Imdad Ali, BMO Financial Group

Imdad Ali has led the legal group in a number of transformational initiatives to support stronger risk management and efficiencies through innovation. He led the restructuring of BMO’s external-counsel program that rationalized BMO’s panel of external law firms to approximately 120 from 1,000; implemented new technology for matter management and e-billing; implemented new policies and procedures across BMO that delivered immediate cost and risk-management benefits; and has become a model for non-legal transformation projects. He has since begun a new role as Legal Counsel and Senior Advisor on the technology and operations legal team, developing an enterprise-engagement model to manage the more than 100 matters the team receives monthly. Imdad supports the United Way, Community Living and the S.E.N.A.C.A. Seniors Day Program in Oakville, Ont. He has also acted as a coach with the Oakville Soccer Club.
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