Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - BMO Expands in Scarborough: BMO the Bear to Join in Chinese Lion Dance at Celebration

    - Branch re-opens after renovation, and is now more than double its size,
      with more investment professionals and more private offices to deliver
      an exceptional customer experience
    - Bullfrog powered branch also features Feng Shui indoor waterfall
    - Branch team is making money make sense in several languages including
      Mandarin and Cantonese

    SCARBOROUGH, ON, April 16 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal has more than
doubled the size of its branch located at 2301 Brimley Road in the Chartwell
Shopping Centre. Friends, customers and neighbours are invited to celebrate
its re-opening on Saturday, April 18, 2009.
    "We are here for our new and existing customers in an even bigger way to
provide personal financial advice that is relevant in our current economic
environment," said Edward Wong, BMO Branch Manager. "This branch is ready to
accommodate our growing number of customers, with more staff and partners such
as BMO Harris Private Banking, BMO Nesbitt Burns and BMO Investorline."

    WHAT:  Branch Re-Opening Celebration
           - Speech and ribbon-cutting
           - Traditional Chinese Lion Dance performance
           - Prizes and giveaways
           - Lunch and refreshments
    WHERE: BMO Bank of Montreal
           2301 Brimley Road, Scarborough
    WHEN:  Saturday April 18, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    "Scarborough is an important part of the Toronto economy, which continues
to see sturdy population growth thanks to its popularity as a location for new
Canadians," said Michael Gregory, Senior Economist, BMO Capital Markets.
    "To AIR MILES collectors in Scarborough, we have another reason for you
to bank with BMO, the only major financial institution that rewards both debit
and credit card purchases with access to a comprehensive choice of more than
800 AIR MILES reward and travel options," said Vivien Yung, Personal Area
Banking Manager BMO Bank of Montreal."
    As of April 1, 2009, all BMO ABMs are equipped with audio function for
the visually impaired. The audio ABMs give customers the ability to hear
private voice instructions when conducting an ABM transaction using audio
headphones and the key pad. This new feature provides greater accessibility to
self-service banking and gives security to customers affected by vision loss.


    BMO has shown its continuous support to the Scarborough community by
being a strong supporter of the Yee Hong Foundation for the past 15 years. BMO
sponsored the Dragon Ball in 2009, and a supporter of the Greater Toronto
Chinese Cultural Centre. There are six branches in the area with eight ABMs to
serve customers.

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