BMO Dims Lights for Bright Idea



    Main offices in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Chicago will
    turn out their lights on March 29 in support of Earth Hour

    TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ - BMO Financial Group announced that it will
participate in a scheduled "Earth Hour" event on Saturday, March 29, when it
turns off the lights in its main offices in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg,
Vancouver, Chicago and in other major facilities to show its support for the
global stand against climate change. March 29 is the day scheduled for "Earth
Hour", a global environmental event linking people and businesses around the
world in a pledge to turn off their lights from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    BMO has signed on and registered its commitment on www.earthhour.org. For
security reasons, BMO branches and ABMs cannot be included in Earth Hour but
at its main offices, internal lighting will be kept to a minimum and exterior
signage will be turned off. Additionally, in leased premises, on both sides of
the border, BMO is working closely with building managers to encourage their
participation.
    "We have an important role to play in protecting the environment," said
Jim Johnston, Director, Environmental Sustainability, BMO Financial Group.
"The issue is important to many of our customers, our investors, and our
employees. Earth Hour is only one small part of the climate change solution.
From choosing Bullfrog Power for many of our branches, to using post-consumer
fibre paper for our publications, BMO is working every day to reduce our
footprint on the environment and I encourage everyone to think about ways they
too can reduce their energy consumption."





For further information:

For further information: For News Media Enquiries: Ralph Marranca,
Toronto, ralph.marranca@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996; Lucie Gosselin, Montréal,
lucie.gosselin@bmo.com, (514) 887-8224; Laurie Grant, Vancouver,
laurie.grant@bmo.com, (604) 665-7596; Amy Yuhn, Chicago,
amy.yuhn@harrisbank.com, (312) 461-2478


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