Media Advisory - Victor Kraatz to Host the 2007 BMO Community Skate in Vancouver



    VANCOUVER, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - BMO Financial Group and Skate Canada invite
friends, family, skating enthusiasts, media representatives and the general
public to lace up their skates and participate in the 2007 BMO Community Skate
on November 17th, at the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE. Participants will have
the opportunity to skate with several current Canadian Skating Champions who
will be competing at the upcoming 2008 BMO Canadian Figure Skating
Championships, January 16 to 20, at the PNE.
    The BMO Community Skate features two public skating sessions at 1:30 p.m.
and 3:30 p.m., as well as a skating show, showcasing Canadian national team
and junior national team athletes, which gets underway at 2:45 p.m. Athletes
performing in the show include Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison (2007 Canadian
Champions), Emanuel Sandhu (three-time Canadian Champion), Liz Putnam (third
at 2006 Four Continents), Rika Inoda (Novice Champion), Jeremy Ten (Junior
Champion), Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno (2006 Junior Champions),
Cecylia Witkowski (Junior Bronze Medalist) and Liam Firus (Pre-Novice
Champion). Ten-time Canadian Ice Dance Champion and 2003 World Ice Dance
Champion Victor Kraatz and Honorary Chair of the 2008 BMO Canadian Figure
Skating Championships will act as master of ceremonies for the skating show,
and will be on the ice for both skating sessions.
    "Last year, over 600 skaters participated in the 2006 BMO Community Skate
in Halifax," said Richard Rudderham, Senior Vice-President, BC and Yukon
Division, BMO Bank of Montreal. "I'm convinced that skating enthusiasts in
Metro Vancouver will join in even larger numbers in this year's event and
seize this unique opportunity to get up close and personal with champion
skaters".
    Tickets to the BMO Community Skate are $5 and are available to the
public. They can be purchased in advance at the Skate Canada BC office by
calling 604 205-6960. Tickets are also available at the PNE on the day of the
BMO Community Skate. Proceeds will be donated to the Skate Canada Athlete
Fund.

    
                         BMO Community Skate Details

    Date:           Saturday, November 17, 2007
    Time:           1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (PST)
                    1:30 p.m.: 1st skating session
                    3:30 p.m.: 2nd skating session
                    Skating Show 2:45 p.m.
    Location:       The Pacific Coliseum at the PNE
    Participants:   Victor Kraatz, Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison, Emanuel
                    Sandhu, Liz Putnam, Rika Inoda, Jeremy Ten , Allie Hann-
                    McCurdy and Michael Coreno, Cecylia Witkowski and Liam
                    Firus.
    

    The 2007 BMO Community Skate was established to promote the upcoming BMO
Canadian Figure Skating Championship and the launch of the single event ticket
sales.
    BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championship tickets can be purchased on line
at www.ticketmaster.ca or by telephone at 604 280-4444.
    In addition to the BMO Community Skate, members of the Skate Canada
national team will be signing autographs at the following BMO Bank of Montreal
Branch in Burnaby:

    
                       Autograph signing session at BMO

    Date:           Saturday, November 17, 2007
    Time:           9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    Location:       BMO Bank of Montreal
                    Metropolis Mall - 271-4820 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC
    Participants:   Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison, 2007 Canadian Champions
                    and other members of the national senior and junior
                    figure skating teams.
    

    Skate Canada, the national governing body responsible for the development
and administration of figure skating in Canada, is the largest figure skating
association in the world. With skating programs for athletes of all ages,
offered at 1366(*) clubs across the country, Skate Canada is an association
dedicated to providing every Canadian the opportunity to experience the
passion, spirit and triumph of skating.

    BMO Financial Group is the title sponsor of the Canadian Championships,
Junior Nationals and the Synchronized Nationals as well as the qualifying
events that lead to the national championships, the Sectional and Challenge
events. Recognizing the need to support young skaters in their quest for
excellence, BMO Financial Group also supports Skate Canada's learn-to-skate
program, CanSkate, which is taught in over 1,300 skating clubs and schools
across Canada.

    (*) As at August 30, 2007.





For further information:

For further information: Lucie Gosselin, lucie.gosselin@bmo.com, BMO
Financial Group, (514) 877-8224, or cell (514) 240-5361; Annie Bellemare,
abellemare@skatecanada.ca, 1-888-747-2372 ext 2510; or Brenda Gorman, Director
Corporate Communications, Skate Canada, 1-888-747-2372 ext 2517, Internet:
www.skatecanada.ca


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