BMO Employees Raise over $2.3 Million for United Way of Greater Toronto



    TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - The annual BMO Employee Charitable Foundation
United Way campaign of Toronto raised more than $2.3 million in 2008.
    The highly successful 2008 campaign involved nearly 2,000 BMO employees
in the Toronto area who participated in special events and donated their time
and money to the United Way.
    "There is a strong tradition of generosity on the part of the people who
work here. Our belief in the importance of giving back is fundamental to the
definition of who we are as a company. Once again, BMO employees have shown
their generosity and commitment to the community through their tremendous
support of our annual BMO Employee Charitable Foundation United Way Campaign
of Toronto, raising over two million dollars for our local community last
year," said Bill Downe, President and CEO, BMO Financial Group and 2009
Chairman of the Campaign Cabinet for United Way of Greater Toronto. "Making a
contribution is important, even more so in a challenging economic environment-
as these are times when those with less feel it most acutely," added Downe.
    "At a time of great economic uncertainty for many people and their
families in our community, BMO employees worked harder and dug deeper this
year for United Way," said United Way Toronto Chief Development Officer, Susan
McIsaac. "BMO's remarkable contribution will make a difference every single
day across Toronto and will ensure stable funding to United Way agencies."

    For more than 188 years, BMO Financial Group has believed in community
reinvestment and corporate and social responsibility in the communities it
serves. In 2008, BMO contributed $55.9 million in donations, sponsorships and
events in Canada and the United States to groups, organizations and programs
that help build and sustain resilient, vital and healthy communities.





For further information:

For further information: Media Relations Contact: Orli Namian, Toronto,
orli.namian@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996


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