Adam Manning (BBA ‘10) is a technology and innovation specialist at Bank of Montreal (BMO), managing a portfolio of technology-based businesses ranging from startups to companies valued at close to a billion dollars. Adam has been recognized by BMO for corporate responsibility, featured in its national television commercial on the tech sector, and was awarded BMO’s “Best of the Best” as well as “Top Commercial Sales of the Year” for southwestern Ontario. Alma Matters recently sat down with Adam to catch up.
Q: What have you been doing since graduation?
A: I started at BMO in 2007 after completing my first year of university. For two years, I worked as a customer service representative before becoming a financial services manager, developing my skills in retail lending and investments. In 2011, I transitioned to the commercial banking team and from that point, I worked my way into a more complex portfolio and developed an interest in the technology sector. Soon after, I was awarded one of two dedicated technology and innovation portfolios in the country.
I’ve also kept busy volunteering for a variety of activities, anywhere from coaching hockey to running events to raising money for various charities. I started a quarterly technology networking group, The Founders Invitational, to bring together founders from different tech companies in the area to share success stories and help grow the ecosystem. I’m an organizer of a not-for-profit called PlugIn, which strives to help the community by organizing fun, charitable events that unite professionals in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Q: What was the most memorable part of your BBA experience?
A: The people I met and the relationships I built stand out for me as the most memorable part of my BBA experience. Whether we were attending study groups, participating in things like ICE Week or joining MLSB, you felt like you were part of a small community. It was almost like being part of a family; many of my best friends today are people who I met during my BBA.
Q: How has your BBA helped you in your career?
A: The BBA program has helped prepare me for a career in banking in many different ways. For instance, group work is a big part of the BBA program and better positioned me to be a team player in the workplace. Being able to appreciate diverse view points and leverage various people’s strengths in order to accomplish a common goal is a crucial skill that I took with me. In addition, Laurier is a very well respected university and the BBA program is known throughout the business community for being a producer of top talent. It doesn’t hurt walking into a business meeting and knowing that there is a high likelihood of finding a Laurier alumni at the table, making for an easy icebreaker.
Q: What's next on the horizon?
A: I’m really proud of the momentum I’m making in the technology sector and helping tech companies get to the next level. Working to grow BMO’s presence in tech is something I want to continue to support as I strive to be a leader within the organization.
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