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BMO's Justine Fedak Recognized by the Chicago Business Journal as One of 40 Women of Influence

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(Marketwired - Jan. 20, 2015) - Justine Fedak, Senior Vice President and Head of Brand, Advertising and Sponsorships for BMO Financial Group, North America was honored today by the Chicago Business Journal as one of 40 Women of Influence. The honorees were chosen by Mary Johnson, Editor of Bizwomen, along with a panel of American City Business Journals editors. Nominations for the first-time program were submitted by a variety of sources, including association partners, entrepreneurs, business owners and executives, from firms of all sizes.

"Our goal was to identify women in the Chicago area who not only have successful business careers, but strong track records of paying it forward through community service and mentoring," said Johnson.

"BMO is committed to giving back to the community where we do business. A key leader at BMO, Justine is passionate about supporting our community, is a tremendous advocate for diversity and mentors emerging leaders and many other people in her professional and personal life," said Mark Furlong, President and CEO, BMO Harris Bank. "On behalf of 46,000 North American colleagues, we congratulate Justine and all the honorees."

"I have had the good fortune at BMO to be surrounded by people that are inclusive and supportive of me," said Fedak. "There is a tremendous commitment to give back to everyone we work with - both internally and externally. At BMO, we like to say we are people first and bankers second. Help is in our DNA."

About Chicago Business Journal Women of Influence

Chicago Business Journal Women of Influence is part of an important national effort by American City Business Journals - the largest company in the country devoted to the reporting of local business news - to identify and celebrate women business leaders and to foster business environments that will create even more successful women in the future. It also includes the recent creation of Bizwomen, a national news site covering women in business.

For more information on the Chicago Business Journal's Women of Influence winners please visit

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services organization based in North America. The bank offers a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers. BMO Financial Group had total assets of $589 billion and more than 46,000 employees at October 31, 2014.

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