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BMO Congratulates Shawn Atleo on His Re-Election as National Chief of the AFN

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 19, 2012) - BMO Financial Group today congratulated Shawn A-in-chut Atleo after his re-election as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

"Shawn Atleo believes that uniting First Nations to work together will help overcome the divisions and challenges that First Nations people face in building healthy vibrant communities, creating sustainable economies, living in balance with the environment and participating fully in the Canadian economy," said Stephen Fay, Senior Manager, Aboriginal Banking, BMO Financial Group.

"At BMO, we strongly support these goals. That's why we continually work with Aboriginal communities, businesses and individuals in a number of ways - we believe this is the best possible foundation for financial growth, success and prosperity. We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue working with Aboriginal peoples across the country to achieve these important goals," concluded Mr. Fay.

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.

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