Media Advisory - BMO Financial Group Kicks Off 2009 United Way Campaign with
Celebrity Pancake Breakfast Today

Celebrities and BMO executives will flip and serve more than 12,000 pancakes for United Way

TORONTO, Nov. 17 /CNW/ - Get 'em while they're hot - pancakes served by well-known Canadian athletes, chefs and media personalities, that is.

BMO Financial Group is pleased to welcome to its main headquarters at First Canadian Place:

    - CP24 Breakfast's Matte Babel
    - Toronto FC Players Jim Brennan and Dwayne De Rosario
    - BNN-TV broadcaster Pat Bolland
    - National Post's Shinan Govani
    - Global TV's Susan Hay
    - CBC's Amanda Lang and Kevin O'Leary, co-hosts of newly launched The
      Lang and O'Leary Exchange
    - Toronto Star's Rita Trichur
    - The Globe and Mail's Andrew Willis

All will be on hand this morning to help kick off BMO's 19th annual United Way Campaign.

BMO is also very excited to welcome Jamie Kennedy, one of Toronto's most celebrated chefs, who will be cooking up some of his own personal batch of pancakes for lucky winners of a BMO employee contest.

Host of the event is Bill Downe, President and Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group, who is also Chair of the City of Toronto's 2009 United Way campaign.

Mr. Downe will be flipping pancakes tomorrow alongside Frances Lankin, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way Toronto.

In past years, the popular BMO event has been instrumental in setting the stage for raising millions of dollars for United Way.

Come for breakfast, support United Way and see the market in action!

    Event:    BMO Financial Group United Way Celebrity Pancake Breakfast
    Where:    First Canadian Place
              Main Floor Lobby
              100 King Street West
    When:     Tuesday, November 17, 2009
              8:00 - 9:30 a.m. EDT
    Other:    Television cameras and photographers are permitted. Please call
              (416) 867-3996 to register your attendance.

* A photo of the event will be available today on the Canada Newswire network.

SOURCE BMO Financial Group

For further information: For further information: Media Contacts: Kim Hanson, BMO Financial Group,, (416) 867-3996 or (647) 241-7944; Caitlin Stidwill, United Way Toronto,, (416) 777-1444 x 396

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