Career Story

Todd Siau

Senior Manager,
U.S. Corporate Services

I am most excited about the direction the Bank is heading. Seeing the focus on improving technology and workplace modernization really shows that the organization is looking to be a leader in the industry. I am proud of the work that we do and I am glad that I can be a part of where we are going.

What was your job in the military?

I began as a Field Artillery Cannoneer but I spent the later portion of my career in Infantry Weapons Acquisitions and Logistics.

Why did you decide BMO was right for you and why do you love working here?

When I came onboard at BMO, I was told that BMO values a good work/life balance, a commitment to community, as well as opportunities to grow within. During my time at BMO, I would have to say that these are all true. I have been afforded the opportunity to be an individual contributor as well as lead teams. My leaders have provided flexibility needed, in order to be there for my family in times of need. And the spirit of volunteerism and giving back is evident through the multitude of opportunities to support local charitable organizations, schools, veterans organizations and communities. It is important to me that my team and I make a difference; and I feel that we can see the results of our work every day.

How do you take the skills you used in the military and use those today?

I feel that my experience in the military provided me with many tangible skills for my career at BMO. First and foremost is the ability to control stress in a dynamic and change-filled environment. The financial world is ever evolving and change is the only constant; not only in the markets, but also in the operations of a financial institution. Maintaining perspective, and being able to adapt to change has been a key driving forward. Managing risk is a daily evolution in the military and while it has a different application in the financial realm, being risk aware has very similar characteristics. Also, working with diverse individuals, teams, and countries is definitely a familiar task between the two. Equally important is the ability to move from one functional area to another, with the confidence to know that my background in the military will allow me to learn new things quickly even if they are not in my “comfort zone”. In my current role I oversee many operational/logistical functions and  I had similar experience with in different billets in the Marines.

In your experience, what has made you successful at BMO?

I like to attribute my success at BMO to my leaders, peers, and subordinates. My leaders have always allowed me to speak candidly, provide recommendations, observations and make the decisions that are in my “lanes”. Even if they don’t agree or go a different route, I always feel that they respected me enough to listen to a different viewpoint. My peers and I are very mutually supporting and have a team first mentality. Most importantly, I lean on my team for their subject matter expertise and their willingness to do what it takes to complete any task before us.

What has helped you in your career development and what lessons have you learned along the way as you explored new opportunities at BMO?

One of the first principles of leadership is to know yourself and seek self-improvement. At BMO, there are many ways to improve upon your own personal “brand”. Not only have I benefited from formal leadership development training at the bank, I have also utilized the online training modules and the content provided through BMO U. My leaders have always provided me with substantive feedback, as well as exposed me to different operations within BMO. Being a member of the Veterans Employee Resource Group has also provided me a valuable network and support mechanism with people with similar experiences.

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