Throughout September and early October, several members of BMO's leadership team took part in a takeover day – part of Plan International Canada's International Day of the Girl activities – to amplify girls' voices, advocate for their rights, elevate their position in society and reinforce their capability as decision-makers.
Seven of our senior executives – Darryl White, Cam Fowler, Joanna Rotenberg, Patrick Cronin, Christine Cooper, Nadim Hirji and Darrel Hackett stepped down from their positions to allow a girl ambassador from Plan International to take on their role for the day.
From the girls' perspective
What was it like? How did it go? We're turning it over to the seven girls who took over a leadership role for the day and get to know more about them. Hear from Chantal below.
Get to know Chantal
Program/area of study: I'm currently enrolled in Acadia University as a Music Major studying Piano Performance. My long-term ambition is to become a human rights' lawyer.
Passions/interest outside of school: Outside of school, I love to watch cooking videos, learning more about social justice issues – especially pertaining to gender equality and of girls' rights – as well as try new foods!
Took over for: Pat Cronin, Group Head, BMO Capital Markets, September 26, 2018
What you were most looking forward to in your role? I was excited for everything! However, I was looking most forward to learning how a financial institution/ senior leader role of significant power would incorporate inclusivity into the work place. As well, very excited to obtain career advice!
What surprised you the most about the day? How welcoming everyone was! Going into the day as a young female from a small town into a huge, towering financial institution was quite intimidating. However, everyone was so kind and welcoming and really supported Day of the Girl— they listened to my ideas and gave really great career advice!
Advice you have for other girls from this experience: The day is super jam-packed with so much to do, so have lots and lots of fun by participating to the best of your ability- it's not every day you get to be head of capital markets for a bank!