It's an Alberta first as ATB Financial celebrates innovative new branch and partnership at SAIT Polytechnic

    EDMONTON, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - ATB Financial celebrated the grand opening
Tuesday of its new SAIT Polytechnic location, the first branch opened by a
major financial institution on an Alberta post-secondary campus.
    The branch - ATB's 162nd in Alberta - features a bold, student-friendly
design and offers a full range of financial services to SAIT's students and
    ATB also revealed details Tuesday about its unique new partnership with
SAIT. The largest Alberta-based financial institution pledged to invest
$25,000 in the SAIT community over the next five years, through an innovative
combination of scholarships and sponsorships.
    It also committed to a range of on-campus priorities, including finding
employment opportunities for SAIT students, providing promotional and
volunteer help for SAIT's role in hosting the WorldSkills Calgary 2009
competition, and hosting seminars on topics that will help students, including
managing finances.
    "We want to be much more than 'the bank' on the corner of SAIT's campus,"
said Dave Mowat, ATB's President and CEO.
    "We want to be a big part of the SAIT community, a big part of the lives
of its students and staff. That's what the new branch design and the new
partnership is all about."

    ATB Financial, with assets of $24.5 billion, provides Retail Financial
Services, Investor Services, and Corporate Financial Services to more than
660,000 Albertans in 244 communities. It provides service through 162 branches
and 133 agencies, telephone and Internet banking, a Customer Contact Centre,
and Automated Banking Machines. ATB Financial was established in 1938 and has
been a provincial Crown corporation since 1997.

For further information:

For further information: Shawn Ohler, Director of Media Relations, ATB
Financial, Office: (780) 408-6529, Cell: (780) 913-8905, E-mail:

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