BMO Capital Markets Will Donate All Institutional Equity Trading Commissions Earned today to Support Education



    TORONTO and NEW YORK, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - BMO Capital Markets, the
investment and corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (TSX, NYSE:   BMO),
is proud to announce its fourth Equity Through Education charitable trading
day.
    Today, all institutional equity trading commissions earned by BMO Capital
Markets across North America, will go directly to nine important
organizations, to improve access to education and training for bright,
deserving individuals who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
    "We all know that access to education can change lives. There is no
shortage of students with talent and ambition but not all have the support and
means to help attain their goals. At BMO Capital Markets, we value the
importance of building a team with diverse backgrounds and experiences. To
date, through this special trading day, we have assisted more than 1500
students through scholarships, bursaries and other workforce initiatives, some
have even come through our own BMO internship program," said Eric Tripp,
President, BMO Capital Markets. "We are honoured to be able to contribute to
these organizations that work tirelessly at improving lives, strengthening
neighborhoods to establish a foundation for individuals to achieve personal
fulfillment through education."
    Since the launch of the program in 2005, Equity Through Education has
raised more than CDN$4.9 million/US$4.18 million to support education and
diversity. More than 1,500 individuals have benefited from the program through
scholarships, bursaries, mentoring programs and job search strategy forums.
    For more information on the program and the organizations we support
please visit: www.bmocm.com/equitythrougheducation
    For an interview about Equity through Education and/or a photo
opportunity of trading floor activities on September 17 please contact Orli
Namian, Media Relations, orli.namian@bmo.com, 416-867-4914

    BMO Capital Markets, through its parent, BMO Financial Group, has a proud
tradition of supporting community reinvestment and corporate and social
responsibility to the communities it serves. In 2007, BMO Financial Group
contributed $50.4 million in donations, sponsorships and events in Canada and
the United States to support charities, not-for profit organizations and
programs in communities across Canada and the United States.





For further information:

For further information: Orli Namian, Toronto, orli.namian@bmo.com,
(416) 867-3996; Lucie Gosselin, Montreal, lucie.gosselin@bmo.com, (514)
877-1101; Kevin Windorf, New York, kevin.windorf@bmo.com, (212) 885-4111

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