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Vancouver Event: “Getting Board Ready" on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - Breakfast Event

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (PST)

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You’re invited to Women Get On Board's Event in Vancouver on Wednesday, March 4, 2020:


 “Getting Board Ready"


Understand the skills and steps required to become board ready and hear about different board experiences from an engaging panel discussion.


Proudly hosted by our National Strategic Partner, Bank of Montreal (BMO)


Getting yourself board-ready is a journey where you need to be realistic in your skills, experience and value you bring to a board. You also need to be mindful that it is a very competitive market-place. There is an over-supply of qualified corporate directors for a limited supply of available corporate board seats.

So, how do you start your journey to get board-ready so you can compete for a corporate board seat? The first step is to ask yourself these 10 questions to determine your readiness for leading and serving on a corporate board.


10 Board-Ready Questions
1. Do you have a minimum of 10 to 15 years of experience in a senior executive role in the public, private, crown or not‐for‐profit sectors?
2. Are you prepared to commit at least 200 to 300 hours per year to a corporate board role?
3. Do you have the support of your own Board of Directors and/or senior executives to serve on a board?
4. Do you have a formal governance certification or designation (C. Dir or ICD.D) from the Directors College or the Institute of Corporate Directors?
5. Have you ever served on a board, not‐for‐profit or for profit?
6. Are you a team player that understands the dynamics of boards is one of the most critical components of good governance?
7. Do you fully understand the role, responsibility and liability of a corporate director?
8. Do you understand the difference between a board of directors role versus a manage-ment role?
9. Do you have financial acumen—can you read and understand financial statements?
10. Do you have experience in critical areas in our changing world such as Risk Manage-ment, International Markets, M&A, Cyber Security, Digital Media, Big Data, etc.?





Jennifer Muench

Regional President, BC | BMO Private Wealth


JMJennifer Muench has been with BMO Financial Group for 20 years, leading employees in senior management positions over the last 12 years.   She started on the Finance team in Toronto, and moved to the West Coast 15 years ago to manage the retail banking arm in Vancouver. She is currently the head of Private Wealth in BC, leading the newly unified Private Banking and Nesbitt Burns businesses with a focus on providing integrated trust, banking and investment solutions for High Net Worth families.


Jennifer has an Honours BSc in Physics from the University of Waterloo and a MBA from McMaster University.  She is on the Board of Directors for BMO Mortgage Corp. and the Vancouver Opera.


Jennifer is married to Greg and they have two children, Ben and Ryan.  With 3 boys in the house, two of which are 13 and 11, she spends many hours at the hockey rink and the baseball field.  She volunteers on many fundraising efforts and is on the council for International Care Vancouver, working to give choices to women and girls around the world.  Jennifer is an avid runner, and ensures the BMO Vancouver marathon is on her schedule each year.




Vivian Lee

Managing Director & Team Lead | BMO Corporate Finance


Vivian Lee is a Managing Director & Team Lead for Diversified Industries with BMO Corporate Finance Division with over 22 years of banking experience in senior roles, most recently with RBC, National Client Group as Vice President.

Vivian started her banking career in Singapore and moved to Vancouver in 2001, where she joined HSBC and moved into progressively more senior roles as a Relationship Manager and Risk Management.

In 2008, she moved back to Singapore to join Citibank where she led a Corporate Banking team until 2012, when she returned to Canada.

She is active in the Vancouver downtown market place as part of the RMA Vancouver Chapter Board member; the RMA Women’s Committee and the Association for Woman in Finance Board member and held the PEAK chair position in 2018-2019.


Anar Shamji Popatia, BBE, ICD.D
Corporate Director

ASPAnar is an ICD certified corporate director with leadership and experience in corporate governance, international business and management consulting. Her professional and business experiences are in financial services including wealth, credit, risk and supply chain management and wholesale & manufacturing. With an ethos for serving in the public interest and life-long learning, Anar has had extensive board leadership roles in not-for-profit & public sectors having served on over ten boards. She is currently the Chair of the Honorary Governors’ Council at the Vancouver Foundation, 2nd Vice-Chair of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Director & Chair of the Governance & Nomination Committee at Consumer Protection BC and sits on CIRA’s Nomination Committee. Anar was awarded the 2013 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award for her leadership in community engagement and received multiple D&B Presidential Citation Awards for sales and customer service excellence for management of her portfolio of corporate clients.



Wednesday, March 4, 2020

8:00 am - 8:30 am - Registration and Networking
8:30 am - 9:45 am - Presentation/Q&A
9:45 am - 10:00 am - Networking

Walker Room, Terminal City Club
837 W Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6C 1B6


Please purchase your ticket by Monday, March 2nd, 2020
Please note that tickets are transferable but no refunds or exchanges for this event are available.


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Women Get On Board is a leading member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. We do this through an engaged community of women and men in Canada committed to advancing gender diversity in the boardroom.

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Walker Room, Terminal City Club
837 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6C 1B6

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (PST)

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