Associate Private Banker at BMO
As an Associate Private Banker, Abbie acts as a relationship manager for clients requiring a high level of expertise and service in managing their financial affairs. As the benefits of wealth rarely come without complications and challenges, Abbie along with her team of talented and knowledgeable professionals, challenge successful Canadian families to take action on what is important to drive exceptional outcomes today and through times of transition.
Abbie has lived in Ottawa since 2008. She has a prominent voice in Ottawa’s business community as a champion for diversity and inclusion, and is the Vice President of Operations with the Women’s Business Network. She enjoys the fine arts, reading, travelling, and spending time outdoors with her family and dog.
What is your favorite part of being a member of the WBN? If you are a newer member, what do you hope to give or receive from your membership in the WBN?
My favourite part of being a member of the WBN is the community and friendships I have made with a diverse and broad group of women. When I initially joined the WBN in 2018 as the Chair of the Events committee, I sought opportunities for professional development. I received so much more. I have made deep connections with several women who I consider today to be amongst my closest friends. I have enjoyed getting to know women outside my industry and getting a fresh perspective when I encounter professional challenge or opportunity. I have forged relationships and genuine connections that are mutually interesting and beneficial. These connections are a strong testament to the value in joining a WBN committee!.
What’s the business advice you would give today to your younger self?
Success does not happen overnight. Invest in yourself, and invest early, to benefit from the compounding ‘interest’ of your investment in your professional development. And, secondly, if you give something a try and it doesn’t work out, don’t be afraid to pick yourself up and try again. It’s only a failure if you didn’t learn from your experience. Success is a journey, not a destination. Be gentle with yourself.
Who would be invited to your dream dinner party?
Melinda Gates, Michelle Obama, and Sallie Krawcheck. These women have done incredible work to empower women across the world. Melinda Gates has made significant contributions to increase the diversity of women in a male-dominated industry, which is something I really admire as a young woman also working in a male dominated industry. Michelle Obama because she addresses inequalities by dealing with their systemic roots. Also, she is Michelle Obama. Lastly, I’d invite Sallie Krawcheck. I’d love to connect with her to discuss how she is working to cover the gender investing gap and to empower women to take control and manage their money.