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Media Advisory: BMO Bank of Montreal Celebrates Grand Opening of West Springs Branch in Calgary

- New BMO branch represents a $1.7 million investment into the community

- BMO offers customers extended banking hours, including Saturdays and Sundays

- 'Making Money Make Sense' in six different languages

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

- Donation of $5 for each account opening to the CJAY 92 Kid's Fund in two-week period



CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2012) - BMO Bank of Montreal invites customers and members of the community to celebrate the grand opening of its West Springs branch at 4000 - 8561 8A Avenue SW in Calgary on Sunday, September 9, 2012.

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

  • Services provided in six different languages;
  • Access to commercial account and deposit services;
  • Safety deposit boxes;
  • Two ATMs - including a drive-thru ATM; 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 Jerilyn Huminuk, 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."

"And from August 25 to September 9, we will donate $5.00 for each account that is opened to the CJAY 92 Kid's Fund which assists less fortunate families and their children in the Calgary area," added Ms. Huminuk.

Grand Opening Details:

Who: Mike Suzuki, Vice President, Alberta South District, BMO Bank of Montreal;
Jerilyn Huminuk, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal;
Michelle Mobarrez, Personal Banking Area Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal.
What: Grand Opening Celebration - West Springs Branch
• Formal celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony with special guests
• Complimentary barbecue and entertainment
• A roaming magician, face painter, balloon twister 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: Sunday, September 9, 2012, from 12:00 noon. - 3:00 p.m.
• Speeches and ribbon-cutting will commence at 1:30 p.m.
Where: BMO Bank of Montreal, at 4000 - 8561 8A Avenue SW in Calgary
BMO's new West Springs 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