Born in Paris of Chinese parents, Estelle attended Lycée Français de Pékin (private French school in Beijing), where she quickly became trilingual, before moving back to Paris.
In 2009, she moved to Montreal for her university studies.
Graduated from HEC Montréal with a major in Finance, Estelle spent 4 years on the corporate side accumulating experience on both a public level and a private level before joining the banking industry in technology sector – with a focus on technology and life sciences.
Estelle joined BMO Bank of Montreal in summer 2018 as Regional Market Leader, Technology & Innovation, to help local teams grow in Technology, build the brand and convey the strategy and vision of the Senior Management.
Rational on one hand, and artistic on the other, Estelle Chen – Regional Market Leader, Technology & Innovation Business Banking and pianist concertist, makes the alliance of the two.
This gives her open-mindedness and creativity in her leadership.
Born of a mother composer, pianist and violinist, Estelle flourished in a musical bubble. Her grandfather, a renowned conductor in China, has also appeared on stage several times with her.
Estelle performed Chopin's Concerto for Piano No. 1 at the age of 12 and Rachmaninov's Concerto for Piano no.2 shortly thereafter.
Growing up, Estelle put aside music to focus on analysis and financial modelling. Nevertheless, the piano is never far away – the young woman performs regularly at jazz bars.
Curious and very active in the community, Estelle sits on the Board of Directors of Junto Montreal since 2015 and is an active member of the Young Chamber of Commerce of Montreal, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Young Philanthropists’ Circle, and the St. Lawrence Choir Advisory Board.
In her time off, Estelle enjoys Latin dance, yoga, martial arts, billiards, wildlife and the great outdoors.