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Media Advisory: It's the Grand Opening of BMO Bank of Montreal's New Chinook Branch during the Calgary Stampede

- BMO to host a complimentary barbecue at Chinook branch to celebrate 100 year partnership as official bank of the Calgary Stampede

- In 1912, BMO had 12 branches in Alberta, with three in Calgary; today there are 100 branches in the province and 30 in Calgary

- Newly relocated BMO branch represents a $4.5 million investment into the community

- Offering customers extended banking hours, including Saturdays and Sundays



CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2012) - BMO Bank of Montreal invites customers and members of the community to celebrate the grand opening of its new full-service Chinook branch in Calgary tomorrow, Saturday, July 14, 2012. The relocated branch is now at 65th Avenue and Macleod Trail Southwest.

"We're excited to be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede," said Mike Suzuki, vice-president, Alberta South, BMO Bank of Montreal. "The bank's ties to the Calgary Stampede are long and remarkable. We've been the banker to the Calgary Exhibition since 1899 when lands were christened at Victoria Park. And BMO continued as the official banker in 1912 when the first rodeo took place and it became the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede."

The new open-concept Chinook branch offers customers extended banking hours seven days a week and is designed to provide a great banking experience through a variety of financial services and conveniences:

  • A coin counter - a simple-to-use kiosk which counts your loose change;
  • Services provided in seven languages: English, Tagalong, Mandarin, Spanish, Urdu, Punjabi and Vietnamese
  • Access to commercial account and deposit services;
  • Total of three ATMs; and
  • Barrier-free access.

"We are committed to providing every one of our customers with the best banking experience at our new location," said Teri Savoie, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal. "Our customers can be sure they will be met by a knowledgeable professional who will help them make sense of money matters, so they can confidently make the right decisions with their money."

Grand Opening Details:

Who: The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs and MP for Calgary - Nose Hill
Manu Sarin, Personal Banking Area Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal
Teri Savoie, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal
Michael Evans, President, Atlas Development
What: Grand Opening Celebration - Chinook Branch
Great giveaways and a raffle draw with the chance to win an Apple iPad 3
Formal celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony
Family-fun activities including face painting, kids crafts, a balloon twister, photo opportunities with BMO the Bear and a complimentary BBQ
When: Saturday, July 14, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Speeches and ribbon-cutting will commence at noon
Where: BMO Bank of Montreal, 6550 MacLeod Trail SW, Calgary

Celebrate 100 years with 1,000 reward miles. Sign up for a BMO® Calgary Stampede Gold AIR MILES®† MasterCard®* before August 31, 2012 and earn 1,000 Bonus AIR MILES reward miles with your first purchase.

In addition, customers who use BMO's free Coin Counter at the newly relocated Chinook branch and deposit the funds into a new Premium Rate Savings Account between July 3 and August 15, 2012 will receive a matched deposit from BMO of up to $25 to kick-start your savings.

BMO's Chinook branch extended hours of operation, which now include Saturdays and Sundays, 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 $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.

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