Paula Labao (Secretary) is currently the Director of the AML Canadian Financial Intelligence unit at BMO Financial Group and has oversight over Transaction Monitoring, High Risk customers, WatchList Management, Capital Markets Transaction Monitoring and EDD, Major Investigations and the Demarket team. She is a Banking professional with 25+ years of experience within the Securities and Banking Industry in various roles with 12+ years dedicated to AML at RBC and BMO and is ACAMS certified.
She is a member of the BMO Alliance for Women, Toronto chapter, BMO Financial Group – A community of employees who champion the inclusion, connection, development, advancement, and support of women for the betterment of BMO’s business, communities, and culture.
She was also the winner of the Community Services Award along with her BMO colleagues for their work in “Project Protect” in partnership with the Toronto Police Services to combat Human Trafficking and is currently involved in the F.A.S.T (Finance against Slavery and Trafficking) initiative. Human trafficking survivors having endured exploitation will find that their traffickers have destroyed their financial identity and the F.A.S.T. Initiative works with financial institutions and survivor support organizations to address these problems and promote financial access to basic banking and re-integration into the financial world.