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Media Advisory: BMO Bank of Montreal Celebrates Grand Opening of McKenzie Towne Branch in Calgary

- New BMO branch represents a $1 million investment into the community

- 'Making Money Make Sense' in nine different languages

- Offering customers extended banking hours; seven days a week

- BMO Economics forecasts 120,000 new jobs to be created in Calgary and Edmonton over the next four years



CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 6, 2012) - BMO Bank of Montreal invites customers and members of the community to celebrate the grand opening of its newly McKenzie Towne branch at 4 High Street SE in Calgary on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

The larger branch offers customers extended banking hours six days a week, and is designed to provide a great banking experience through a broad variety of financial services and conveniences, including:

  • A coin counter;
  • Services provided in nine different languages;
  • Access to commercial account and deposit services;
  • Two ATMs; and
  • Barrier-free access.

Fuelled by rising oil production, Alberta will lead Canada in economic growth this year, according to a report from BMO Capital Markets Economics. "Employment in Calgary and Edmonton is expected to strengthen through 2016 with the addition of 120,000 new jobs. We anticipate that the jobless rate will be below four per cent - back to pre-recession levels," said Robert Kavcic, Economist, BMO Capital Markets.

"Our commercial clients are confident and making important investments in new equipment, expanding their operations and hiring people," said Chantelle Pimentel, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal. "We encourage businesses in Calgary and all of Alberta to get their share of the $10 billion in credit BMO has made available, giving them access to the capital they need to grow."

Grand Opening Details:

Who: Numa Kwan, Personal Banking Area Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal;
Chantelle Pimentel, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal
What: Grand Opening Celebration - McKenzie Towne Branch
Formal celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony with special guests
Complimentary barbecue and entertainment
Crafts for the kids, a face painter and BMO the Bear
Great giveaways and a raffle draw with the chance to enter to win a $1,000 BMO Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC)
When: Saturday, September 8, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Speeches and ribbon-cutting will commence at 12:00 noon
Where: BMO Bank of Montreal, 4 High Street SE in Calgary
BMO's McKenzie Towne branch extended hours of operation are:
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Wednesday;
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday;
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; and
12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Sunday.

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly-diversified North American financial services organization. With total assets of $542 billion as at July 31, 2012, and more than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions.

Media Contact:
Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596
laurie.grant@bmo.com
Internet: www.bmo.com
Twitter: @BMOmedia