the involvement and impact of women in capital markets. This volunteer
organization, comprised of dedicated members, is a powerful force for change
in the industry, in an ever-evolving business environment. Through innovative
programming, WCM offers its members diverse and creative opportunities for
networking, career growth and personal development, mentoring of both students
and professionals, as well as participation in important initiatives such as
the Heather L. Main Memorial Scholarship Fund.

    About BMO Nesbitt Burns

    BMO Nesbitt Burns is BMO Financial Group's full service investment
advisory firm and is part of BMO's Private Client Group. The Private Client
Group provides integrated wealth management services in Canada and the United
States and had total assets under management and administration and term
investments of $275 billion as at October 31, 2007.

    About Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions

    Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions is Canada's leading integrated
human capital management consulting firm. From recruitment and selection, to
building organizational and leadership capacity, to career management and
career transition, Knightsbridge helps clients unleash the power and potential
of their people at every stage in the employment cycle. Knightsbridge has 22
offices across Canada and the US including the major cities of Halifax,
Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Boston and serves clients outside of
the country through strategic alliances with Penna plc in the United Kingdom,
Lee Hecht Harrison in the U.S and Amrop Hever for its global search

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: BMO Financial Group: JoAnne
Hayes, (416) 867-3996; Women in Capital Markets: Maureen Stapleton, (416)
502-3614; Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions: Gail Heney, (416) 928-4621;

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