BMO is Making Money Make Sense in Nine Languages at New Branch in The Meadows, Edmonton

    -  BMO Bank of Montreal expands in The Meadows area of Edmonton - a
       rapidly growing marketplace of residential and commercial development
    -  Branch powered by clean energy from Bullfrog Power, representing a
       total investment of $1.7 million
    -  Convenient banking hours - open Monday to Saturday

    EDMONTON, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal today opened a new branch
in The Meadows area of Edmonton at 2304 24th Street NW. This growing
residential and commercial area, south of Whitemud Drive and east of 34th
Street, is home to a diverse ethnic population. Matching employees to client
needs, nine languages will be offered at The Meadows branch: English, German,
Konkani, Gujarati, Hindi, Cantonese, Spanish, Urdu and Punjabi.
    This brings the total number of full service branches in the Edmonton
area to 26 and the number of branches in Alberta that receive clean, renewable
electricity from Bullfrog Power to 23.
    "BMO continues to update our older branches in well established markets
while opening new branches in other growth marketplaces," said Lynda Taylor,
Vice President, Edmonton District, BMO Bank of Montreal. "The new branch in
The Meadows is taking a new approach to banking that consists of a series of
simple steps that can make a big difference in how customers manage and save
money - today."
    "We are committed to making money make sense for every one of the 60,000
individuals and families within the diverse cultural and economic community of
The Meadows," said Dave Cross, Personal Banking Area Manager, BMO Bank of
Montreal. "We have a dedicated team of 12 financial professionals, including a
financial planner and mortgage specialist, who are motivated to deliver
exceptional customer service," added Mr. Cross.
    BMO's new branches in Edmonton are part of a green energy initiative in
Alberta, B.C. and Ontario. BMO Financial Group is committed to purchase over
8,300 megawatt hours of emission free electricity annually from Bullfrog Power
- generated from clean, renewable sources like wind power and low-impact
    For added convenience, the new branch features two ABMs for everyday
financial transactions including a full-service drive-thru ABM, as well as
ample free parking for customers.

    Branch hours of operation are:
    Monday to Wednesday 9:30am - 4:00pm
    Thursday & Friday 9:30am - 7:00pm
    Saturday 9:30am - 4:00pm

    The grand opening celebration for BMO's The Meadows branch is set for
Saturday, September 19.

    BMO's Corporate Responsibility in Edmonton

    BMO Bank of Montreal has played an active role in the Edmonton community
since 1903. BMO annually provides over $300,000 in sponsorships and donations
in the Edmonton area as part of our goal to make the communities where we live
and work strong and healthy. The Bank donates to numerous local charitable
organizations each year including: The United Way Alberta Capital Region,
Concordia College, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Grant McEwan
Community College and the Royal Alexandra & Lois Hole Hospitals.

    AIR MILES MasterCard

    On August 3, BMO introduced significant enhancements to its suite of
credit card products that deliver lower costs and more rewards and make it
easier for customers to choose a credit card that suits their needs. They
include: a new No-Fee BMO AIR MILES MasterCard that eliminates the $35 annual
fee and doubles the earned rewards; enhanced benefits of the BMO Gold AIR
MILES MasterCard; and a new BMO Preferred Rate MasterCard with a 17.5 per cent
interest rate, which is lower than most no-fee cards in the market today.

For further information:

For further information: For news media inquiries, please contact: Dean
Bauer, Branch Manager, The Meadows, BMO Bank of Montreal, (780) 822-6478

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