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BMO Named a Universum 2014 Top 100 Ideal Employer in Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 8, 2014) - BMO Financial Group has been named one of Universum's 2014 Top 100 Ideal Employers in Canada, based on a survey of nearly 30,000 Canadian university and college students. Universum is an international research, communications and strategic counselling company that surveys more than 700,000 university students worldwide each year to provide companies with valuable insights into how they are perceived in the student marketplace.

"In this competitive economic environment, we're proud that students recognize BMO as a great place to work, where we encourage every employee to make creative and innovative contributions to our business," said Lynn Roger, Chief Talent Officer, BMO Financial Group.

BMO invests in students through its student internship programs and new graduate hiring practices, which give them opportunities to apply their skills and develop new ones - from their very first day. They meet and network with BMO leaders and connect with more experienced employees who provide support, guidance and personalized learning about the bank. Many students are hired on as full-time BMO employees as a result of the experience and skills they develop as interns.

"We welcome employees with diverse perspectives and life experiences. The energy and enthusiasm students bring to the table help us think differently in a new and ever-changing global business environment - and we work hard to ensure our employees have opportunities to grow their careers with BMO and connect with the communities we serve," said Roger.

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services organization based in North America. The bank offers a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers. BMO Financial Group had total assets of $593 billion and more than 45,500 employees at January 31, 2014.

About Universum

Universum is the global leader in employer branding, providing end-to-end solutions to help attract, recruit and retain top talent. Founded in 1988, Universum gathers and analyses insights about the career expectations of 700,000 students and young professionals in 40 countries, and serves as a trusted partner to over 2,200 educational institutions and 1,200 clients globally, including many Fortune 500 companies. With its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Universum is a privately held company with offices in 12 countries.

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