BMO Donates $500,000 to William Osler Health Centre Foundation



    Presentation to take place at BMO's new branch grand opening in Brampton

    TORONTO, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal is donating $500,000 to The
William Osler Health Centre Foundation to celebrate the grand opening of its
new bank branch at 9990 Airport Road and Bovaird in north-east Brampton on
December 15, 2007. 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.
    The William Osler Health Centre Foundation is a registered charity
devoted to raising funds for William Osler Health Centre. Since its inception
in May 2002, the Foundation has been dedicated to building the strongest
community health care centre in the province. BMO's donation will provide
resources to expand clinical programs and assist the Health Centre in their
vision to provide effective and compassionate care that meets or exceeds the
health care needs of the Brampton community. BMO the Bear will be visiting
William Osler Health Centre on December 15, 2007 to hand out BMO the Bear
stuffed toys to the paediatric ward.

    
    WHEN:     Saturday, December 15, 2007 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    WHERE:    BMO Bank of Montreal
              9990 Airport Road and Bovaird in North-East Brampton

    WHAT:     Opening ceremony: 11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
              Speeches and ribbon cutting: 12:00 p.m.
              Refreshments

    WHO:      Sandra Hames City Councilor Ward 7 and 8
              Vic Dhillon, City Councilor Ward 9 and 10
              John Sprovieri, Regional Councilor Ward 9 and 10
              Dr. Kuldip Kular, MPP Bramalea-Gore-Malton
              Hon. Gurbax Malhi, PC, MP Bramalea-Gore-Malton
              Ann Randell, William Osler Foundation President and CEO
              Alex Dousmanis-Curtis, SVP GTA Division, BMO Bank of Montreal
              Marilyn Rozsa, District Vice President, BMO Bank of Montreal
    

    "BMO's grand opening and donation provide a wonderful opportunity for us
to show our appreciation and support for the organizations that mean so much
to the well-being of our community. We would like to invite our customers to
come out and join us in this celebration, meet neighbours and see what the new
branch has to offer," said Alex Dousmanis-Curtis, SVP Greater Toronto
Division, BMO Bank of Montreal.
    "Our message to residents is to come in and talk to our team of
experienced financial services professionals and investment specialists who
can provide clear financial advice and solutions to help them make the right
decisions with their money," said Pat Rakkar, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of
Montreal. "We are the only major financial institution that rewards debit
purchases with access to a comprehensive choice of more than 800 reward and
travel options. No other bank can help you collect faster and redeem quicker,"
added Ms. Rakkar.

    
    ABOUT THE NORTH-EAST BRAMPTON BRANCH

    -   Opened December 3, 2007

    -   Located at 9990 Airport Road, Brampton

    -   Represents an investment of $1.4 Million

    -   Size: 6,000 square feet

    -   One of the first BMO branches to be fuelled by clean energy from
        Bullfrog Power

    -   Staff: 15 financial services professionals

    -   Services: A highly experienced team of in-house experts - including
        personal banking managers, a financial planner, and a BMO Nesbitt
        Burns investment advisor

    -   Three Instabank automated banking machines (ABM), including a drive-
        through ABM;

    -   Hours of operation:
        9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays;
        9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; and
        9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
    

    BMO serves customers through eight branches in Brampton. In 2007, BMO
contributed $42.6 million in corporate donations, sponsorships and events,
supporting communities and thousands of charities and not-for-profit
organizations across Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Media Relations Contact: Katelyn Hunter,
Toronto, Katelyn.hunter@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996

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