Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Toronto FC and Local Under-7 Soccer Team Kick Off Grand Opening of BMO Branch in Richmond Hill

    -   Toronto FC Players will pose for photos and sign autographs with
    -   BMO will announce sponsorship of a local soccer team
    -   New branch fuelled by clean energy from Bullfrog Power
    -   Complimentary barbeque and family activities for customers, friends
        and neighbours

    RICHMOND HILL, ON, June 18 /CNW/ - Toronto FC players and a local under-7
soccer team will kick off the grand opening of BMO Bank of Montreal's newest
eco-friendly branch in Richmond Hill. BMO invites customers, friends and
neighbours to join in.
    The branch originally opened on February 11, 2008, offering a range of
financial services from 20 knowledgeable staff members in eight languages,
including English, Romanian, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Arabic, Italian, Cantonese
and Farsi.
    "We are committed to providing every one of our customers with the best
banking experience possible," said Troy Philips, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of
Montreal. "Our customers can be sure they'll be met by a knowledgeable
professional who will help them understand our products and services, so they
can confidently choose a financial solution that fits their personal needs,"
added Mr. Philips.
    The festivities, which will take place on the branch premises, located at
11680 Yonge St., on Thursday, June 19, 2008, include face painting, a balloon
artist, a complimentary barbeque and chances to win Toronto FC memorabilia.
    In keeping with the event's soccer theme, branch manager Troy Phillips
will also be announcing BMO Bank of Montreal's sponsorship of an under-7 local
soccer team.

    WHEN:        Thursday, June 19th, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    WHERE:       BMO Bank of Montreal
                 11680 Yonge St.

    WHAT:        Opening ceremony: 5:00 p.m.
                 Speeches and ribbon cutting

                 BBQ: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

                 Toronto F.C. autograph signing: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    WHO:         Toronto FC Players
                 Troy Phillips, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal
                 Brenda Hogg, Deputy Mayor and Regional & Local Councillor
                 Lynn Foster, Councillor
                 BMO employees and customers

    "Also to the AIR MILES collectors in the Richmond Hill region, we have
another reason for you to bank with BMO. Now our customers can collect AIR
MILES reward miles whenever and wherever they make purchases using their BMO
Bank of Montreal debit card," said Lesly Tayles, BMO Area Manager for York
Region South. "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," added Ms. Tayles.
    In March, BMO teamed up with Shell Canada to offer a Premium CashBack
reward option that provides customers with 3% cash back on all card purchases
at Shell stations in Canada and 1% cash back on all other purchases.
    As part of a three month introductory offer, drivers can save 5 per cent
on all Shell purchases when they apply and obtain a BMO card through Shell
stations across Canada or

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For further information: Media Contact: Kasia Lech,,
(416) 867-3915

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