Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - BMO Celebrates Grand Opening of First Branch in Okotoks

    -  Special appearance and autograph session with Calgary Flame alumni,
       Theoren Fleury
    -  Mayor Bill McAlpine to officiate at ribbon-cutting ceremony
    -  Fun family celebration includes face painters, balloon artists, a
       complimentary BBQ & prizes including piggy banks for the kids
    -  Visitors can win 25 to 1,000 AIR MILES reward miles coupons

    OKOTOKS, AB, July 15 /CNW/ - On Saturday, July 19, BMO Bank of Montreal
will celebrate the grand opening of its new Okotoks branch at 401 - 200
Southridge Drive.
    The branch is inviting members of the community and new and existing
clients to enjoy a fun-filled, family day. The day will include a special
appearance and autograph session by Calgary Flame alumni Theoren Fleury, an
official ribbon cutting ceremony, face painters, balloonists, and a
complimentary BBQ with hamburgers and hotdogs supplied by Hirsche Fraser
Meats. Guests will also have the chance to enter a draw for great Calgary
Flames prizes and AIR MILES reward miles.
    "We are especially pleased to have made this investment in Okotoks and
look forward to meeting current and new customers," said Dave Sprague, Vice
President, Calgary District, BMO Bank of Montreal. "Our goal is to provide our
customers with exceptional service and a positive banking experience each and
every time they walk through our doors," added Mr. Sprague.


    WHEN:      Saturday, July 19, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    WHAT:      Opening ceremony with speeches and ribbon cutting: 12:00 noon

    WHERE:     BMO Bank of Montreal, 401 - 200 Southridge Drive, Okotoks

    WHO:       His Worship Bill McAlpine, Mayor of Okotoks
               Ted McCarron, Senior Vice President, Prairies Division, BMO
                Bank of Montreal
               Dave Sprague, Vice President, Calgary District, BMO Bank of
               Sean Bjorklund, Personal Banking Area Manager, BMO Bank of
               Dave Drok, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal

    The Okotoks branch's hours of operation are:
    9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays;
    10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays;

    "Now our customers can collect AIR MILES reward miles whenever and
wherever they make purchases using their BMO Bank of Montreal debit card,
giving customers another reason to bank with BMO," said Dave Drok, Branch
Manager, Okotoks, BMO Bank of Montreal. "No other bank can help you collect
faster and redeem quicker and we are the only major financial institution that
rewards debit, credit and online purchases with access to a comprehensive
choice of more than 800 reward and travel options."
    BMO Bank of Montreal recently re-launched its Mosaik Gold AIR MILES
Reward Option, providing cardholders an exclusive 20 per cent discount on all
AIR MILES flight redemptions on any of the AIR MILES Reward Program's
extensive roster of 11 airline reward partners.

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For further information: Media Contact: Laurie Grant, (604) 665-7596,, Internet:

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