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Media Advisory: Calgary Stampede and BMO round up 100 years of history with salute to Alberta's farm families


CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 5, 2012) - The Calgary Stampede and BMO Bank of Montreal celebrate 100 years of history together this Centennial year, with the presentation of the annual BMO Farm Family Awards. Twenty outstanding southern Alberta families will be honoured for their dedication to rural life and provincial economic growth on Monday, July 9 at Stampede Park.

Join Mike Casey, president and chairman of the board, Calgary Stampede, the Hon. Verlyn Olson, QC, MLA, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Bill Hogg, vice-president Alberta/NWT commercial district, BMO Bank of Montreal to celebrate these families and their contribution to Alberta's agriculture industry.

The Alberta Agricultural Service Board selects the BMO Farm Family Award recipients based on their contribution to the community and their own farming expertise. The awards recognize families who take an innovative approach to growing their business in the agriculture industry, and at the same time demonstrate a commitment to traditional western values.

WHAT: Presentation of the BMO Farm Family Awards
WHO: Hon. Verlyn Olson, QC, MLA, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Mike Casey, President and Chairman of the Board, Calgary Stampede
Bill Hogg, Vice-President, Alberta/NWT Commercial District, BMO Bank of Montreal
WHEN: Monday, July 9, 2012 - 10 a.m.
WHERE: Palomino Room, BMO Centre, Stampede Park

The Calgary Stampede is a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. The Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through its world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities. For more about the Stampede, visit www.calgarystampede.com.

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 $525 billion as at April 30, 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.

Lauren Webb
Media Relations Coordinator
403.261.0277
C 587.436.6366
lwebb@calgarystampede.com

Laurie Grant
BMO Media Relations
604.665.7596
C 604.318.0735
laurie.grant@bmo.com

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