Operation Transition: BMO Bank of Montreal’s Panel Discussion and Networking Event for Job Seekers from the Defence Community

BMO is hosting a unique networking event for military veterans or spouses who are  transitioning their career  to the financial services industry. There will be a diverse panel of veterans, reservists, and military spouses in attendance sharing their personal career experiences.

Matthew Lombardi, BMO’s Head of External Talent solutions, noted, “At BMO, diversity is one of our core values, and building a diverse and inclusive workplace that is reflective of the communities we serve is a top priority. We are proud to be the official bank of the  defence community, and this commitment extends to support for vveteran employees and their families. BMO is committed to hiring the best talent from all backgrounds. We value our strong partnership with the Military Employment Spousal Network as a source of high calibre candidates whose unique backgrounds and experiences enrich our workplace.”

Some of the panelists include MGen. (Ret.) David Fraser, a decorated military officer who has served in the Canadian Army for a period of 31 years at every rank from Lieutenant to Major-General on operations commanding Canadian and multinational troops. He led Operation Medusa, the largest battle in NATO’s history. Fraser has since worked as an executive in the private sector, is currently President of Aegis Corporation and provides counsel to BMO on the Canadian Defence Community Banking Program.

Another panelist is Larry Zelvin, Head, Financial Crimes at BMO, a retired officer and aviatorwho served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years. After retiring from the Navy, Zelvin has held a number of senior roles in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the White House, the Pentagon and at Cit. Hecurrently leads BMO’s cyber, fraud, physical security, and crisis management teams.

Members of BMO’s Veteran’s Advisory Council will also be present, as well as recruiters and hiring managers across lines of businesses. Job seekers will have an opportunity to get a professional headshot at a LinkedIn photo booth.

“Our objective at BMO is simple, to provide a forum for networking, training and the advancement of this unique group of employees. As well, help foster and reach out to other military members and families looking to transition or build on career opportunities. As the official Bank of the Canadian Defence Community, we strive to be the employer of choice,” Lombardi added.

Operation Transition is taking place on the 3rd floor at Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto in the Ontario and Quebec meeting rooms.


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Ambar Syed

Born and raised in London, England, Ambar moved to Canada in 2017 after marrying her husband in the CAF. She has always loved writing and started her blog, Her Little Loves, in 2015 while studying for her B.A. (Hons) in English. Ambar is excited to write for CMFMAG and contribute towards the military family community.

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