BMO’s Ula Ubani Recognized as One of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100

Oula Oubani, Vice-President, Ombudsman and Chief Ethics and Conduct Officer, was recognized for her advocacy for a diverse workforce, ethics and inspiration for the leaders of tomorrow. Ms Ubani will be celebrated with 105 winners in various categories at the virtual top 100 gala on Monday, November 25, 2021.

In addition to celebrating this achievement, BMO is once again sponsoring the WXN Entrepreneur Award – BMO Entrepreneurs, recognizing 14 female business owners who are growing their businesses while facing difficult circumstances during the pandemic. The sponsorship is part of BMO’s ongoing work to help small businesses make real financial progress, especially those run by women.

Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada’s top female executives, their organizations and networks. The awards recognize talented leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and inspire current and future generations of women to push the boundaries of what is possible. Winners are selected by the WXN Diversity Council Canada.

As Vice President, Ombudsman and Chief Ethics and Conduct Officer of BMO Financial Group, Ms. Ubani occupies a unique role in the Canadian banking industry, as the only appointed Chief Ethics Officer in the industry. Leading a team tasked with defining the bank’s ethical expectations globally, she has made her impact felt throughout the organization, embedding integrity into the culture and practice of the bank.

“Ula is a leader who embodies BMO’s goal of boldly growing good in business and in life,” said Mona malone, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Human Resources and Culture Officer, BMO Financial Group. “Ula played a key role in establishing the bank as a global leader in sustainability, ethics and conduct. While the impact of Ula’s work can be seen in general terms, it is the very foundation of our culture: doing what is right for our employees, customers and society as a whole. “

Ms. Ubani is a frequent speaker and is regularly invited to participate in industry roundtables and advisory boards. She is President of the Canadian Center for Ethics and Corporate Policy, a registered charity focused on promoting the application of ethical values ​​in Canadian organizations. She is also vice-president of the Toronto Swim Club, a non-profit competition club for young people.

As part of BMO’s ongoing support for women-led businesses, the bank offers dedicated initiatives and resources to support women entrepreneurs, including:

  • BMO honors womenexpanded grant program for women-owned businesses through North America.
  • A $ 750 million Women in Business Bond solution with proceeds earmarked for women-owned businesses as defined under BMO’s Sustainable Finance Framework, including micro, small and medium enterprises.
  • – a dedicated BMO website offering tools and educational resources for women entrepreneurs, including the1 Bold (h) er podcast series.
  • $ 1.2 million in funding at SheEO – a non-profit company that provides financial support to businesses run by women and non-binary people. BMO’s financial commitment will allow SheEO to fund all of the companies that are candidates for the 2021 adventure that are working to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

WXN’s Top 100 Awards program includes a two-day virtual leadership summit and gala on 24 november and 25. Please visit the WXN website for more information.

More information on BMO for Women is available here and BMO’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion here.

1BMO for Women’s Bold (h) er Podcast Received Hermes Creative Awards Platinum and AVA Gold

About WXN
Women’s Executive Network (WXN), a membership organization, is North America # 1 and the only organization that significantly propels and celebrates the advancement of women at all levels, in all sectors and at all ages. WXN delivers this advancement through training, events, mentoring, networking, and rewards and recognition programs for members and partners. WXN operates in Canada and the USA

About BMO Financial Group
Serving clients for 200+ years, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank in terms of assets, North America. With total assets of $ 971 billion from July 31, 2021, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to over 12 million clients and operates through the through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

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