Prior to joining AD, Gina Li was the Managing Director & Head of Personal Banking Services (PBS), Greater China for BMO Financial Group, responsible for the overall operation of PBS including growing the High Net Worth business in Greater China.
Gina has a wealth of experience, having worked in numerous countries including China, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong for the past 26 years. Her skills extend not only to Marketing, Sales and Operations but also to General Management. Prior to her current role, Gina earned substantial recognition in the Canadian financial industry, building knowledge and expertise in Commercial Banking, Wealth Management, Retail Branch Management and Multicultural Banking. She was the first Branch Manager as a first generation immigrant from China, who led the team to move the branch ranking from bottom to #1 within one year; at Scotiabank, she lead the roll out of the welcome banking package for new immigrants, as well as Chinese ATM and websites; she spearheaded the building and signing of the first partnership between China Everbright and Socitabank; in 2010 she played an instrumental role in helping China Union Pay build partnership with Canadian banks, allowing CUP card holders to withdraw cash from Canadian bank ATMs across the country; in 2012 she was expatriated to Asia by BMO to build and grow the private banking business in China. The national team lead by her achieved outstanding results by helping high net worth immigrant families in cross boarder wealth management and affiliated services.
As an immigrant herself, Gina appreciates the many challenges newcomers face when they start their new life in Canada. Therefore, she is passionate about helping immigrants, especially in the area of communication emerging in a new culture. She is the founder of the first two TD Toastmasters Clubs and has volunteered to mentor new immigrants through TRIEC and other community organizations. Gina continues to be recognized by the media and the ethnic communities. She has received the “Outstanding Professional Award” of Fairchild TV’s Mandarin Profile Award in 2009, and earned the “Outstanding Asian Canadian Award” from the Canadian Multicultural Council in 2011. Her success story was featured in the book “Chinese Canadian Leaders-Leveraging Education for Success” published in China and Canada, and is widely respected as a role model among immigrants and international students in Canada.
Gina holds a MBA from University of Toronto, and a BA from Nankai University, Tianjin, China.