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“BMO 30 Years Ago - 1991 - Celebrating BMO Cyber Pensioners 30th Anniversary” by Joan Mesic, Senior Correspondent (3rd and last instalment)

November 19, 2021

We have a few news items for you to read with our third and last instalment about what was happening in BMO the period our website was born. The articles we have referenced have been generously provided to us by BMO Corporate Archives. We have selected just a few that we thought our wide range of BMO retiree members might enjoy.

To begin with there were quite a few branch openings in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and British Columbia in 1991; fourteen to be exact according to the bank’s archives. No doubt some of our members have worked in them and/or participated in the planning and openings of these branches in some way. The following is the list of those branches:

14 Branches Opened in 1991

  • Quebec, St.-Eustache Branch
  • London, Ontario - Masonville Branch
  • Newmarket, Ontario - Yonge & Mulock
  • Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - Burnside Branch
  • Ottawa, Ontario - Barrhaven Town Centre
  • Toronto, Ontario - Infoservice Centre
  • Etobicoke, Ontario - Six Points Plaza
  • North York, Ontario - University Branch
  • Concord - Vaughan Metropolitan Centre
  • Laval, Quebec -  Les Tours Triomphe Branch
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario -16th & Spadina
  • Toronto, Ontario - BMO Nesbitt Burns CMA Service Centre
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia - Parkgate Village Shopping Centre
  • Burnaby, British Columbia - Burnaby Private Financial Services Centre

Instalment 2, published November 5, focused on the advancement of women in the bank. BMO broadened this strategy and helped women outside of the bank to become successful business owners which would also encourage them to make BMO the bank of their choice.  The estimation at that time if trends continued as they had been was that by the year 2000, one half the businesses in Canada would be owned by women.  A significant market for the bank to grow its businesses. The bank launched two initiatives to support women business owners: the Women Entrepreneur Program in Nova Scotia and an arrangement with Association des femmes d’affaires du Quebec, (the top women’s business group in Quebec). For more details on these two projects, read the article, “Projects Recognize that Women Mean Business” pages 5 and 6, First Bank News (FBN).

Many of you will remember InfoLINE was introduced during this time. The branch catalogue, rate sheets and daily notice board were put online which reduced paper consumption (read the article, “The Common Sense of InfoLINE page 4, FBN).  Plus the bank’s ads changed featuring Bank of Montreal employees (read the article, “We’re Paying Attention” pages 16 and 17, FBN)  In June 2021, we received a great story about this change in marketing strategy, “My Acting Debut in Bank of Montreal’s First Television Commercial” by June Hillion, June 19 2021. June’s story has been included in the below reading material in case you missed it.

With the advancements in technology, some of our Business Systems employees began working as telecommuters (read the article, “The Officeless Office” page 4, FBN).  Common prophecies which were frequently talked about during that time were: modern technology would change the way work was done, the types of jobs and shorten the work-week. Working at home is not new and has been around since medieval (1) times when trades and crafts and other forms of livelihood were shops in people’s homes. Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the COVID-19 virus has made it necessary for workers where possible to work from home.  The business world has set up their employees with the technology to work remotely when the jobs could be done from home and invested more money in technology to make this happen.  The pandemic has had a major impact on workers and business owners about how, when and where work gets done and many of these changes will stay even when the pandemic in over. All of this you know already so enough said.

Change will never stop, that is a given. Pundits have had much to say predicting the future and the impacts, both positive and negative on the world, our planet and our lives. Although the proverb is relatively new (1970’s) it has never seemed more fitting than nowadays, ‘what goes around, comes around’.

We hope you have enjoyed some of these glimpses into the past. We are doing a shout out to our members for their stories about this time in the bank or elsewhere.

The five articles referenced in order of mention are as follows:

Click to read: “Projects Recognize that Women Mean Business” pages 5 and 6, FBN"

Click to read ….. "The Common Sense of InfoLINE page 4, FBN"

Click to read…… "We’re Paying Attention” pages 16 and 17, FBN"

Click to read……“My Acting Debut in Bank of Montreal’s First Television Commercial” by June Hillion, June 19, 2021 - (in our archives)

Click to read…..  "The Officeless Office” page 4, FBN"

Footnote (1) from Wikipedia

“In the history of Europe, the Middle Ages or medieval period lasted approximately from the 5th to the late 15th centuries, similarly to the Post-classical period of global history. It began with the fall of the Western Roman Empire and transitioned into the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery.”

Material and images are the property of BMO Financial Group's Corporate Archives. No part of the material or photographs may be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted, without the prior written consent of the Corporate Archives. If you have any comments regarding this article, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you."


 

Major Membership Milestone Reached!!

November 18, 2021

 

We have just added Rajeev Arora of Toronto, Ontario to our membership, bringing us to milestone number 3,500.

Congratulations Rajeev!

 


 

Bankers Lunch at The Elmhurst November 16, 2021

November 18, 2021

Here are the pictures of 27 of our members who gathered for lunch 638 days after the last time we sat together.  The Elmhurst put together a very fine meal for us of soup, salads, prime rib, roasted potatoes, a pasta casserole and a medley of desserts.  They had cancelled the Senior lunch buffet just after Covid-19 hit and when asked, they brought it back as a special matter for us.  It was absolutely outstanding.  What a class act they are.

The names that go with the pictures are as follows, all from left to right in the photo as well in that order below:

Bob Ranick, Matt Hurst, John Schnarr, John Wylie, Ben Parkinson, Roy Martin,
Ron Gates, John Huisman, Mike Hoshooley, Bob Chambers, Grant Male, Ron Lamoure
Keith Lindsay, Joe Sharp, Bob Wade, Bob Zettler
Ross Douglas, Fred Cook, Chris Coburn, Wayne King
Ken MacPherson, Ron Stewart, Chuck Joynt, Bruce Furtney
Don Kinsman. Jim Martin, John St.Cyr

Click here to see all the pictures.

Chuck Joynt


 

“BMO 30 Years Ago - 1991 - Celebrating BMO Cyber Pensioners 30th Anniversary” by Joan Mesic, Senior Correspondent (2nd instalment)

November 5, 2021

As previously mentioned in our first article which focused on the building of the IFL we continue with another event that happened in BMO in 1991, thirty years ago, when our website was created. This is the second major initiative from the 1991 Annual Report, the President’s “Task Force on the Advancement of Women in the Bank”.

A common phrase, ‘breaking the glass ceiling’ was coined to describe the barriers women faced in life which dates back two centuries ago.  The following is an excerpt from the internet, Wikipedia:

“In 1839, French feminist and author George Sand used a similar phrase, une voûte de cristal impénétrable, in a passage of Gabriel, a never-performed play: "I was a woman; for suddenly my wings collapsed, ether closed in around my head like an impenetrable crystal vault, and I fell...." [emphasis added]. The statement, a description of the heroine's dream of soaring with wings, has been interpreted as a feminine Icarus tale of a woman who attempts to ascend above her accepted role.

One person using the term Glass ceiling was Marilyn Loden during a 1978 speech. According to the April 3, 2015, Wall Street Journal the term glass ceiling was coined in the spring of 1978 by Marianne Schriber and Katherine Lawrence at Hewlett-Packard. Lawrence outlined the concept at the National Press Club at the national meeting of the Women's Institute for the Freedom of the Press in Washington DC. The ceiling was defined as discriminatory promotion patterns where the written promotional policy is non-discriminatory, but in practice denies promotion to qualified females.”

The artifact provided by BMO Corporate Archives is an article from the bank’s magazine, “First Bank News” (FBN) which was published in the Nov/Dec 1991 issue. The article, “Through the Glass Ceiling”, is about the Bank of Montreal’s task force which was created to document the problems and to make recommendations on solutions to the barriers that were hindering women from advancing in the bank.

The task forced was commissioned by F.A. Comper, who was President of Bank of Montreal at that time. As he mentioned in the FBN article during 1991, the bank’s workforce were 75% women with a mere 6% of executives women employees. We are also including a link to the actual report, “The Task Force on the Advancement of Women in the Bank - November 1991”.

Although times have changed and progress has been made, there continues to be challenges for women in all fields of work in all industries.  The bank, as I heard from a reliable source, is continuing to actualize its women employees’ potential and is also focusing on diversity and inclusivity. We hope you enjoy the article and if you have any stories about supporting women in the workforce, in BMO or otherwise, excel and progress, we would enjoy hearing from you.

To read the FBN article, Nov/Dec 1991 issue, click ”Through the Glass Ceiling” 

Click the following link to read the report, “The Task Force on the Advancement of Women in the Bank - November 1991”   TF1991_Original_Women_ENG_oct28.PDF (bmo.com)

In case you missed it, Click  “BMO 30 Years Ago - 1991 - Celebrating BMO Cyber Pensioners 30th Anniversary” dated October 17, 2021 to read the first instalment which focused on the Institute for Learning.

P.S. We will have a few more articles and bits of information to share with you in upcoming publications so stay tuned.

“Material and images are the property of BMO Financial Group's Corporate Archives. No part of the material or photographs may be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted, without the prior written consent of the Corporate Archives.”

If you have any comments regarding this article, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you." 


 

Notice to Members - November 1, 2021

Retirement, Obituaries and Personal Use Deals

The following items have been removed from the BMO Retiree Portal. They have been updated and you can now find the information as follows.

1. Retirements and Obituaries.

These have been updated to May 2021 from when they were last published by the bank in April 2020.

To access these notices go to the "My Benefits & Retirement" website (https:/myhr.bmogc.com) and enter your personal User ID and Password. Go to "Other Resources" on the right-hand side of the page and click "Notices". This will take you directly to published retirements and obituaries.

Please note, we are not aware of how often these notices will be updated so you may wish to check back on the "My Benefits & Retirement " website from time to time.

Don't forget to log off this website.

2. Personal Use Deals - now called Exclusive Offers.

To access these you will need to log on to find the User ID and password by going to the right-hand side of the "My Benefits & Retirement" website - and clicking  LifeWorks and then Other Benefits. As before, please don't forget to log off this website.

(If you have kept your Benefacts Fall 2020 notice, the User ID and password for LifeWorks is on the back page under "Important contacts".)

Then go to the LifeWorks website (www.lifeworks.com) and log on by entering the User ID and password, then click Exclusive Offers. Then log off this website.

For your future reference, we will copy this information to the BMO Links drop- down menu of the Cyber Pensioner website.

Letter to the Editor “Follow up with the Fossil Shark Hunter”

October 29, 2021

John Stockton sent in a story June 24, 2021, “Fossils, Shark Teeth and Beaches” about his hobby searching for fossils which we have filed in our Archives. We recently read an article in one of the newspapers and forwarded it to John.  The following are his comments regarding the article, “Florida Man Finds Tooth of Megalodon, Biggest Shark to Ever Live, While Diving”.

 

“I have a friend that dives forty miles off the coast of North Carolina in about 140 feet of water.  There’s a place called ‘Meg Ridge’. There are many of these elusive teeth there too.  He mailed a few to me. (See photo of teeth with penny for scale.) It’s mind blowing to think I’m the second person to touch a Meg tooth since it fell out of the Meg’s mouth millions of years ago!  For every inch a Meg tooth is, the Meg was ten long!  The the Meg tooth on the left of the aforementioned photo is 5.5 inches.  Just imagine a prehistoric shark fifty five feet long!

My wife, Liz and I, will be in Tampa this December. We plan to visit Venice Beach, which is about an hour drive from Tampa. Venice Beach is the home to a prehistoric river that emptied into the gulf. The warm waters of the gulf and the large prehistoric river were home to many Megalodons and other extinct sharks.  As sharks (and Megalodons) may produce over 20,000 teeth in their lifetime, there are innumerable numbers of teeth to be found.  Megalodons had five rows of teeth with a total of 276 teeth at one time. However, due to its size, a Megalodon has a bite force of approximately 30,000 pounds compared to today’s Great White with a bite force of 4,000 pounds. Today, Great White sharks have five rows of teeth with up to 3,000 teeth at one time.  It is believed that Great Whites are descendants of Megalodons.  Both share a unique and terrifying trait that most other sharks do not have.  These two sharks have serrated teeth that saw while puncturing it prey.  (See photo which shows serrations of a prehistoric Great White shark’s teeth).”

John Stockton, Naperville, Illinois 

Photo of Megalodon teeth with penny for scale, Click Here

Photo of prehistoric Great White shark’s serrated teeth, Click Here

Story, “Fossils, Shark Teeth and Beaches” June 24, 2021 Click Here

If you have any comments regarding this letter, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.


 

Southern Alberta BOMPA President’s Christmas Message/Christmas Luncheon 2021

October 19, 2021

We have decided to proceed with our Christmas luncheon for 2021.

We have made a lot of changes because of Covid-19.

We are going to have our luncheon at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino on Dec 02 2021 which is an open to the public luncheon. We plan to reserve tables so we will be sitting as a group but be in a room with other groups. Everyone who attends will have to be fully vaccinated so please confirm that you are vaccinated when you buy your tickets because you will be asked to provide proof of vaccine at the door and have your id checked before you are allowed to enter. We will not be refunding any money to anyone who is turned away because you cannot or will not provide proof of vaccination at the door. We will not be having door prizes this year or any speeches. (so there is a bonus) These changes are for this year only and we will be looking at what happens for future years once we are safely past the end of Covid-19. (this year hopefully)

We just felt that a lot of our members are looking to visit with their fellow retirees and catch up and this would be a good way to do it at a reasonable price. $12.00 for lunch includes dessert, coffee and water. Alcoholic drinks are available to purchase from the servers. Parking is free.

Our AGM board meeting will be April 27th  2022 at a location to be determined so please save the date.

The membership cost for being a BOMPA member has been suspended for this year and we will be discussing eliminating the membership fee going forward at the AGM.

 If you are attending our sponsored events you can share pictures by sending in the pictures to cyberpensioner@gmail.com  BMO Cyber Pensioners website  to share on your behalf so we can all share the memories of our events. 

We are no longer able to print the newsletter or distribute it by paper mail. I would like to encourage you to email one of the board members to change over to email delivery. If you know of a retiree who does not have email please help them out by printing a copy for them. 

Please have a great year and feel free to email or phone me anytime with ideas or suggestions.

To purchase tickets for the Christmas Luncheon, please visit the Event Announcements section for the order form.

Fred Lamoureux


 

“BMO 30 Years Ago - 1991 - Celebrating BMO Cyber Pensioners 30th Anniversary” by Joan Mesic, Senior Correspondent

October 17, 2021

First of all, we would like to thank our members for their wonderful comments we received on our Facebook and email regarding our 30th milestone.  It is very rewarding to know that our work is appreciated and provides a vehicle for our members to stay in touch with one another as well as providing enjoyment through news items and  interesting stories from our members, Regional Representatives and others.

To help celebrate our anniversary, we contacted BMO Corporate Archives to find out what was happening in BMO in 1991, thirty years ago, the period that our website was ‘born’.

According to BMO’s 1991 Annual Report, two major initiatives were highlighted which we would like to share with you. The first was the bank’s strategy to elevate the knowledge and skills of its workforce to make it the best in the financial field.  In order to underpin this vision and move forward, the bank invested $40 million dollars in a state of the art training centre.  An educational/learning facility which was to be built very much like a university campus. The project would take three years to complete and opened for business in 1993. This magnificent structure with state of the art design and unique symbolism, (the glass bow), as well as the technology of that time, was named the, “Institute for Learning” (IFL). The investment would contribute to the continued knowledge of the bank’s employees in many areas of banking, technology, customer relations, management, strategic thinking, etc. 

The second major initiative was the President’s “Task Force on the Advancement of Women in the Bank” which will be featured in our next publication.  In addition to these two prominent initiatives mentioned in the 1991 Annual Report, there were other important happenings in the bank in 1991 which we will also share with you.  More to come.

The artifact provided by BMO Corporate Archives is an article from the bank’s magazine, “First Bank News” which was published in the Nov/Dec 1991 issue. The article, “Stepping Stone to Excellence”, is about the Bank of Montreal’s Institute for Learning.

This article and others to follow will take you down memory lane.  Stories from our members are priceless as they bring back to life these past bank initiatives in a very personal and real way for our members to enjoy.  With this in mind, we are requesting our members to send us stories about this time in the bank.  Stories that involved their experiences with the IFL, e.g., their input to focus groups in the design/development of the IFL, attendance at outstanding courses, team get-togethers and activities, special celebrations, important meetings, usage of its full-service facilities especially while on course, etc.  Of course, we always welcome appropriate humour in our members’ stories.  We leave this request to your vivid memories.  Please send your submissions to cyberpensioner@gmail.com

To read more about, “Stepping Stone to Excellence”, Click Here

“Material and images are the property of BMO Financial Group's Corporate Archives. No part of the material or photographs may be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted, without the prior written consent of the Corporate Archives. If you have any comments regarding this story, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you." 


 

Bank of Montreal Pensioners Ass'n. Vancouver Island (BOMPA-VI) Pandemic Picnic September 16th, 2021

October 12, 2021

Approx. 25 BMO pensioners finally had a chance to get together in person and met on September 16th for a picnic lunch and get together in Centennial Park, in Central Saanich, Victoria. 

It was a beautiful day and the sun Gods were shining down on us as everyone mixed and mingled, catching up with each other’s stories as to how everyone fared through the pandemic.

Our picnic lunches were superb from Toque Catering and after lunch we had a chance to play a very different game……… and that’s all I will say about that!   

Thanks to Deb Gemmell for doing the arrangements and to all who turned out for what was a most enjoyable afternoon!

Click Here to see all the pictures.

Thanks to Joan Firkins for the photos and information.


 

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