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 Sharon below.
Get to know Sharon
Program/area of study: I am currently in my final year of high school and I am interested in the fields of international development and life sciences. I hope to pursue a career as an international lawyer for women’s and children’s rights.
Passions/interest outside of school: I have a deep passion for volunteering in my community whether it is gardening in community gardens or helping out at a soup kitchen. I also enjoy reading different types of literature and spending time with my friends.
Took over for: Nadim Hirji, SVP & Co-Head Corporate Finance Division, BMO Financial Group, September 28, 2018
What you were most looking forward to in your role? I was looking forward to talking to Nadim and learning what it takes to be a great leader. I wanted to learn which skills are valuable when pursuing a career in finance.
What surprised you the most about the day? I was surprised with how open and responsive the BMO team was to my questions and ideas.
Advice you have for other girls from this experience: Ask questions and absorb as much knowledge as you can because these types of experiences don’t come often. Don’t be afraid of paving your own way to success and share your voice!