TORONTO -- BMO Financial Group is expanding the role of Brian Tobin and making the former premier of Newfoundland and Labrador vice-chairman at the bank.

Tobin has served as vice-chairman at BMO Capital Markets since April 2013.

In the new job, Tobin will report to Darryl White, chief executive of BMO Financial Group.

He will provide senior relationship management for corporate, government and institutional clients.

Tobin was premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1996 to 2000.

Before taking the provincial helm, he also served as a federal cabinet minister in several portfolios.