Montreal designer Vickie Joseph steps up to help youth build a future in her old neighbourhood
The neighbourhood of Saint-Michel, in Montreal’s north end, is a vibrant potpourri of language and ethnicity beset with the all-too-common narrative of poverty, gang violence and urban revitalization.
A Conversation with Charyl Galpin (Podcast)
In this special episode of the BMOforWomen podcast series, Kathleen sits down with the Head of BMO Nesbitt Burns, Charyl Galpin, who was recently honoured for her business achievements and leadership as the recipient of the Carole Tanenbaum Women in Action Business Award. The two discuss how Charyl balanced motherhood with a career that climbed from bank teller to head of BMO Nesbitt Burns. Plus of course we tap into her wisdom as a woman in business, and hear her discuss what ‘Charyl Galpin Inc.’ means to her, how has it helped in her personal and professional life, the importance of personal branding, and what giving back and paying it forward mean to her.
Building A Community To Inspire and Empower (Podcast)
Mary Burke, Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate in 2014, went on to found Building Brave – a non-profit online community that helps women connect with their most confident selves. Through her own experiences, Mary herself has overcome self-doubt, fear of failure, and letting what others think of her hold her back. Mary believes that by creating that global community – now numbering around 10 million – women can inspire and empower each other.
Giving Comes in Many Forms
There are a wide variety of giving options for donors, from cash to publicly traded appreciated securities and other types of capital items. According to BMO’s survey, Canadians Want to Give, but What’s Holding Them Back?, the most popular way to give is by cash (for 87% of donors), and more than half (54%) volunteer their time. It’s worth noting that over one-third (35%) make donations in kind (such as appreciated securities), which may have tax implications for the donor.
From Classrooms to Cranberries – Evelyn Ernst Discusses Her Career Transition and Trajectory (Podcast)
When a plot of land came up for sale across the street from their home in 1998, BMO Celebrating Women honouree Evelyn Ernst and her husband, David, left their careers behind to start Terra Beata Farms. From its beginnings as a 12-acre cranberry bog to processing fruit from approximately 12 other farms in addition to the original plot, Terra Beata is now a global brand, with its preserves, juices, and berries on store shelves in Canada and China.
Talking to Canada’s First Woman Helicopter Pilot Instructor (Podcast)
Cathy Press, the first female helicopter flight instructor in Canada, and owner of chinookhelicopters.com sits down with Kathleen to discuss her path to entrepreneurship, her motivation, and how she approaches decision-making.
Giving Back with Glori Meldrum (Podcast)
Glori Meldrum is a recent BMO Celebrating Women honouree for focusing her philanthropic and charitable giving efforts on preventing and helping victims of childhood sexual abuse. As a survivor herself, Glori founded Little Warriors, a national organization that educates on child sexual abuse, and created the Be Brave Ranch, Canada’s first long-term treatment centre for child victims. In this episode, Glori discusses balancing full time work, parenthood, and her work with her organizations, as well as what people may wish to consider before becoming involved in philanthropy.
Lifelong Learning and Giving with Dr. Brenda Milner (Podcast)
Dr. Brenda Milner, a 98-year-old full-time lecturer at McGill University, researcher at the Montreal Neurological Institute, and founder of the Brenda Milner Foundation joins Kathleen to talk about what led her to being a pioneering woman in her field, what drove her to start her foundation, and what the BMO Celebrating Women honour means to her.
Supporting the LGBTQ Community With Marg Foy and Karen Tsang (Podcast)
In this episode, Kathleen discusses how to understand and better serve members of the LGBTQ community with Marg Foy, Service Delivery Manager, BMO Financial Group, and Karen Tsang, Enterprise Business Continuity Manager at BMO Financial Group. Both are also members of BMO Pride – an employee resource group at BMO.