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Media Advisory/ Interview Opportunity: BMO's David Jacobson, Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Available to Discuss Canada-U.S. Border Reopening

TORONTO, July 9, 2021 /CNW/ - Having been closed for more than a year, the Canada-U.S. border is now in the first stages of reopening with Canada relaxing travel restrictions for fully vaccinated residents on July 5.

David Jacobson, Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group and former U.S. Ambassador to Canada (2009-2013), is available to provide commentary on how Canada and the U.S. can work together to navigate the reopening.

Mr. Jacobson can provide insight into the following:

  • The 2011 Beyond the Border agreement and why the language of the arrangement is key to the efficient, safe and predictable reopening of the border in 2021
  • How implementing pre-clearance processes for travellers can alleviate pressure and delays at border crossings
  • Why the U.S. government should develop its own system, similar to Canada's ArriveCan app, so travellers can proactively do the clearance work before crossing
  • A past, present, and future look at Canada-U.S. relations

Prior to joining BMO in 2013, Mr. Jacobson served as the 22nd U.S. Ambassador to Canada. As Ambassador, he worked to expand the bilateral trading relationship between the U.S. and Canada, raising it to the highest level between any two countries in history.

About BMO Financial Group 
Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider - the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $950 billion as of April 30, 2021, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

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For further information: To arrange an interview with Mr. Jacobson, please contact: Natasha Boeck, Toronto,, (416) 867-3996