/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Rain or Shine - BMO Celebrates Grand Opening of New Branch in the Village at Church and Alexander/

    New branch represents an investment of $1.2 million

    -   First BMO branch in Ontario that is open seven days a week
    -   Branch is powered by emission-free electricity from Bullfrog Power
    -   Donation to Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal Foundation
    -   Performance by Sofonda
    -   BBQ and prizes include gift certificates from neighbouring merchants

    TORONTO, July 18 /CNW/ - The first BMO Bank of Montreal branch in Ontario
that is open seven days a week will celebrate its grand opening in the Village
 at Church and Alexander on Sunday, July 20.
    "Our employees represent the vibrant community of the Church and
Wellesley area as we at BMO draw our strength from the diversity of our people
and our businesses," said Moira Klein-Swormink, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of
Montreal. "We are pleased to offer the community an experienced team of
experts - including financial services managers, personal and commercial
professionals, a financial planner and a BMO Nesbitt Burns investment

    WHEN:  Sunday, July 20, 2008 from noon - 4:00 p.m.

    WHERE: BMO Bank of Montreal, 492 Church Street (at corner of
           Alexander Street)

    WHAT:  BBQ: noon - 4:00 p.m.
           Speeches and ribbon cutting: 1:00 p.m.
           Performance by Sofonda: 2:30 p.m.

    WHO:   Kyle Rae, City Councillor, Toronto
           Phillip Wong, Executive Director, LGCA Foundation
           Nada Ristich, Corporate Donations, BMO Financial Group
           Alex Dousmanis-Curtis, Senior Vice-President, GTA, BMO Bank of
           Lily Capriotti, District Vice-President, GTA Central, BMO Bank of
           Moira Klein-Swormink, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal

    "BMO is embedded in the community supporting a large variety of groups
that enhance the lives of those in this neighbourhood," said Nada Ristich,
Senior Manager, Corporate Donations, BMO Financial Group. "We have a
long-standing commitment of supporting groups that enhance the health and
well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS, working with groups such as Fife
House. BMO is also committed to building a supportive environment, working
with outstanding groups such as 519 Church Street Community Centre."
    BMO, with the volunteer support of employees, has been a long-standing
supporter and sponsor of:

    -   519 Church Street Community Centre - $175,000 Capital Campaign Gift
    -   Pride and Remembrance Association - Title Sponsor of the Pride Run
    -   Buddies in Bad Times Theatre - Lead Corporate Sponsor
    -   Fife House - 2008 "Spotlight" event title sponsor
    -   Casey House - 20th Anniversary Gala sponsor
    -   Aids Committee of Toronto and Fashion Cares

    To mark the grand opening celebration, the BMO Employee Charitable
Foundation will make a $4,200 donation to the Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal
(LGCA) Foundation, which provides funding for education, health, human rights,
arts and culture.
    "We extend our thanks and appreciation to the LGCA Foundation for the
much-needed programs and projects it supports," said Alex Dousmanis-Curtis,
SVP, Greater Toronto Area Division, BMO Bank of Montreal. "We are excited to
provide all our customers with unique offerings such as AIR MILES - we're the
only bank that offers AIR MILES reward miles through debit, credit and online

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Kasia Lech, kasia.lech@bmo.com,
(416) 867-3996

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