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BMO Investments Inc. Wins Prestigious Lipper Awards for Strong Performance

TORONTO, February 4, 2011 – BMO Guardian Asian Growth and Income Fund has received the 2011 Lipper Award for best fund over three and five years in the Asia Pacific Equity category, and BMO Guardian Global Technology Fund Classic received the 2011 Lipper award for best fund over one, five and ten years in the Science and Technology Equity category. The awards were presented to BMO at a gala ceremony in Toronto on Thursday evening.

The Lipper Fund Awards highlight funds that have excelled in delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers. Funds in 21 countries in Asia, Europe, and the Americas are eligible to win.

“BMO Guardian is honoured to receive these prestigious awards,” said Hugh McKee, Co-President of BMO Investments Inc. “Our focus has always been to provide our clients with investment products that will help them achieve their long-term investment goals while providing prudent risk management and this award is a testament to that focus.”

BMO Guardian Asian Growth and Income Fund provides investors with income and long-term growth through investment in a diversified portfolio of U.S. dollar-denominated convertible securities and higher yielding equity securities of Asian companies.

BMO Guardian Global Technology Fund provides investors with long-term capital gain by investing in leading technology companies around the world. It provides diversified exposure to the technology sector, investing in 50 to 60 companies that hold dominant positions within their industry.

“We select investment managers from around the globe that excel in their respective areas, bringing top investment talent to Canadian investors,” said Serge Pepin, Director of Investments at BMO Investments Inc. “This is particularly true in specialized areas such as Asia or Technology, and we are proud to receive this recognition as a validation of our efforts.”

About BMO Guardian Funds
BMO Guardian Funds is a diversified family of funds and includes a broad range of domestic and global investment options covering a full array of asset classes, sectors, regions and specialized mandates. BMO Guardian Funds are currently offered by BMO Investments Inc., which is a member of BMO Financial Group and part of the organization's Private Client Group.

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