BMO Capital Markets Will Donate All Institutional Equity Trading Commissions Earned September 17th to Support Education

    TORONTO and NEW YORK, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - BMO Capital Markets, the
investment and corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (TSX, NYSE:   BMO),
is proud to announce its fourth Equity Through Education charitable trading
    All institutional equity trading commissions earned by BMO Capital
Markets across North America on September 17, will go directly to nine
important organizations, to improve access to education and training for
bright, deserving individuals who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
    "We all know that access to education can change lives. There is no
shortage of students with talent and ambition but not all have the support and
means to help attain their goals. At BMO Capital Markets, we value the
importance of building a team with diverse backgrounds and experiences. To
date, through this special trading day, we have assisted more than
1500 students through scholarships, bursaries and other workforce initiatives,
some have even come through our own BMO internship program," said Eric Tripp,
President, BMO Capital Markets. "We are honoured to be able to contribute to
these organizations that work tirelessly at improving lives, strengthening
neighborhoods to establish a foundation for individuals to achieve personal
fulfillment through education."
    Since the launch of the program in 2005, Equity Through Education has
raised more than CDN$4.9 million/US$4.18 million to support education and
diversity. More than 1,500 individuals have benefited from the program through
scholarships, bursaries, mentoring programs and job search strategy forums.
    BMO Capital Markets, through its parent, BMO Financial Group, has a proud
tradition of supporting community reinvestment and corporate and social
responsibility to the communities it serves. In 2007, BMO Financial Group
contributed $50.4 million in donations, sponsorships and events in Canada and
the United States to support charities, not-for profit organizations and
programs in communities across Canada and the United States.

    About the charities that Equity Through Education supports:

    -   Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation (CMSF)

        Canada's largest independent scholarship organization for
        undergraduate study identifies and supports talented students, in
        this case women, who display leadership potential and a strong
        commitment of service in the community. To date, Equity through
        Education has funded 12 full undergraduate Loran scholarships.

    -   The Financial Women's Association

        The Financial Women's Association (FWA) is a leading executive
        organization committed to shaping leaders in business and finance
        with a special emphasis on the role and development of women. The FWA
        serves its members through educational programs and networking
        opportunities, and serves the community through its nationally
        acclaimed scholarship, mentoring and training programs. Equity
        through Education has provided funds to endow six full scholarships
        annually for young women in the FWA Baruch College mentoring program.

    -   Foundation for the Advancement of Aboriginal Youth (FAAY)

        FAAY is a scholarship and bursary program dedicated to developing the
        next generation of aboriginal leaders. By encouraging youth to stay
        in school, FAAY bridges the gap between the reality aboriginal youth
        face in their communities and the opportunities available to those
        with higher education. Equity through Education has funded
        104 post-secondary scholarships and FAAY's endowment to date.

    -   The Jackie Robinson Foundation

        The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides education and leadership
        development opportunities for students of color with strong
        capabilities, but limited financial resources. Serving as an advocate
        for young people with the greatest need, the Foundation assists
        increasing numbers of minority youths through the granting of
        scholarships for higher education. Equity through Education provided
        funding for five JRF/BMO Scholars as well as for our internship
        placement program, in which nearly 100 Scholars participated in 2008.

    -   The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF)

        The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) is a nationally
        registered non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to
        deliver programs that provide the tools necessary for Aboriginal
        peoples especially youth to achieve brighter futures. Since 1985 the
        Foundation through its Education Program has awarded more than
        $27.7-million in scholarships and bursaries to more than
        7,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students nationwide. Equity
        Through Education funding will support NAAF's scholarship program.

    -   The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

        NEADS is a national organization that works to achieve full access to
        education for post-secondary students with disabilities across
        Canada. NEADS also supports the transition from school to the
        employment market for college and university graduates with
        disabilities. Equity through Education funds have supported
        11 scholarships and 16 training forums for students with disabilities
        across the country as they prepare to enter the job market.

    -   Pathways Canada

        A unique program first created and implemented in Toronto's Regent
        Park, Pathways Canada supports "at-risk", economically disadvantaged
        youth through high school and inspires them to move on to
        post-secondary programs. It operates in Ontario, Quebec and British
        Columbia. To date, Equity through Education has funded bursaries for
        158 Pathways students.

    -   YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities Network

        For 50 years, the YAI/NIPD Network has provided a place of hope for
        people with developmental and learning disabilities. Comprising seven
        not-for-profit, independent health and human service agencies, the
        YAI/NIPD Network serves 20,000 individuals of all ages, and their
        families in more than 450 community-based programs. Equity Through
        Education has helped more than 175 individuals with developmental and
        learning disabilities through employment training, and more than
        50 potential employers were educated in the abilities and
        qualifications of these committed job candidates.

    -   Youth in Motion's Top 20 Under 20 Program

        Youth in Motion's mission is to empower young Canadians to live their
        best lives. The Top 20 Under 20 Program is a year-long youth
        leadership and development training program designed to identify
        outstanding young Canadian leaders, further develop their skills and
        aptitudes, and focus and fuel their passions. Equity Through
        Education will support this ethnically and culturally diverse group
        of tomorrow's leaders with bursary funding.

    About BMO Capital Markets

    BMO Capital Markets is a leading full-service North American financial
services provider, with over 2,400 employees operating in 14 North American
offices and 26 worldwide, offering corporate, institutional and government
clients access to a complete range of investment and corporate banking
products and services. BMO Capital Markets is a member of BMO Financial Group
(NYSE, TSX: BMO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers
in North America with US$375 billion total assets and more than
37,000 employees as at July 31, 2008.

For further information:

For further information: Orli Namian, Toronto,,
(416) 867-3996; Lucie Gosselin, Montreal,, (514)
877-1101; Kevin Windorf, New York,, (212) 885-4111

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