BMO Bank of Montreal Appoints New Vice-President to Run its Edmonton District Operations



    A seasoned banking professional, Lynda Taylor brings a strong customer
    and community focus to her new leadership role

    EDMONTON, Nov. 29 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal has appointed Lynda Taylor
as Vice-President for the Edmonton District, the first woman to hold this
executive position in the city for BMO.
    Ms. Taylor will be responsible for the performance of 500 professionals
who serve customers through BMO's network of 29 branches in the Edmonton area
including seven In-Store branches in Safeway locations that offer customers
the convenience of seven days a week banking.
    Ms. Taylor holds an MBA from Boston University and has 17 years
experience with BMO Bank of Montreal. She began her career as a small business
account manager trainee in Toronto in 1990 and prior to her recent executive
appointment; she was Personal Banking Area Manager for Downtown Calgary, a
leadership role in retail banking where she was responsible for 85 employees
in 7 branches. She has extensive banking experience in commercial banking,
having worked as a mid-market senior account manager and a Commercial Banking
Area Manager.
    "Throughout her career with BMO, Lynda has demonstrated a commitment to
customer service and sales while leading her teams to superior performance,"
said Ted McCarron, Senior Vice-President, Prairies Division, BMO Bank of
Montreal. Lynda joins a BMO executive leadership team in Edmonton that will
focus on ensuring that our employees offer customers a superior banking
experience and personalized financial solutions during each branch visit or
conversation," added Mr. McCarron.
    "I am very pleased to take on this leadership role in Edmonton - a
vibrant and fast growing major city that still is very community focused,"
said Lynda Taylor. "My colleagues and I look forward to helping all our
customers achieve their financial goals while contributing to the province's
strong economic growth", added Ms. Taylor.
    Lynda Taylor most recently represented BMO Bank of Montreal at the
Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton where BMO was title sponsor of Family Day on
November 10th. Her community involvement has included board positions with the
Making Changes Employment Association of Alberta and The Duke of Edinburgh's
Award. She is also active, along with BMO employees across Canada, with Kids
Help Phone, the only toll-free national and bilingual anonymous phone and web
counselling, referral and information service for children and youth. Earlier
in November, BMO Financial Group committed $2 million to the Kids Help Phone
Futures Campaign. Lynda is married with two pre-school children.

    BMO is an active corporate citizen, with more than $1.5 million in total
community investment in Alberta donations and sponsorships annually.
    BMO Bank of Montreal is also focused on building lasting relationships
with customers with new products and special offerings, such as its recent AIR
MILES initiative whereby collectors can receive miles on all their debit card
purchases regardless of where they shop and without restrictions.





For further information:

For further information: Media please contact: Laurie Grant, Tel: (604)
665-7596, Email: laurie.grant@bmo.com, Internet: www.bmo.com

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