Welcome!

News Feed Item

BMO General Counsel Honoured

Simon Fish Named Among Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 08/05/14 -- BMO's top lawyer, Simon Fish, was named to Canadian Lawyer Magazine's list of Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada. Finalists were determined in an industry-wide vote by members of the Canadian legal profession who assessed candidates on several criteria, including their contribution to the strength and quality of legal services as well as their social and political influence and involvement.

Mr. Fish, who is EVP and General Counsel at BMO, was recognized in the Corporate Commercial category. Judges noted that Mr. Fish "is reshaping the external counsel relationship model, encouraging greater diversity and being a leader in sustainability."

"Our ability to deliver on BMO's core commitments - transparency, accountability, fairness and good governance - is determined by the personal values of our employees," said Bill Downe, Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group. "This award is testament to Simon's exceptional leadership and to our firm belief that corporate responsibility and personal responsibility are inextricably linked."

Mr. Fish is a passionate promoter of diversity and inclusion. He serves as BMO Financial Group's Executive Diversity Champion and is Co-Chair of the Bank's enterprise-wide Diversity Renewal Council. He is also Chair of BMO's Legal Diversity Council, which was the first employee-led Diversity Council of a corporate area at BMO.

In 2013, under his guidance, BMO became one of the first Canadian financial institutions to ask its external law firms to report the diversity statistics of their workforce as a criterion for being considered to deliver legal services to the bank. Mr. Fish is encouraging other corporations to make similar disclosure requests of their legal service providers and to work together using a consistent approach.

"I am privileged to have a very unique opportunity in my role as General Counsel, to work with very talented and committed individuals - within BMO and within the legal community at large - to advance the profession's commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and to drive change in the areas of sustainability and diversity within our profession and the bank itself," said Mr. Fish.

"As one of the largest financial institutions in North America, BMO has the ability to make a positive difference in the lives of our customers, our employees and other stakeholders. For everything we aspire to be for them, we place, most highly, our responsibility for helping improve the quality of life for people in the communities where we live and work. This has been a foundational principle that motivates and guides all of us at BMO," he said.

For more about the awards: http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/5220/The-Top-25-Most-Influential.html

BACKGROUND


--  Simon Fish, 2013 Canadian General Counsel of the Year Award -
    recognizing leadership excellence in the profession and role in the
    bank's business performance.

--  Mr. Fish is also Chair of the bank's Sustainability Council, a
    management-level body that provides insight and guidance on
    sustainability issues impacting the bank. The team spearheaded the
    creation of the Environmental, Social and Governance Report (ESG) and
    Public Accountability Statement detailing how BMO manages the
    environmental, social and governance impacts of its business. The ESG
    scorecard is innovative and transparent in the disclosure of the bank's
    key sustainability metrics.

--  BMO and the Legal Group were recognized with the 2013 Social
    Responsibility Award for the significant work within the bank itself and
    within the broader legal community, to drive change in the areas of
    sustainability and diversity.

--  BMO's Legal Group is a leader in the representation of women at senior
    levels and a pioneer in setting specific, measurable goals for the
    hiring and retention of minorities in senior roles throughout the
    enterprise - 56% of women in Legal Group are in senior roles; 42% of
    Legal Group senior leaders are women; 20% of visible minorities at Legal
    Group are in senior roles with a goal of 26% by 2016.

--  Last year, Mr. Fish advised BMO's Board of Directors on a new board
    diversity policy, which it adopted. The policy commits BMO to board
    composition in which each gender comprises no less than one-third of the
    independent directors. BMO is also a signatory of the Catalyst Accord.

--  BMO's success in managing sustainability issues has earned it a position
    on key sustainability indices, including:

    --  Global 100 - a list of the most sustainable corporations in the
        world. BMO is highest-ranked North American financial institution on
        the list.

    --  Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index

    --  Jantzi Social Index

    --  FTSE4Good Series Index BMO

    --  Maclean's/Jantzi-Sustainalytics list of the Top 50 Socially
        Responsible Corporations in Canada

    --  Corporate Knights Magazine's Best 50 Corporate Citizens

--  Simon serves on the board of the Canadian Centre for Ethics and
    Corporate Policy. Recently, the Centre honoured Simon by establishing an
    Ethics Case Award in his name.

--  Simon is an advisory board member for Lawyers International Food
    Enterprise (LIFE). LIFE is an organization of lawyers with the mission
    to raise awareness among members of the legal profession with respect to
    child poverty around the world.

--  Mr. Fish is a founding member of the Legal Leaders for Diversity, a
    group of 70 Canadian General Counsel who have declared their support and
    commitment for creating a more inclusive legal profession as well as
    supporting diversity initiatives within each member's organization.

--  He has also been an active member of the Association of Canadian General
    Counsel for 14 years and has served as a director of the Association
    three times during that period.

--  For ten years Simon has been an active member and vocal supporter of the
    Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) which includes hosting and
    participating in numerous CLO Think-Tanks, contributing to the ACC's
    Corporate Counsel Institute Legal Practices Profile and the ACC Value
    Challenge, and aiding in the establishment of Canadian chapters.


More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership abi...
The essence of cloud computing is that all consumable IT resources are delivered as services. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Yung Chou, Technology Evangelist at Microsoft, demonstrated the concepts and implementations of two important cloud computing deliveries: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). He discussed from business and technical viewpoints what exactly they are, why we care, how they are different and in what ways, and the strategies for IT to transi...
Interoute has announced the integration of its Global Cloud Infrastructure platform with Rancher Labs’ container management platform, Rancher. This approach enables enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation and infrastructure investments. Matthew Finnie, Interoute CTO commented “Enterprises developing and building apps in the cloud and those on a path to Digital Transformation need Digital ICT Infrastructure that allows them to build, test and deploy faster than ever before. The int...
Without a clear strategy for cost control and an architecture designed with cloud services in mind, costs and operational performance can quickly get out of control. To avoid multiple architectural redesigns requires extensive thought and planning. Boundary (now part of BMC) launched a new public-facing multi-tenant high resolution monitoring service on Amazon AWS two years ago, facing challenges and learning best practices in the early days of the new service.
Niagara Networks exhibited at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, in November 2016. Niagara Networks offers the highest port-density systems, and the most complete Next-Generation Network Visibility systems including Network Packet Brokers, Bypass Switches, and Network TAPs.
All organizations that did not originate this moment have a pre-existing culture as well as legacy technology and processes that can be more or less amenable to DevOps implementation. That organizational culture is influenced by the personalities and management styles of Executive Management, the wider culture in which the organization is situated, and the personalities of key team members at all levels of the organization. This culture and entrenched interests usually throw a wrench in the work...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Outlyer, a monitoring service for DevOps and operations teams, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Outlyer is a monitoring service for DevOps and Operations teams running Cloud, SaaS, Microservices and IoT deployments. Designed for today's dynamic environments that need beyond cloud-scale monitoring, we make monitoring effortless so you ...
My team embarked on building a data lake for our sales and marketing data to better understand customer journeys. This required building a hybrid data pipeline to connect our cloud CRM with the new Hadoop Data Lake. One challenge is that IT was not in a position to provide support until we proved value and marketing did not have the experience, so we embarked on the journey ourselves within the product marketing team for our line of business within Progress. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Sum...
Virtualization over the past years has become a key strategy for IT to acquire multi-tenancy, increase utilization, develop elasticity and improve security. And virtual machines (VMs) are quickly becoming a main vehicle for developing and deploying applications. The introduction of containers seems to be bringing another and perhaps overlapped solution for achieving the same above-mentioned benefits. Are a container and a virtual machine fundamentally the same or different? And how? Is one techn...
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor - all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organization...
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm.
What sort of WebRTC based applications can we expect to see over the next year and beyond? One way to predict development trends is to see what sorts of applications startups are building. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Arin Sime, founder of WebRTC.ventures, will discuss the current and likely future trends in WebRTC application development based on real requests for custom applications from real customers, as well as other public sources of information,
China Unicom exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, in November 2016. China United Network Communications Group Co. Ltd ("China Unicom") was officially established in 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom. China Unicom mainly operates a full range of telecommunications services including mobile broadband (GSM, WCDMA, LTE FDD, TD-LTE), fixed-line broadband, ICT, data communica...
With the introduction of IoT and Smart Living in every aspect of our lives, one question has become relevant: What are the security implications? To answer this, first we have to look and explore the security models of the technologies that IoT is founded upon. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nevi Kaja, a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company, will discuss some of the security challenges of the IoT infrastructure and relate how these aspects impact Smart Living. The material will be delivered i...
As software becomes more and more complex, we, as software developers, have been splitting up our code into smaller and smaller components. This is also true for the environment in which we run our code: going from bare metal, to VMs to the modern-day Cloud Native world of containers, schedulers and micro services. While we have figured out how to run containerized applications in the cloud using schedulers, we've yet to come up with a good solution to bridge the gap between getting your contain...