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Rose M. Patten, O.C.

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Rose M. Patten, O.C.

Chancellor, University of Toronto
Adjunct Professor, Rotman School of Management
Special Advisor, BMO Financial Group


Financial Services:

Rose Patten is Special Advisor to the CEO and Senior Executives at BMO Financial Group. In this role she partners with and advises Group Heads on select strategies with a particular emphasis on strategy execution, leadership development and succession for top leaders.

Rose’s career has spanned the four financial sectors - banking, trust, insurance and investment banking - with responsibilities for Canada, U.S. Europe and Asia.  Previous key roles at BMO include Head of Strategy (Senior Executive President), Global Head of Human Resources (Senior Executive President), Senior Vice President of Corporate Services and the first woman member and long-time Member of the Bank’s Executive Committee. Earlier roles include Executive Vice President of BMO Nesbitt Burns, Senior Vice President of Manulife and General Manager of Lloyds Bank Canada.

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University of Toronto:

Rose Patten was named the Chancellor of the University of Toronto in May of 2018. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Rotman School of Management, teaching Senior Leadership, Talent and Succession, and Governance.  She is member of Massey College, Honorary Patron of Kings College Circle Heritage Society and a member of the Boundless Campaign Cabinet. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree for Corporate Leadership and a University Program has been named in her honour - The Rose Patten Leadership Program.



  • Chair of the Board of Directors of Hospital for Sick Children (2014-2017)
  • Chair of Governance and H.R. Committee, BMO ChinaCo (Asia) (2009-2017)
  • Chair of Governing Council, University of Toronto (2004-2007)
  • Chair of Task Force on Governance (2007-2010)
  • Director of Board and H.R. Committee of Metrolinx
  • Director of Videotron, National Ballet of Canada, and Heart and Stoke Foundation


Honours and Awards:

  • Appointed Officer of the Order of Canada (2017)
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws for Corporate Leadership - University of Toronto (2009)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal (2012)
  • Woman of Distinction - YWCA for Corporate Leadership (2008)
  • Lifetime Achievement (first time granted) by Canadian H.R. Industry (2014)
  • University of Toronto Arbor Award for Outstanding Service and the Tony Graham Award for Outstanding Achievement
  • Consistently recognized as one of Canada’s most powerful women and one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by U.S Banker Magazine