BMO Bank of Montreal Appoints New Vice-Presidents for Nova Scotia and New Brunswick & PEI Districts



    HALIFAX, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal today continued to sharpen
its focus on customer service and growing its business in Atlantic Canada with
the appointments of Carolyn Booth as Vice-President for New Brunswick & PEI
District and Michael E. Bonner as Vice-President for Nova Scotia.
    Ms. Booth will be responsible for 350 professionals who serve customers
through BMO's network of 34 branches in New Brunswick & PEI. Mr. Bonner will
oversee the bank's operations in Nova Scotia where BMO operates 30 branches
and has more than 500 employees.
    Ms. Booth holds an MBA in Financial Services from Dalhousie University
and has more than fifteen years experience with BMO Bank of Montreal. Prior to
this appointment, she was Personal Banking Area Manager, Saint John.
    Mr. Bonner has more than fifteen years experience in the financial
services industry and will complete an MBA in Financial Services at Dalhousie
University later this month. Based in Calgary, Mr. Bonner was Senior Manager,
Real Estate Finance, Prairies Division, at BMO Bank of Montreal prior to his
appointment.
    "Throughout their careers with BMO, Ms. Booth and Mr. Bonner have
demonstrated a strong commitment to customer service while leading their teams
to superior performance," said Steve Murphy, Senior Vice-President, Atlantic
Provinces Division, BMO Bank of Montreal. These new executive colleagues and
our leadership group will focus on ensuring that our employees offer our
customers a superior banking experience and personalized financial solutions
during each branch visit or conversation."
    BMO Bank of Montreal is committed to earning new business and building
lasting relationships with a highly efficient and focused sales staff,
outstanding customer service and new products and special offerings, such as
its recent AIR MILES initiative whereby collectors can receive miles on all
their debit card purchases regardless of where they shop and without
restrictions. BMO is also focused on small business lending, and has been very
successful at growing market share in Atlantic Canada, from 17.5% in 1999 to
24.9% in 2006. "We're committed to becoming the number one small business
lender in the region," added Mr. Murphy.
    BMO is an active corporate citizen, with more than $3 million in total
community investment in Atlantic Canada through announced donations and
sponsorships in 2006.





For further information:

For further information: Lucie Gosselin, Montréal,
lucie.gosselin@bmo.com, (514) 877-1101, Internet: www.bmo.com

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