Julie Barker-Merz

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BMO Financial Group

Julie is Regional President, BMO Bank of Montreal, for Greater Toronto, where she leads a team of personal banking professionals across 9 markets and 168 branches. She is a Board Member of Waterloo’s Accelerator Centre (Canada’s #1 business incubator), Board member of The Museum in Kitchener; Advisor and Board member to sheEO’s Radical Generosity movement; and is the former Director and Treasurer of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. She is a long-standing and strong supporter of women in business, sport and the community and a 2015 recipient of The International Alliance of Women’s (TIAW) top 100 World of Difference awards, as well as one of Canada’s Top 50 to watch in Wealth Management in 2016 during her time as President of BMO InvestorLine. And in 2018, she was awarded Ontario’s Leading Women, Building Communities award of excellence.

Throughout her 24 year career with BMO Financial Group,  Julie has earned the reputation of being a leader who executes with pace, courage, and excellence, inspiring multi-disciplinary teams to come together towards a common vision. Julie received her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa, her Fellow from the Institute of Canadian Bankers and her MBA from Dalhousie University. She is fluently bilingual (English/French), a mother of 2 teenage girls and a proud resident of the Waterloo region.