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Bank of Montreal Notice of Annual Meeting and Proxy Circular Available Online

Bank of Montreal's (TSX, NYSE: BMO) Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders and Proxy Circular was mailed to shareholders today and is now available online at   The notice and proxy circular have also been filed on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) website at and on the United States Securities and Exchange website at

BMO Financial Group will hold its 188th Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday, March 2, 2006.  The meeting will take place in Exhibition Hall E, North Building, at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre, 136 Eighth Avenue, S.E., at 9:30 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (11:30 a.m. EST).

The annual meeting will coincide with the release of BMO Financial Group's first quarter results for the period of November 1, 2005 to January 31, 2006.

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified North American financial services organization.  With total assets of $297 billion as at October 31, 2005, and more than 33,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions.  BMO Financial Group serves clients across Canada through its Canadian retail arm, BMO Bank of Montreal, and through BMO Nesbitt Burns, one of Canada's leading full-service investment firms.  In the United States, BMO serves clients through Chicago-based Harris, an integrated financial services organization that provides more than 1 million personal, business, corporate and institutional clients with banking, lending, investing, financial planning, trust administration, portfolio management, family office and wealth transfer services.

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