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Media Advisory: BMO Capital Markets to Donate One Day's Worth of Institutional Equity Trading Commissions to North American Charities

More than $11 million has been raised through the program since 2005



TORONTO and NEW YORK, October 2, 2012 – BMO Capital Markets, the investment & corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (TSX, NYSE: BMO) will once again be hosting its Equity Through Education trading day on October 3, 2012.

For the eighth consecutive year, BMO Capital Markets will donate the institutional equity trading commissions earned in the U.S. and Canada during the course of the day to eight charitable organizations that seek to improve access to education through scholarships, bursaries, mentoring programs and job search strategy forums.

The program has raised more than $11 million since it was established in 2005 and assisted more than 2,500 individuals.

This year, the proceeds from the BMO Capital Markets Equity Through Education trading day will go to the following eight North American charities:

About BMO Capital Markets Equity Through Education Program
Equity Through Education is a charitable initiative aimed at creating a more diverse workplace by offering support to help people realize their educational ambitions by providing those individuals with opportunities they might not otherwise have. To learn more about Equity Through Education visit: http://www.bmocm.com/equitythrougheducation.

Media Contacts:
Alexis Brown, Toronto
(416) 867-3996
alexis.brown@bmo.com

Martha McInnis, New York
(212) 702-1992
martha.mcinnis@bmo.com