Ms. Hakomaki will assume leadership of a team of 325 professionals who serve customers through BMO’s network of 27 branches in New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island.

Ms. Hakomaki is a Certified Management Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University and is completing an Executive MBA at Queen’s University. She has 15 years experience in financial services, in increasingly senior roles in commercial and retail banking with BMO.

Her most recent position was Managing Director, Corporate Finance Division, based in Calgary.

"Throughout her career, Allison has demonstrated a commitment to customer service while leading her teams to superior performance," said Carolyn Booth, Senior Vice-President, Atlantic Provinces Division, BMO Bank of Montreal.

"My commercial colleagues and I look forward to helping local entrepreneurs achieve their business objectives while contributing to the economic growth of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island," said Ms. Hakomaki. "BMO Bank of Montreal is currently the number one small business lender in Atlantic Canada, and we urge businesses in both provinces to get their share of the $10 billion in credit BMO has made available to give them access to the capital they need to grow.

"BMO is focused on helping its personal banking customers make sense of financial matters, by providing clarity surrounding financial choices and decisions," noted Ms. Hakomaki.

BMO Bank of Montreal has served residents of New Brunswick since July 1867, and now operates 24 branches in the province as well as 3 in Prince Edward Island.