Bindu Cudjoe is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel - T&O Legal and Chief Knowledge Officer of the legal, compliance and security groups at BMO Financial Group (BMO). She is be accountable for managing legal and regulatory risk relating to technology, procurement, outsourcing, intellectual property and enterprise brand, marketing and social media. Additionally, she is responsible for knowledge management, including board and senior management reporting, project management, records and information management, centralized litigation support (e-discovery and legal holds), internal knowledge-sharing systems, and internal professional development programs.
Bindu was most recently Deputy General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer, accountable for the groups’ operations including human resources, real estate, financial performance, strategic initiatives and the outside counsel management programs. Bindu started at BMO as Senior Counsel in the Canadian Personal & Commercial legal team and then lead the BMO Capital Markets Corporate Banking legal team. Prior to joining BMO in 2012, she was a partner in McMillan LLP's Financial Services group and is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall law school at York University.
Bindu is active in her local community as a director and secretary of the Oakville Community Foundation and is involved in the school council of Emily Carr Public School (where her 3 kids attend) where she was chair from 2012-2016. She is also active in the legal community as a director of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto and an executive member of Women General Counsel Canada.
Bindu is a frequent speaker, panellist and writer on topics of innovation, diversity & inclusion and women in the legal profession. Bindu was recognized in 2016 as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine and was a 2014 recipient of the Lexpert Magazine Rising Star award and the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto’s 2014 Legal Excellence Award.