Media Advisory - BMO Capital Markets to Open Trading on Toronto Stock
Exchange to Launch Fifth Annual Equity Through Education Trading Day

    
    All institutional equity trading commissions earned tomorrow by BMO
    Capital Markets to be donated to charities that support education and
    diversity
    

TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - BMO Capital Markets will open trading on Toronto Stock Exchange tomorrow to mark the launch of Equity Through Education, an annual charitable trading day to help Canadians turn their academic goals into a reality.

BMO Capital Markets is proud to once again donate all of the North American institutional equity commissions earned tomorrow to support nine organizations in Canada and the U.S. that seek to improve access to education and training for people across all diversity groups.

Now in its fifth year, Equity Through Education has raised a total of $6.6 million dollars, assisting more than 2,000 individuals who have directly benefited through scholarships, bursaries and other educational programs.

"The people ETE supports, clearly have the ambition to succeed," said Mike Miller, Head of Equity Products, BMO Capital Markets and Campaign Chair of the special trading day. "Our goal is to help change lives and remove the barriers, where we can that prevent those talented individuals from reaching their full potential."

Miller along with Toronto FC Captain Jim Brennan and several ETE scholar recipients will open the market at TSX tomorrow to celebrate the launch of the ETE trading day. "We have always had tremendous support from the institutional investor community for this initiative. Their remarkable contributions year after year, make an incredible difference and BMO is proud to work with them and the charitable organizations which have an enormous impact on so many students," said Miller.

"TSX is pleased to welcome BMO Capital Markets and we are proud to support this very worthwhile initiative," said Robert Fortheringham, Senior Vice President, Trading, TSX Markets, who will be hosting the market open ceremony.

    
    To learn more about Equity Through Education visit
    http://www.bmocm.com/equitythrougheducation

    The nine charities that BMO Capital Markets supports through Equity
Through Education are:

    -   Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation (CMSF)
    -   The Financial Women's Association
    -   Foundation for the Advancement of Aboriginal Youth (FAAY)
    -   The Jackie Robinson Foundation
    -   National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
    -   The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
    -   The Pathways to Education Program
    -   YAI/National Institute for People With Disabilities Network
    -   Youth in Motion's Top 20 Under 20 Program
    

A photo of BMO Capital Markets opening the market will be available on the Canada Newswire network at 9:45 a.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, September 23, 2009.

About BMO's Charitable Giving

Equity Through Education(R), is a charitable initiative launched by BMO Capital Markets in 2005 to help people realize their educational ambitions by giving them the means to pursue those goals.

For more than 190 years, BMO Financial Group has believed in reinvesting in the communities it serves. In 2008, BMO Financial Group 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.

SOURCE BMO BANK OF MONTREAL

For further information: For further information: Media Contacts: Kim Hanson, Toronto, kim.hanson@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996; Ronald Monet, Montréal, ronald.monet@bmo.com, (514) 877-1101; Laurie Grant, Vancouver, laurie.grant@bmo.com, (604) 665-7596; Internet: www.bmocm.com

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