Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Darryl Sittler teams up with BMO Bank of Montreal to Celebrate Grand Opening of Branch in Ajax honouring Earth Hour



    New branch fuelled by clean energy from Bullfrog Power and built to LEED
    environmental standards

    AJAX, ON, March 28 /CNW/ - On Saturday, March 29, BMO Bank of Montreal
will celebrate the grand opening of its third branch in Ajax, Ontario, located
at 180 Kingston Rd. E. at Salem Rd. BMO, the official bank of the Toronto
Maple Leafs, invites customers and fans to come by and meet former Maple Leaf
Darryl Sittler at an autograph signing, and to enjoy a complementary BBQ and
enter a draw to win a signed Toronto Maple Leafs jersey.
    In support of the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour campaign,
energy-saving light bulbs will be given to customers who attend the opening.
The new Ajax branch is fuelled by clean energy from Bullfrog Power, which
provides homes and businesses with electricity generated from clean, renewable
sources like wind power and low-impact hydro. The branch has been built to
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. LEED
certification covers the design, construction, and operation of green
buildings, enabling BMO to track water savings, energy efficiency, materials
selection, and indoor air quality.

    
    WHEN:   Saturday, March 29, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    WHERE:  BMO Bank of Montreal
            180 Kingston Rd. E.

    WHAT:   Opening ceremony: 12:00 noon
            Speeches and ribbon cutting

            BBQ: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

            Darryl Sittler autograph signing: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    WHO:    Darryl Sittler, Former Captain, Toronto Maple Leafs
            Doug Dawson, Vice-President, GTA North District, BMO Bank of
            Montreal
            Craig Sullivan, Area Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal
            Heather O'Brien, Communications Manager, GTA Division,
            BMO Bank of Montreal
            Nancy Holman, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal
            Steve Parish, Mayor, Town of Ajax
            BMO employees and customers

    ABOUT THE AJAX BRANCH:

    -  Opened November 5, 2007

    -  Located at 180 Kingston Rd. E. at Salem Rd., Ajax, Ontario

    -  Represents an investment of $1.3 million

    -  Size: 6,000 square feet

    -  Staff: 22 financial services professionals including a BMO Nesbitt
       Burns Investment Advisor

    -  Services: A variety of personal, financial planning and investment
       services

    -  Hours of operation:
       -  9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays;
       -  9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Thursdays and Fridays;
       -  9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Saturdays.

    The Kingston Rd. branch is BMO Bank of Montreal's third branch in Ajax.
BMO Bank of Montreal operates 12 branches and employs 201 people in the Durham
region.
    





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Kasia Lech, kasia.lech@bmo.com,
(416) 867-3915

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