Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Raptors Star Jose Calderon joins BMO to Celebrate Grand Opening of New Scarborough Branch



    BMO Marks Opening with $52,214 Donation to Variety Village

    TORONTO, March 7 /CNW/ - On Saturday, March 8, 2008, BMO Bank of Montreal
will celebrate the grand opening of its new branch in Scarborough, Ontario at
the corner of Eglinton and Pharmacy with a $52,214 donation to Variety
Village. The donation was made possible by funds raised by BMO employees and
customers through a "Rock and Roll" 5K Run/Walk and a local golf tournament.
BMO, the Official Bank of the Toronto Raptors, also invites customers and fans
to come by and meet Jose Calderon and the Raptors mascot at an autograph
signing, and to enjoy a complimentary BBQ and enter a draw to win one of two
Toronto Raptors jerseys or Raptors tickets.

    
    WHEN:     Saturday, March 8, 2008 from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    WHERE:    BMO Bank of Montreal
              1900 Eglinton Ave. East at Pharmacy Ave.

    WHAT:     BBQ: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

              Opening ceremony: 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
              Speeches and ribbon cutting

              Jose Calderon autograph signing:
              2:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.

    WHO:      Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors
              Raptors Dance Pak
              Bill Crook, District Vice-President, GTA District
              Ray Abi, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal
              BMO Bank of Montreal employees and customers

    ABOUT THE EGLINTON AND PHARMACY BRANCH

    -   Opened January 28, 2008

    -   Located at 1900 Eglinton Ave. East at Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough,
        Ontario

    -   Represents an investment of $1.5 million

    -   Size: 8,200 square feet

    -   The new Scarborough branch is fuelled by Bullfrog Power, which
        provides homes and businesses in Ontario and Alberta with electricity
        generated from clean, renewable sources like wind power and
        low-impact hydro

    -   Staff: 25 financial services professionals

    -   Services: A variety of personal, financial planning and investment
        services, including a BMO Nesbitt Burns investment advisor to help
        customers address their financial needs, including wealth management,
        estate planning and insurance

    -   Hours of operation:
        -  9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Monday to Friday;
        -  9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Saturday
    

    "BMO's grand opening and our donation to Variety Village provide a
wonderful opportunity for us to welcome customers to the new branch, meet
neighbours and to show our appreciation and support for the organizations that
mean so much to the well-being of our community," said Ray Abi, Branch
Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal.
    "Also to the AIR MILES collectors in Scarborough, we have another reason
for you to bank with BMO. Now our customers can collect AIR MILES reward miles
whenever and wherever they make purchases using their BMO Bank of Montreal
debit card," said Alex Dousmanis-Curtis, SVP Greater Toronto Division, BMO
Bank of Montreal. "No other bank can help you collect faster and redeem
quicker and we are the only major financial institution that rewards debit,
credit and online purchases with access to a comprehensive choice of more than
800 reward and travel options," added Ms. Dousmanis-Curtis.

    BMO Bank of Montreal operates 159 full-service branches and 17 InStore
branches in the Greater Toronto Area.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Katelyn Hunter, Toronto,
katelyn.hunter@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996


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