B2B Trust signs distribution agreements with Guardian Group of Funds Ltd. and BMO Investments Inc. for investment and RRSP loans

    TORONTO, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - B2B Trust has signed agreements with
Guardian Group of Funds Ltd. and BMO Investments Inc. for the distribution of
investment and RRSP loans. Under the terms of these agreements, B2B Trust will
provide its highly competitive investment and RRSP loan programs to Guardian
Group of Funds Ltd. and BMO Investments Inc. (distributors of the BMO Guardian
Funds family) for distribution through licensed financial advisors.
    "We are very pleased to add the BMO Guardian Funds family to our client
roster," says François Desjardins, President and Chief Executive Officer of
B2B Trust. "B2B Trust is dedicated to working with financial intermediaries
and meeting their unique needs by providing purpose-built banking products and
services. Guardian Group of Funds Ltd.'s commitment to providing quality
products and exemplary service mirrors B2B Trust's approach - that's what
makes this distribution alliance such a great fit."
    These new agreements will significantly broaden the opportunities for
distribution of investment and RRSP loan products to financial advisors across
the country. "We are excited about the potential our new partnership with B2B
Trust will bring and feel that their offerings effectively address what we see
as a continuing healthy demand for lending products," says Ross Kappele,
President, Guardian Group of Funds Ltd.
    These newly signed agreements become the 59th and 60th distribution
alliance arrangements for B2B Trust, whose clients include firms across the
mutual and segregated fund manufacturing sectors, as well as the mutual fund
dealer community.

    About the BMO Guardian Funds family

    BMO Guardian Funds are managed by Guardian Group of Funds Ltd. or BMO
Investments Inc., members of BMO Financial Group and part of the
organization's Private Client Group, which provides integrated wealth
management services in Canada and across the United States. BMO Guardian Funds
is a suite of products that offers advisors a range of investment options and
continues to expand with the recent inclusion of more than 25 funds, including
regional funds, country-specific opportunities, sector specialization and
other focused mandates.

    About B2B Trust

    B2B Trust provides advisors, planners and brokers with superior financial
products and services for distribution to their clients across Canada. B2B
Trust is the leading third-party supplier of investment and RRSP loans, a
premier supplier of wholesale deposit products and a long-time provider of
self-directed accounts, banking services and broker mortgages. B2B Trust's
suite of products and services are available nationally with the head office
located in Toronto and regional sales representation in Halifax, Montreal,
Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.
    The company is a federally chartered trust company and wholly-owned
subsidiary of Laurentian Bank of Canada. The website address is b2btrust.com.

    (R) B2B TRUST is a registered trademark of B2B Trust.

For further information:

For further information: Matthew Naftolin, Veritas Communications, (416)
955-4592, Naftolin@veritascanada.com; Gladys Caron, Laurentian Bank,
Vice-President, Public Affairs, Communications and Investor Relations, (514)
284-4500 ext. 7511, gladys.caron@banquelaurentienne.ca; Jason McIntyre,
Guardian Group of Funds, Senior VP Sales, (416) 947-3018,

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