Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - BMO Celebrates Grand Opening of its Sixth Branch in Booming Barrie, Ontario

    -   Chance for customers and friends to win great prizes and pick up
        great BMO giveaways
    -   Bullfrog powered branch represents an investment of $1.5 million
    -   Complementary BBQ, face painter and balloonist

    BARRIE, ON, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - BMO continues to support booming Barrie as it
celebrates the grand opening of its sixth branch in Barrie's south-end this
Thursday October 9 at 44 Mapleview Drive West. The 6,221 square foot branch
has a Nesbitt Burns Investment Advisor on site.
    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the branch asks that guests bring a
non-perishable food item to be donated to the Barrie Food Bank. The event will
include a complementary BBQ, official ribbon cutting ceremony, face painters,
balloonists and the chance to win great prizes.
    "Our customers have been requesting a branch in the south-end area for
quite some time. We look forward to meeting our neighbours and other members
of the community", said Kelly Hastings, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal.
"The approach we take with all of our customers is aimed at 'making money make
sense' and we are committed to providing the clarity customers need to make
sound financial decisions.
    "BMO is confident about the economic long-term growth of Barrie. The
Barrie Computer Centre is another example of BMO's commitment to the City of
Barrie. The state-of-the-art data centre provides a highly-efficient
processing infrastructure that supports BMO's operations worldwide."

    WHEN:  Thursday, October 9, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    WHERE: BMO Bank of Montreal
           44 Mapleview Drive West.
           Barrie, Ontario

    WHO:   Ontario Minister of Culture Aileen Carroll
           Barrie Ward 3 Councillor Rodney Jackson

    WHAT:  6:15 p.m. - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and photo opportunity
           6:30 p.m. - Kelly Hastings gives concluding remarks
           7:30 p.m. - Raffle prizes

    "To AIR MILES collectors in Barrie, we have another reason for you to
bank with BMO. Now you can collect AIR MILES reward miles whenever and
wherever you make purchases using your BMO Bank of Montreal debit card or
receive an exclusive 20 per cent discount on all flights offered by AIR MILES
using BMO's Gold Mosaik MasterCard" said Susan Brown, SVP Ontario Regional
Division, BMO Bank of Montreal. "We're unique in the marketplace; no other
bank can help you collect faster and redeem quicker. We are the only major
financial institution that rewards debit purchases with access to a
comprehensive choice of more than 800 AIR MILES reward and travel options."

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For further information: Media Contact: Kasia Lech Toronto,, (416) 867-3996

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