BMO Opens $2.4 Million Environmentally-Friendly Branch in Alberta



    
    -  First LEED certified and 18th Bullfrog Powered BMO branch in Alberta
    -  Branch team, including a BMO Nesbitt Burns Investment Advisor, a
       financial planner and a mortgage specialist set to deliver great
       customer experience
    -  Extended hours, branch is open Monday to Saturday
    

    CALGARY, April 27 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal today opened a green
branch located at 9608 Macleod Trail SE in the well established Acadia
neighbourhood of Calgary.
    The environmentally-friendly branch is the first branch in Alberta that
will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, a well
recognized standard managed by the Canadian Green Building Council. Also, the
branch will receive its electricity from Bullfrog Power, which provides homes
and businesses with electricity generated from clean, renewable sources like
wind power and low-impact hydro.
    "We are proud to be the first LEED branch in Alberta that exceeds typical
standards in five categories: use of a sustainable site, water efficiency,
energy and atmosphere, indoor environment and materials and resources," said
Don Powell, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal.
    The branch is home to a team of 21 personal banking and investment
professionals who are ready to provide a great customer experience. The team
includes a BMO Nesbitt Burns Investment Advisor, a financial planner, and a
mortgage specialist.
    "BMO recently led the way in reducing mortgage rates, and now offers a
special 5 year fixed rate of 3.95 per cent," said David Sprague,
Vice-President, Calgary District, BMO Bank of Montreal. "This is a great time
for first-time homebuyers to come in and talk to us. We can help remove the
complexity that comes with purchasing a home and encourage our customers to
ask for the BMO First Home Essentials kit designed to guide homebuyers."
    For added convenience, the new Macleod Trail & 94th branch features three
ABMs for everyday financial transactions, and a drive-thru ABM, as well as
ample free parking.

    
    The branch's hours of operation are:
    Monday to Wednesday           9:30am to 4:30pm
    Thursday & Friday             9:30am to 6:00pm
    Saturday                      9:30am to 4:30pm
    

    "Plus if you're one of the millions of AIR MILES collectors in Canada, we
have another reason for you to bank with BMO," said Mr. Sprague. "No other
bank can help you collect faster and redeem more quickly because we are the
only major financial institution that rewards debit and credit card purchases,
including online purchases, with access to a comprehensive choice of more than
800 reward and travel options."
    The Macleod Trail & 94th branch replaces the Southcentre Branch, located
at 31 - 100 Anderson Road SE, which closed on April 24th.

    About BMO Bank of Montreal

    With over 2,700 employees and 93 BMO Bank of Montreal branches in
Alberta, BMO provides financing to more than 27,000 small businesses. Earlier
in February, BMO Bank of Montreal received the 2009 award for Alberta's Best
Workplace in the Environment category from Alberta Venture magazine.
    The Calgary Stampede and BMO Financial Group announced on March 9, 2009,
that BMO has acquired the naming rights to the newly-expanded Roundup Centre
in Stampede Park for the next 10 years. As the official Bank of the Calgary
Stampede since 1912, BMO is proud to support this volunteer-supported,
not-for-profit community organization which strives to preserve and promote
western heritage and values.




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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