With a $4.5 Million Investment - BMO Bank of Montreal Increases Access for Customers with Opening of a Second Branch in Sainte-Dorothée



    Annie Brocoli to attend family barbecue on September 15

    LAVAL, QC, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal has opened the doors of
its second branch in Sainte-Dorothée. Located at 23 Samson Boulevard West, the
new branch represents an investment of $4.5 million.
    Customers will be welcomed from Monday to Saturday by more than a dozen
experienced professionals and investment specialists. "We are committed to
delivering personalized financial solutions and a superior banking experience
to each of our customers, not only when they visit the branch but also when
they use the various other ways of accessing our products and services," said
branch manager Maryse Filion.
    "This major investment is further proof of our commitment to the
Sainte-Dorothée and the Laval region and our desire to develop business
relationships in the community with individuals as well as small and
medium-sized companies," said Mario Rigante, Vice-President, Laval and
Northwest Quebec, BMO Bank of Montreal. "We are proud to be able to expand our
presence with these two branches and offer increased access to a full range of
investment and retail credit products.
    "Our objective is to demonstrate to our customers that we are the only
financial institution they will ever need, and I know that we have the
employees, products, services and locations to prove it to them every day,"
Mr. Rigante continued. "Our customers can be sure they will be met by a
professional who is ready to have with them a meaningful discussion that
starts and ends with their needs."
    The new two-story branch brings together a full complement of friendly
and knowledgeable staff, including:

    
    -   Experienced financial services managers who meet with customers in
        welcoming private offices to advise them on made-to-measure financial
        solutions;
    -   Customer service representatives specializing in day-to-day
        transactions;
    -   Commercial Services account manager;
    -   An on-site mortgage loan specialist, who will help them buy or
        finance a home; and
    -   Wealth management and investment services provided by one of the
        branch's financial planners.

    Making financial services accessible is a key strategy of this large
(5,300 square feet on two floors), modern branch, as is shown by:

    -   Extended branch hours (Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to
        5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday
        from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.);
    -   A drive-through automated banking machine located outdoors on the
        side of the building and an Instabank Extra ABM located inside. Both
        are accessible 24 hours a day and have a flexible keypad security
        shield and special viewing screen to increase privacy and prevent
        customers' personal information from been viewed by others;
    -   Accessibility for persons with disabilities; and
    -   Easily accessible parking for customers.
    

    Inaugurated seven years ago, the BMO In-Store branch in Marché Crevier
IGA, located 1 kilometre away at 550, Desserte West, on Highway 13, is open
seven days a week: weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Invitation to the general public

    The official inauguration of this brand new BMO Bank of Montreal branch
will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2007. It will be a festive affair,
as many families are expected to attend the barbecue hosted by BMO staff and
featuring a favourite friend of children and their parents, Annie Brocoli, who
will take part in an autograph and photo session between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
    To mark the inauguration and demonstrate their commitment to the
community, the branch's staff will present a $1,000 donation to the Maison de
Jeunes de Sainte-Dorothée through the BMO Employee Charitable Foundation.
    What's more, BMO is the principal partner in the 2007 BMO Bank of
Montreal Dream Home, which is located in Sainte-Dorothée and will raise more
than $1 million for organizations that work with sick and underprivileged
children. BMO is also the principal partner of the Association de soccer de
Laval for three years.

    Founded in 1917, BMO Bank of Montreal is a member of BMO Financial Group
(NYSE and TSX: BMO), one of the largest financial services providers in North
America. BMO Bank of Montreal operates 161 branches in Quebec, including 11 in
Laval.





For further information:

For further information: Maryse Filion, Manager, BMO Sainte-Dorothée
Branch, (450) 969-3320; Lucie Gosselin, Communications, (514) 877-8224

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