BMO Opens New State-of-the-Art Branch in Thunder Bay, Ontario

    -  Branch represents investment of $2.7 million
    -  Extended hours, including Saturdays
    -  Branch team of 20 employees, including investment and wealth
       management professionals, ready to deliver an exceptional customer

    THUNDER BAY, ON, April 20 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal today officially
opened the new Harbour Crossing branch located at 859 Fort William Road in
Thunder Bay, relocating from its previous location in Victoriaville. The
branch features expanded services, longer hours and more staff to better serve
the community.
    "We are committed to making money make sense for every one of our
customers by bringing clarity to the complexities of money," said John
MacAulay, Vice-President, Manitoba and Northwest Ontario District, BMO Bank of
Montreal. "This commitment has never been more relevant than it is now given
today's economic realities."
    For greater convenience, the new Harbour Crossing branch features ample
free parking, two Instabank machines for everyday financial transactions, and
a drive-thru ABM. The ABMs are equipped with audio feature providing enhanced
functionality for visually impaired customers to independently manage their
financial affairs.

    The branch also offers longer hours and will operate from:
    Monday to Wednesday           9:30 a.m. to  5:00 p.m.
    Thursday                      9:30 a.m. to  7:00 p.m.
    Friday                        9:30 a.m. to  5:00 p.m.
    Saturday                      9:00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m.

    "This is a great time for first-time homebuyers to come in and talk to us
given the current low mortgage rates. We can help remove the complexity that
comes with such a purchase with the help of the BMO First Home Essentials kit,
designed specifically to meet their needs," said Greg Larsen, branch manager,
BMO Bank of Montreal.
    "Plus if you're one of the millions of AIR MILES collectors in Canada, we
have another reason for you to bank with BMO," said Larsen. "No other bank can
help you collect faster and redeem more quickly because we are the only major
financial institution that rewards debit and credit card purchases, including
online purchases, with access to a comprehensive choice of more than 800
reward and travel options."
    BMO is offering a $100 cash deposit to all new customers who invest a
minimum of $5,000 between June 1 and June 19, 2009.

    BMO in Thunder Bay

    Established in 1817 as Canada's first bank, BMO Bank of Montreal operates
four branches in Thunder Bay and a total of eight branches in Northwestern
Ontario. BMO provides supports various Thunder Bay institutions, including the
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, the George Jeffrey Children's
Foundation and United Way.

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