BMO Bank of Montreal Opens First Full Service Bank Branch in Okotoks



    
    -   Full service personal and commercial branch offers extended hours
    -   Represents an investment of $2 Million
    -   Branch uses emission-free electricity from Bullfrog Power
    -   New customers eligible to receive $100 cash deposit
    

    OKOTOKS, AB, June 2 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal today opened a new 6,650
square foot personal and commercial banking branch at 401 - 200 Southridge
Drive in Okotoks, one of the fastest growing communities in Canada.
    This new location is easily accessible by car on the west side of
Southridge Drive right before the turn-off to Turner Valley. BMO's new Okotoks
branch has a team of 13 personal banking and investment professionals who are
eager to offer financial advice and support to all existing and new BMO
customers in the community. This is the first full service BMO branch in
Okotoks.
    "We are committed to providing every one of our customers with the best
banking experience possible," said Dave Drok, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of
Montreal. "To demonstrate our commitment we are offering a $100 cash deposit
to all new customers who open a new chequing account between June 9th and July
12th and make an automatic pay deposit or bill payment to that account by
October 12th, 2008.
    "Our customers can be sure they will be met by a knowledgeable
professional who will sit down and help them understand our products and
services, so they can confidently make the right decisions with their money,"
added Mr. Drok.

    
    Customers can expect:
    -   A highly experienced team of in-house experts - including personal
        banking managers, financial services representatives, a mortgage
        specialist, a financial planner, a BMO Nesbitt Burns investment
        advisor and a BMO Harris Private Banking professional;
    -   Access to commercial account and deposit services;
    -   Three Instabank automated banking machines (ABM), including a drive-
        through ABM;
    -   Ample parking for BMO customers; and
    -   Full wheelchair accessibility.
    

    "Now BMO customers can collect AIR MILES reward miles whenever and
wherever they make purchases using their BMO Bank of Montreal debit card,"
said Dave Sprague, VP, Calgary District, BMO Bank of Montreal. "No other bank
can help you collect faster and redeem quicker and we are the only major
financial institution that rewards both debit purchases and credit card
purchases with access to a comprehensive choice of more than 800 reward and
travel options," added Mr. Sprague.
    "And we have even more good news for AIR MILES Collectors; not only can
you collect faster, but Mosaik MasterCard cardholders with a Mosaik Gold AIR
MILES Reward Option can redeem for AIR MILES flights using 20 per cent fewer
reward miles on any of the eleven AIR MILES reward miles partner airlines that
travel to more than 500 destinations around the globe. If you're not already
banking with us, this is another great reason to come in and talk to us about
how we can get you started," he said.
    BMO also announced that the branch 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.
    Since Okotoks is a bedroom community, which sees many of its residents
travel into Calgary for their livelihood, the new BMO branch's hours of
operation are:

    
    -   8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
        Saturdays; and
    -   10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays;
    

    The branch will hold a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, July 19th,
2008.
    BMO serves customers through 37 branches in the Calgary area.





For further information:

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


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