Counsel - First Nations/Metis/Inuit Candidates

We invite all experienced and aspiring First Nations / Metis / Inuit professionals to apply to roles featured on BMO’s Indigenous Careers landing page, as well as all of those on BMO's Careers page. Qualified First Nations / Metis / Inuit applicants applying through these postings will be considered for open job vacancies, where they exist, or added to our Indigenous Talent Network and matched to other upcoming opportunities.

This is part of BMO’s ongoing commitment to Indigenous applicants. Our recruitment team will reach out to those selected for further consideration.

To provide legal advice and services with regard to matters in which BMO Financial Group may be engaged in order to achieve organizational goals and/or minimize legal risk.  Individuals draw upon knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of the law and governing legislation.  Additionally, individuals draw upon knowledge of the Bank and the regulatory environment for the BMO Financial Group.
•Provides legal advice and counsel to BMO Financial Group with little/no supervision, typically in a specialized area.
•Interprets legislation affecting the organization or client groups.  Exercises judgment on moderate to complex legal issues.
•Identifies and independently resolves moderate to complex legal issues.  Elevates contentious issues with recommendations.
•Directs legal actions in which the organization is involved, directly or through outside counsel, including oversight of outside counsel.
•Conducts research into legal issues.
•Coaches junior team members.  Provides input to performance assessment and management of more junior team members.


•Minimum requirement are a degree in law  (LLB) and license to practice law in Canada 
•Typically 5 to 10 years call from the bar
•Proficient level knowledge in legal field
•Strong knowledge of business and regulatory environment in which BMO Financial Group operates, usually in a specific line of business or specialized activity
•Strong skill in proactively providing ideas, advice and solutions relative to legal issues
•Above average judgement
•Above average analytical capability
•Strong verbal and written communication skills
•Above average negotiations skills
•Good relationship management skills/able to relate at all levels
•Ability to work independently or in team environment
•Strong research skills

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At BMO we have a shared purpose; we put the customer at the centre of everything we do – helping people is in our DNA. For 200 years we have thought about the future—the future of our customers, our communities and our people. We help our customers and our communities by working together, innovating and pushing boundaries to bring them our very best every day. Together we’re changing the way people think about a bank.

As a member of the BMO team you are valued, respected and heard, and you have more ways to grow and make an impact. We strive to help you make an impact from day one – for yourself and our customers. We’ll support you with the tools and resources you need to reach new milestones, as you help our customers reach theirs. From in-depth training and coaching, to manager support and network-building opportunities, we’ll help you gain valuable experience, and broaden your skillset.

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BMO is committed to an inclusive, equitable and accessible workplace. By learning from each other’s differences, we gain strength through our people and our perspectives. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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