Tony Comper was appointed CEO of the BMO Financial Group in February 1999, and also served as Chairman from July 1999 to May 2004, when the bank moved to a nonexecutive Chairman model.
He serves as a Director of Spectra Energy Corporation, Houston; PPP Canada; Member of the International Advisory Committee of the Li Ka-Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital; Honorary Chair of the Board of Governors of the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care and The Advisory Board of the Conference Board of Canada/ Spencer Stuart National Governance Award.
Tony received the Human Relations Award from the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews and the Award of Merit from B’nai Brith Canada He holds honorary degrees from the University of Toronto (LL.D.), Mount Saint Vincent University (D.Hum.L.), the University of New Brunswick (D.Litt.); and Haifa University.
Tony, and his late wife, Elizabeth, also received the Scopus Award from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He and Elizabeth, also founded FAST, a new initiative to combat antisemitism in Canada. In November 2009, Concordia University conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) on Tony and Elizabeth. In January 2011, they received the Order of Canada.