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Julie Barker-Merz

Julie is the Senior Vice-President, South Western Ontario Division for Bank of Montreal where she leads a team of retail and business banking professionals across 11 markets and 150 branches, from Owen Sound to Niagara Falls and through to London and Windsor.  Prior to her most recent appointment, Julie was President of BMO InvestorLine and the executive sponsor of the “Women & Wealth” strategic initiative.  She is a Director and Treasurer of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League;  Advisor to sheEO’s Radical Generosity movement, Board member of THEMUSEUM, and is the former chair of the Wealth Management Diversity & Inclusion Council.  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.

Throughout her 20+ 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 young girls and a proud new resident of the Waterloo Region.