$1.6 Million Multi-lingual BMO Bank of Montreal Branch Opens in West Edmonton

    The Grange gains a green-powered business

    EDMONTON, March 10 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal today opened a new 5,000
square foot personal and commercial banking branch in Hampton Market, a new
shopping and commercial centre located just off Anthony Henday Drive.
    BMO's investment of $1.6 million in the new Hampton Market branch is
further proof of the bank's optimism in growing its business in West Edmonton.
    The Hampton Market BMO branch at 6220 - 199TH Street is in The Grange, a
fast growing community; home to a diverse population. Led by branch manager
Linda McLeod, there will be 17 employees providing the full range of financial
services in English, French, Ukrainian, Italian, Turkish, Hindi and Arabic.
    "Our employees, to include an investment advisor from BMO Nesbitt Burns
and a BMO Financial Group financial planner, will be eager to offer
knowledgeable and professional information and financial solutions to all our
existing and new BMO customers," said Ms. McLeod. "To demonstrate this
commitment we are offering a $100 cash deposit to all new customers who open a
new chequing account between March 10th and April 12th and make an automatic
pay deposit or bill payment to that account by July 12th, 2008.
    "As well, BMO customers can collect AIR MILES reward miles whenever and
wherever they make purchases using their BMO Bank of Montreal debit card,"
said Lynda Taylor, Vice President, Edmonton 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 Ms. Taylor.

    Features of the new BMO branch include:
    -   Access to commercial account and deposit services;
    -   Two Instabank automated banking machines (ABM), including a drive-
        through ABM;
    -   Ample 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 has purchased 5,000 Megawatt Hours per year of clean,
emission-free electricity from Bullfrog Power.

    BMO's Hampton Market branch will operate from:
    -   9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays;
    -   9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; and
    -   9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

    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.
    BMO Bank of Montreal serves customers through 29 branches in the Edmonton

For further information:

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

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