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Simon A. Fish

Chair, BMO Climate Institute


As Special Advisor to the CEO, Simon is responsible for advising on the development and application of the bank’s sustainability strategy, approaches to climate change and related financial risk, environmental and social risk management, and impact measurement and reporting.

BMO’s former General Counsel, Simon is a seasoned executive with 30 years of international experience at leading global companies BMO, Vale and Royal Dutch Shell. Earlier in his career, Simon practiced law at Dechert, an international law firm. He has a track record of providing valuable counsel and managing complex legal and regulatory environments, reputational risk and multi-jurisdictional compliance issues in financial services, mining and energy. Among his specialties are corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities, transaction structuring and ESGE S G.

Simon is a director of SSRS S R Mining Inc. (TSXT S X: SSRMS S R M), where he chairs the Nominating & Governance Committee and serves on the Compensation & Leadership Development Committee. He also serves on the board of Alexa Translations, a leading translation service provider to the Canadian legal, securities, financial and government sectors. Simon is a director of the Environmental Law & Policy Centre and Queen’s University’s Institute for Sustainable Finance. He is a former director of the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy.

Simon has earned a number of distinctions, including Canada’s General Counsel of the Year, was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers, and is included among the Legal 500’s GCG C PowerList. He has been recognized as a Catalyst Canada Honours Champion for his work in advancing the role of women in the workplace.

(March 2021)