BMO Bank of Montreal Opens $1.5 Million Bank Branch in London, Ontario



    New branch powered by clean energy

    LONDON, ON, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal today opened an
expansive $1.5 million personal and commercial banking branch in London,
Ontario at corner of 1255 Highbury Avenue North and Huron Street. The new
5,000 square-foot branch is easily accessible by car or London Transit, and is
less than a minute away from the bank's old Highbury Avenue location.
    BMO also announced that the new branch is one of the first BMO branches
that will receive its electricity from Bullfrog Power, which provides homes
and businesses in Ontario and Alberta with electricity generated from clean,
renewable sources like wind power and low-impact hydro. BMO has purchased
5,000 Megawatt Hours per year of clean, emission-free electricity from
Bullfrog Power.
    "It is part of BMO's Environmental Policy to encourage a green workplace
through programs that promote energy efficiency, recycling and waste
minimization," said Jim Johnston, Director, Environmental Sustainability, BMO
Financial Group. BMO is the premier financial institution on the
bullfrogpowered Green Index, and this shows our leadership in environmental
sustainability."
    The Highbury Avenue branch has 13 financial services professionals and
has also hired a new BMO Nesbitt Burns Investment Advisor, who can help
customers address their financial needs, including wealth management, estate
planning and insurance.
    "Our friendly, knowledgeable staff are eager to sit down with our
customers and help them understand the wide range of products and services BMO
has to offer," said Joyce Mckenny, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal. "We
can help our customers make the right decisions with their money."

    
    The Highbury Avenue branch features:

    -   A BMO Nesbitt Burns Investment Advisor;

    -   Commercial banking services including cash management;

    -   A highly experienced team of personal banking professionals with
        mortgage, financial planning and investment expertise;

    -   Offices where clients can have meaningful financial discussions in
        private;

    -   Ample parking facilities for BMO customers;

    -   Full wheelchair accessibility; and
    -   Three Instabank Extra automated banking machines (ABMs), including a
        drive-through ABM.

    -   Hours of operation: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and
        Wednesdays; 9:30 am to 6:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays; and 9:30 am
        to 3:00 pm on Saturdays.
    

    To celebrate the new branch, BMO will hold its grand opening on Saturday,
November 17, 2007.

    BMO Bank of Montreal operates 14 branches in the London area and employs
185 people. BMO will celebrate its 190th anniversary on November 3, 2007.





For further information:

For further information: Shivani Ahluwalia, Toronto,
shivani.ahluwalia@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996, Internet: www.bmo.com

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