$1.3 Million Multi-Lingual BMO Bank of Montreal Branch Opens in Calgary's Newest Northern Suburb - Creekside

    $100 cash deposits and AIR MILES reward miles an advantage for BMO

    CALGARY, March 17 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal today opened a new 5,300
square foot bank branch in Creekside, a fast growing suburb on Calgary's
northern edge.
    The Creekside BMO branch, located at 12432 Symons Valley Road NW, will
have 15 employees providing financial services advice in English, Spanish,
Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic, Vietnamese, Farsi and Tagalog.
    "We are committed to providing every one of our customers with the best
banking experience possible," said Ravi Sull, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of
Montreal. "To demonstrate our commitment we are offering a $100 cash deposit
to all new customers who open a new chequing account between March 17 and
April 19 and make an automatic pay deposit or bill payment to that account by
July 19, 2008," added Mr. Sull.
    "As well, BMO customers can collect AIR MILES reward miles whenever and
wherever they make purchases using their BMO Bank of Montreal debit card,
credit card, and online," said David Sprague, Vice President, Calgary
District, 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 both debit purchases and
credit card purchases with a comprehensive choice of more than 800 reward and
travel options," added Mr. Sprague.

    Customers can expect:
    -   A highly experienced, multi-lingual team of in-house experts
        including personal banking managers, financial services
        representatives, a financial planner, and a BMO Nesbitt Burns
        Investment Advisor;
    -   Access to commercial account and deposit services;
    -   Three Instabank automated banking machines (ABM), including a
        drive-through ABM;
    -   Ample free parking for BMO customers; and
    -   Full wheelchair accessibility.

    BMO also announced that the branch will receive its electricity from
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.

    BMO's Creekside Shopping Centre branch will operate from:
    -   9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to Thursdays;
    -   10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays; and
    -   9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

    BMO serves customers through 27 branches in the Calgary District.

    About BMO Financial Group

    BMO Financial Group, Canada's first bank, is one of the most highly
diversified financial services organizations in North America. With total
assets of $366 billion as at October 31, 2007, and more than 32,000 employees,
BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment
banking products and solutions.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Laurie Grant, (604) 665-7596,
laurie.grant@bmo.com, Internet: www.bmo.com

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