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Ms. Caroline Dabu

Wrong Caroline Dabu?

Vice President and Head

Bank of Montreal
100 King Street West 1 First Canadian Place, 19Th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5X 1A1

Company Description: Bank of Montreal (BMO), is a diversified North American financial services provider. The Company has four segments. Personal and Commercial Banking Canada offers a...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Bachelor of Journalism Honours Degree
    Carleton University
  • MBA
    The Richard Ivey School of Business
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"If you had asked me that ..., 7 Mar 2014 [cached]
"If you had asked me that question two years ago, before my son was born, my answer would have been very different," said Caroline Dabu, vice-president and head of enterprise wealth planning with BMO Financial Group, who returned to work five months after her son's birth. She talked about the difficulties of taking maternity leave when you're in a senior management role. "No one told me, 'You must come back before a year,'" she noted. "But you do put that pressure on yourself."
Having to balance the demands of parenthood with a high-stakes career, Dabu now believes there is no such thing as work/life balance; there are always going to be trade-offs. "'Having it all' is such an individual notion," she added. "We really have to push the boundaries in terms of what 'having it all' means."
A little help, please So what can employers do to better support women at work?
Dabu believes we need to be upfront with women and men about the impact of taking parental leave on their earnings and career trajectory. "As senior leaders, we have to be honest with young women in terms of those trade-offs," she explained, adding that "your career may not be a linear path."
She also sees the lines blurring between personal time and work time-which can be a good thing, because it allows employees to manage their own time according to their priorities.
Technology is an enabler of this flexibility, noted Charyl Galpin, co-head, executive vice-president and managing director with BMO Nesbitt Burns, who calls it "both a blessing and a curse". While the use of mobile technology may mean that employees have to be available outside of regular work hours, "the beauty of it is, it provides you with flexibility," she said.
"It's reassuring to see that many ..., 10 Jan 2014 [cached]
"It's reassuring to see that many Canadians are being proactive by contributing to their RRSPs well ahead of the deadline," says Caroline Dabu, vice-president and head, BMO Wealth Planning Group.
BMO Financial Group today ..., 26 Feb 2011 [cached]
BMO Financial Group today revealed that a significant number of Canadians (four in ten) who hold Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) have withdrawn funds before reaching retirement. 'These survey results are worrying; they indicate that many Canadians are not treating RRSPs for their intended use,' said Caroline Dabu, Vice President, Retirement & Financial" />
"These survey results are worrying; they indicate that many Canadians are not treating RRSPs for their intended use," said Caroline Dabu, Vice President, Retirement & Financial Planning Strategy, BMO Financial Group. "Generally, withdrawing money from your RRSP prior to retirement is something to be avoided if possible. Your RRSP should be a critical component of your overall retirement plan and should only be accessed at retirement."
Early withdrawals from RRSPs can result in a heavy tax bill, the loss of contribution room and the loss of the potential growth of the investment.
Ms. Dabu does point out that there are some situations when withdrawing money from an RRSP makes sense-such as the purchase of a first home.
"With the right planning and savings tools, there are a variety of alternatives that individuals can explore without having to touch their RRSPs," said Ms. Dabu.
Caroline Dabu suggests the following: - Ontario Mortgages, 15 Nov 2004 [cached]
However, the telling statement about the 'new retirement' is that pre-retirees expect to keep working into their so-called retirement years," said Caroline Dabu, Vice President, Marketing and Client Strategy, BMO Financial Group.
What our research shows is that there also needs to be an emphasis on planning for the income needed during the transition from a career and during active retirement," said Dabu.
Corporate Advisory Board | UFSC-Toronto, 31 Aug 2012 [cached]
Caroline Dabu
Caroline Dabu
Caroline Dabu is Head of Retirement and Financial Planning Strategy at BMO Financial Group. In this role she drives an enterprise-wide strategy to provide retirement solutions and financial planning to all of the bank's customers.
In 2005, Caroline led the most comprehensive study at that time on Canadian retirement trends, establishing BMO as the recognized expert on retirement issues. Today, BMO has advanced that leadership position with the establishment of the BMO Retirement Institute and the successful Take Charge of Your Retirement program and approach to retirement planning.
Caroline has been in the investment industry since 1993 and joined BMO Financial Group in 2000. She has served on the board of as Vice-Chair, Chair and Past Chair of Women in Capital Markets, an organization dedicated to attracting, retaining and advancing women in the financial services industry. Currently, Caroline is on the Advisory Board of the Toronto Urban Financial Services Coalition.
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