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2013 Leaders in Diversity & Inclusion Recognized

2013 Leaders in Diversity & Inclusion Recognized 
Annual competition sponsored by BMO Financial Group recognizes
Canada's Best Diversity Employers 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/19/13 -- The 2013 winners of
the Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition were announced
today, recognizing the nation's most progressive organizations in
creating diverse and inclusive workplaces. This year's list of
winners, expanded to 55 organizations, was announced this morning. 
"BMO is the founding sponsor of this important competition, now
entering its seventh year," says Lynn Roger, Senior Vice President
and Chief Talent Officer at BMO Financial Group. "Our company is
built on diversity, and we continue to succeed by making sure our
employees truly reflect the communities we serve."  
The Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition recognizes
employers who have developed exemplary initiatives in a range of
areas, including programs for women, visible minorities, persons with
disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) peoples. Applicants were selected by the editorial
team at the Canada's Top 100 Employers project, which manages the
"It is gratifying to see employers across the country expanding their
diversity and inclusiveness initiatives," says Richard Yerema,
Managing Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project at
Mediacorp Canada Inc. "Our country is a leader in this field and a
wide range of employers now recognize that creating an inclusive
workplace is a prerequisite to success in today's marketplace." 
BMO's own diversity and inclusion programs are also expanding,
including such innovative programs as pre-employment training for
people with disabilities, as well as scholarship and internship
opportunities for Aboriginal students. "BMO has a long history of
promoting diversity and inclusion across all areas of its business,"
added Ms. Roger. 
"As diversity and inclusiveness efforts expand, leading organizations
are looking beyond the designated groups and towards the individual,"
says Trevor Wilson, President of TWI Inc., the consulting firm that
pioneered a diversity measurement methodology called The Equity
Continuum - an industry-recognized diversity measurement methodology
- and a founding 
partner of the competition. "Effective diversity
initiatives maximize the human capital each of us brings to our
organizations, drawing on our own unique backgrounds, abilities and
life experiences." 
About BMO Financial Group 
Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a
highly diversified North American financial services organization.
With total assets of $525 billion as at October 31, 2012, and more
than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of
retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and
solutions. BMO Financial Group funds the costs of managing the
Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition and, as founding
sponsor, has taken itself out of consideration for the award.  
BMO and TWI did not take part in the selection of winners, which is
done by the editorial team at Mediacorp. Their full reasons for
selection, explaining why each of the 2013 winners were chosen, were
published today online at 
Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2013): 

Accenture Plc                                                               
Agrium Inc.                                                                 
Amex Canada Inc.                                                            
BC Hydro                                                                    
Boeing Canada Operations Limited                                            
Bombardier Inc.                                                             
British Columbia Institute of Technology                                    
Business Development Bank of Canada                                         
Cameco Corporation                                                          
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce                                          
Cargill Limited                                                             
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health                                      
Corus Entertainment Inc.                                                    
Dalhousie University                                                        
ENMAX Corporation                                                           
Ernst & Young LLP                                                           
Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP                                                  
Health Canada-Sante Canada                                                  
Hewlett-Packard Canada Co.                                                  
Home Depot Canada, The                                                      
Information Services Corporation / ISC                                      
Jazz Aviation LP                                                            
KPMG LLP                                                                    
Loblaw Companies Limited                                                    
Manitoba Hydro                                                              
Manitoba, Government of                                                     
McCarthy Tetrault LLP                                                       
Mount Sinai Hospital                                                        
National Bank Financial Group                                               
New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families Inc.                
Newalta Corporation                                                         
Northwest Territories, Government of the                                    
Ontario Public Service                                                      
Ottawa, City of                                                             
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP                                                  
Procter & Gamble Inc.                                                       
Rogers Communications Inc.                                                  
Saskatchewan Government Insurance                                           
Saskatoon, City of                                                          
Shaw Communications Inc.                                                    
Shell Canada Limited                                                        
Stikeman Elliott LLP                                                        
TD Bank Group                                                               
TELUS Corporation                                                           
TransCanada Corporation                                                     
University of Toronto                                                       
University of Victoria                                                      
Vancouver Island Health Authority                                           
Vancouver, City of                                                          
William Osler Health System                                                 
Workers' Compensation Board of Manitoba                                     
Xerox Canada Inc.                                                           
YMCA of Greater Toronto                                    

For Media Inquiries:
Mediacorp Canada Inc.
Karen Le
(416) 964-6069 x1460 
BMO Financial Group
Ralph Marranca
Director, Corporate Media Relations and Issues Management
(416) 867-3996 
TWI Inc.
Trevor Wilson
(416) 368-1968 x400
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