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Opening Keynote Speaker

Darrel Hackett

U.S. Chief Executive Officer

BMO Financial Group

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Darrel is responsible for the overall performance of BMO Financial Corp., BMO Harris Bank N.A., and their subsidiaries. He is also responsible for ensuring effective governance across all BMO U.S. operations.

Darrel is a member of BMO Financial Group’s Executive Committee, and he chairs BMO’s U.S. Management Committee. He also serves on the board of directors of BMO Financial Corp., and BMO Harris Bank N.A., the board that governs BMO Financial Group’s principal banking subsidiary in the United States.

Darrel has held a variety of leadership roles since joining BMO in 2004. In his most recent role, Darrel served as President, BMO Wealth Management – U.S. from 2014 to 2023. He was accountable for BMO’s private wealth management businesses in the United States and led a team of 1,000 high-performing professionals and over $130 billion in client assets. Darrel also served as Senior Vice President & Head of North American Integrated Channels, where he led the development and execution of BMO’s multichannel distribution strategy in Canada and the United States. Other key roles include Senior Vice President & Head, US Business Banking; Regional

President ‐ Chicago Metro; and Head, Acquisition, and Integration Group.

Before joining BMO, Darrel was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He also held a variety of roles at the General Electric Company, where he began his professional career.

Darrel serves on the Board of Directors for the Art Institute of Chicago, Rush University Medical Center, Executives Club of Chicago, Kids First Chicago, United Way of Metro Chicago, and Glatfelter Corporation. He is a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Trustees’ Committee of the Chicago Community Trust, the Executive Leadership Council, and the Economic Club of Chicago.

Darrel has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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