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BMO's Jeff Ellis One to Watch

Bank's Deputy General Counsel named 'Tomorrow's Leader' at Canadian General Counsel Awards



TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 14, 2012) - Jeffrey Ellis, Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, BMO Financial Group, took one of the top honours at the eighth annual Canadian General Counsel Awards held earlier this week at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. Mr. Ellis was named 'Tomorrow's Leader' for his superior legal capability and for demonstrating effective leadership on legal matters affecting the bank's business.

"Jeff is a leader in every sense of the word. He is well respected by his colleagues and peers, highly regarded within the legal community and consistently contributes to the success of the bank through his insightful counsel and effective stewardship," said Simon Fish, Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, BMO Financial Group.

The CGCA award program honours excellence in the In-House Counsel community. A panel of 20 senior partners from national law firms made the selection.

Mr. Ellis leads the in-house team that is responsible for legal matters pertaining to BMO Harris Bank's personal and commercial banking operations in the United States.

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