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Additional Gala Banquet


To be held Friday, May 5th 2017. Reception begins at 6:00 pm followed by a 3-course dinner.

Sponsored & Hosted by BMO Bank of Montreal

Join the Gala and experience a speaker that will thrill you with untold stories of women who are changing the world.

Inspiring Growth: Women Entrepreneurs Manufacturing Hope Across The Globe

Women are the world’s greatest untapped natural resource, with the power and potential to grow the global economy. Touching on the Dressmaker of Khair Khana in Afghanistan and Liberian women pushing their country and their companies forward, we see that real differences can be made if we seed their potential. We can go from seeing women as victims of tough economies to architects of growth. Because suffocated opportunity is the enemy of prosperity and stability — and the world has no talent to spare.

BMO is proud to host “Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs” evening to acknowledge the achievements of women entrepreneurs in 3 categories: 1) Global Growth & Innovation; 2) Charitable and Community Giving; and 3) Expansion and Small Business Growth.

6:00 pm – 10:00  pm

(Included in Full Conference Package)


Line-Up of Speakers Include:

  • MC: Pamela MartinBC Liberals’ Director of Engagement and Liaison to B.C. Premier Christy Clark, former TV News anchor and reporter
  • BMO Welcome: Lisa MillburnChief Operating Officer , BMO Insurance  & Executive Search, BMO for Women
  • BMO Celebrating Women: Mike Bonner, Senior Vice President, BC & Yukon, BMO Bank of MontrealJennifer MuenchVice President & Managing Director, BC, BMO Private Banking 
  • Keynote: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield (book rights bought by Reese Witherspoon for upcoming movie production); and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. “There is no greater multiplier in the fight against poverty than an educated female.”
  • Finale Performance: Young Afghanistan Poet, Sajedeh Zaki & Musical performance by Erica Dee
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