BMO to Donate more than $75,000 to Local Organizations to Celebrate Branch Grand Opening

    Former Leaf Captain Wendel Clark comes to Wayne Gretzky Parkway and Henry

    BRANTFORD, ON, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal is donating more
than $75,000 to local organizations to celebrate the grand opening of its new
full-service branch in Brantford, Ontario. The donation will help fund an MRI
machine at the Brantford General Hospital and help to build a new
state-of-the-art three-storey cultural centre in North Paris located in Brant
County. The cultural centre will provide residents with a place to come
together and enjoy arts, theatre, workshops and other community events.
    The donations will also support the Brantford Symphony Orchestra and
United Way of Brant.
    In addition to BMO's donation, employees will donate toward the MRI
campaign through BMO's Employee Charitable Foundation on behalf of a colleague
who recently passed away from cancer.
    BMO will present individual cheques to the organizations at the grand
opening celebration.

    WHEN:     Saturday, September 29, 2007 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    WHERE:    BMO Bank of Montreal
              195 Henry Street at Wayne Gretzky Parkway

    WHAT:     Opening ceremony: 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
              Speeches and ribbon cutting

              Wendel Clark autograph signing: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

              BBQ: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

              Giveaways including Maple Leaf jerseys

    WHO:      Wendel Clark, Former Captain, Toronto Maple Leafs
              Dave Levac, MPP Brant
              Susan Brown, Senior VP, BMO Bank of Montreal, Ontario Region
              BMO Bank of Montreal employees and customers

    "This grand opening and the various donations provide a wonderful
opportunity to welcome customers to their new branch, meet neighbours and to
show our appreciation and support for the organizations that mean so much to
the well-being of our community," said Angela Geerdinck, Branch Manager, BMO
Bank of Montreal.
    "Customers of the Henry Street branch will be welcomed from Monday to
Saturday by 25 experienced financial services professionals and investment
specialists who can provide clear financial advice and solutions to help them
make the right decisions with their money."


    -  Opened September 10, 2007

    -  Located at 195 Henry Street at Wayne Gretzky Parkway, Brantford

    -  Represents an investment of: $1.28 million

    -  Size: 8,000 square feet

    -  Staff: 25 financial services professionals

    -  Services: A variety of commercial and personal banking services and
       financial planning services

    -  Three Instabank Extra automated banking machines (ABMs), including a
       drive-through ABM.

    -  Hours of operation:
       -  9:00 am to 5:00 pm - Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays;
       -  9:00 am to 7:00 pm - Thursdays and Fridays;
       -  9:00 am to 3:00 pm - Saturdays.

    BMO Bank of Montreal operates three branches in Brantford.

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For further information: Media Contact: Shivani Ahluwalia, Toronto,, (416) 867-3996

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