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
Let's hear from the girls. 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 Nidusha below.
Get to know Nidusha
Program/area of study: I'm currently in my third year at the University of Toronto Scarborough pursuing a bachelors of Business Administration with a specialization in Strategic Management.
Passions/interest outside of school: One of my biggest passions outside of school is using my words through spoken word and rap to inspire the next generation of youth to make change. I participate in various local poetry slams and Spoken word competitions. One of my long-term dreams is to work in the financial industry as a financial analyst or strategist.
Took over for: Joanna Rotenberg, Group Head, BMO Wealth Management, BMO Financial Group, September 20, 2018.
What you were most looking forward to in your role? I was most looking forward to learning what Joanna does on a day-to-day basis and being able to bring my insights to the table.
What surprised you the most about the day? I was most surprised at how various departments work in collaboration and how each department played a role into another department within BMO. I was also amazed to see how many women were working at BMO, holding various positions/titles.
Advice you have for other girls from this experience: Get rid of doubt and use your doubts and fear as a motivation to continue working towards your dreams and shattering the glass ceiling/barriers.