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BMO Financial Group Named a GTA Top Employer for 2014

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 27, 2013) - For the eighth consecutive year, BMO Financial Group has been named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc., the publishers of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This designation recognizes employers in the GTA that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.

"BMO's strength comes from skilled and creative employees who are passionate about delivering great customer experiences and have a stake in the company's success," said Richard Rudderham, Executive Vice-President and Head of Human Resources. "We work hard to be an employer of choice by offering a workplace that supports and welcomes talented individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and giving them opportunities to grow in ways that are important to them - it's good business and it makes sense."

In bestowing the honour, judges recognized BMO for its long history of advancing diversity in the workplace, for its focus on employee learning and development, and for its commitment to on-the-job student training programs.

BMO has championed workplace diversity and inclusion for more than 20 years. A dedicated diversity council, comprised of senior executives, leads an enterprise-wide strategy for developing and implementing related programs and policies. The company also encourages and supports employee-led Resource Groups that build a sense of belonging and community across the organization.

As a strong supporter of ongoing employee education, BMO provides subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation and manages a corporate university called the Institute for Learning, which offers over 300 courses to thousands of employees every year.

BMO is also a major recruiter of young Canadians and offers valuable on-the-job experience through co-op programs, summer student roles and paid internships.

A full outline of the judges' comments can be found here:

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified North American financial services organization. With total assets of $549 billion as at July 31, 2013, and more than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions.

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