Interac Association Marks Payments Industry Milestone with the First INTERAC Chip Debit Card Transaction



    TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - As part of its commitment to providing the
safest and most secure payment network, Interac Association today announced
the completion of Canada's first INTERAC debit card transaction at the
point-of-sale terminal using chip technology. The transaction was processed
today by TD Merchant Services using a BMO Bank of Montreal chip debit card at
Mercato Giovanni's Fresh Food located in downtown Toronto. The chip debit card
transaction was conducted in preparation for the Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
market trial of chip technology which will begin in fall 2007.
    "The successful processing of the first INTERAC chip debit card
transaction represents great progress and brings Canada one step closer to the
chip migration," said Mark O'Connell, President and CEO, Interac Association.
"We look forward to working with our members and partners throughout the
Kitchener-Waterloo market trial towards a smooth transition to chip technology
across Canada."
    Chip technology will provide increased protection against debit and
credit card fraud. The transition to chip technology represents an evolution
of electronic payments systems designed to make an already safe system even
more secure. The foundation of chip technology is based on the global
technical standard known as "EMV"(TM), which is already in use in many
countries around the world.
    "Processing the first INTERAC chip debit transaction is a milestone that
we're proud of as it takes us one step closer to introducing our banking and
merchant customers to chip technology," said Jeff van Duynhoven, Vice
President, TD Bank Financial Group. "We have made great progress internally to
ready TD for the migration to chip technology, both at TD Green Machines and
at the point-of-sale, and with the support of Interac Association we are
well-positioned to begin our chip roll-out later this year."
    Beginning in fall 2007, merchants and cardholders will start to see the
introduction of cards, Automated Banking Machines and merchant terminals that
feature chip technology, and within three years, it is expected that the
majority of Canadians will be able to fully benefit from this new technology.
    "Ensuring the security of our customers' information and accounts is an
absolute priority for BMO Bank of Montreal," said Michel Chalifoux, Vice
President, BMO Card and Retail Payments. "Processing the first retail
transaction on a chip-secure BMO debit card represents an important milestone
and reassures our customers that BMO is at the forefront of adapting tools and
technology that help them make day-to-day purchases conveniently and securely
in Canada. BMO customers will enjoy the benefit of this enhanced security from
an extensive network of BMO Automated Banking Machines across Canada
immediately upon the national roll-out of this chip card technology."
    The complete migration to chip technology will take a number of years,
given the vast number of Automated Banking Machines, point-of-sale terminals
and banking cards across Canada which must be upgraded. Each financial
institution has its own timetable in place, so the introduction of chip
technology will vary from one participant to another.
    Chip cards will continue to carry a magnetic stripe, which remains a safe
payment method, not only to facilitate the chip transition period, but also to
allow cardholders to use their debit cards in other countries that do not use
chip technology.

    About BMO Bank of Montreal
    --------------------------
    BMO was established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal and served as Canada's
central bank until 1935. It was also the first Canadian bank to open branches
abroad, in London and New York, in 1818. Today, BMO operates around the world,
providing 24-hour banking services through a sophisticated electronic network.
In Canada, BMO has a cross-country network of 1,211 bank branches and 1,954
ABMs, which provide customers with convenient and secure access to their
accounts 24 hour a day, seven days a week.

    About TD Bank Financial Group
    -----------------------------
    The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as
TD Bank Financial Group. The Bank serves more than 14 million customers in
four key businesses operating in a number of locations in key financial
centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including
TD Canada Trust as well as the Bank's global insurance operations (excluding
the U.S.); Wealth Management, including TD Waterhouse Canada, TD Waterhouse
U.K. and the Bank's investment in TD Ameritrade; U.S. Personal and Commercial
Banking through TD Banknorth; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities.
The Bank also ranks among the world's leading on-line financial services
firms, with more than 4.5 million on-line customers. The Bank had $404 billion
in assets as at July 31, 2007. The Bank is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.
The Bank's common stock is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New
York Stock Exchange under symbol: TD, as well as on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

    About Interac Association
    -------------------------
    A recognized world leader in debit card services, Interac Association is
responsible for the development and operations of the INTERAC network, a
national payment network that allows Canadians to access their money through
Automated Banking Machines and point-of-sale terminals across Canada.
    Interac Association was founded in 1984 and is composed of a diverse
membership which includes banks, trust companies, credit unions, caisses
populaires, merchants, and technology and payment related companies.
    Other INTERAC-branded and related services include: INTERAC Online, for
secure online payments directly from a bank account, INTERAC Email Money
Transfer, for the transfer of money from a bank account to anyone with an
email address, and Cross Border Debit, for point-of-sale access at more than
1.5 million U.S. retailers.

    (TM) EMV is a trademark owned by EMVCo LLC

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For further information:

For further information: or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Lizanne McReelis, Strategic Objectives, (416) 366-7735 ext. 237,
lmcreelis@strategicobjectives.com; Tina Romano, Interac Association/Acxsys
Corporation, (416) 869-5062, tromano@interac.org; Matt Cram, TD Bank Financial
Group, (416) 983-1514, matthew.cram@td.com; Ralph Marranca, BMO Bank of
Montreal, (416) 867-3996, ralph.marranca@bmo.com


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