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REPEAT/MEDIA ADVISORY: BMO Bank of Montreal Celebrates Grand Opening of Major Mackenzie & Markland Branch

- New BMO branch represents a $1.5 million investment in the community

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/27/13 --

Editors Note: There are three photos associated with this press release.

BMO Bank of Montreal invites customers and members of the community to celebrate the grand opening of its new full-service banking branch in Markham - BMO's eighth branch in the city - located at 710 Markland Street. The celebration will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

The Major Mackenzie & Markland branch offers customers extended banking hours and is designed to provide a great banking experience through a variety of financial services and conveniences, including:


--  Two ATMs; 
--  Services provided in 11 different languages; 
--  Access to commercial account and deposit services - including a 24 hour
    depository for small business after-hours use; and 
--  Barrier-free access. 

"Markham is an important and fast-growing part of the GTA - the heart of the Canadian economy and home to a diverse range of Fortune 500 businesses," said Robert Kavcic, Senior Economist, BMO Capital Markets. "Markham has seen its population more than double since 1990."

"We are committed to meeting the constantly evolving needs of our customers and offering them a broad range of banking and specialized financial services," said Gagan Bhurjee, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal. "At our new branch, the extended banking hours make it easier for customers to come in and speak with our team about all of their financial needs."

As part of the grand opening celebration, the BMO ice cream truck will be driving around in select neighbourhoods handing out free ice cream on April 26 and April 27. Those who take a picture with the truck and upload it to BMO's Facebook page will receive a free gift when they attend the grand opening celebration. The best image will be featured in the branch. Follow #BMOtruck with @BMO for route updates all day long!

In addition, customers who open a new BMO Kids Discounted Banking Plan and deposit $25 between April 27 and May 31, 2013 will receive another $25 from BMO to help kick-start their child's savings. For more information, please visit the branch.

The new branch's extended hours of operation are:


--  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Wednesday; 
--  9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 
--  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday.  

Grand Opening Details:


Who:    His Worship Frank Scarpitti, Mayor, City of Markham                 
`       Paul Calandra, MP (Oak Ridges - Markham)                            
        Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP (Oak Ridges - Markham)                       
        Andrew Auerbach, Senior Vice President, BMO Bank of Montreal        
        Lily Capriotti, Vice President, BMO Bank of Montreal                
        Carol D'Avolio, Personal Banking Area Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal 
        Gagan Bhurjee, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal                 
                                                                            
What:   Grand Opening Celebration - Major Mackenzie & Markland              
        - Complimentary food, beverages and live entertainment              
        - Official ribbon-cutting ceremony and photo opportunities          
        - Great giveaways and a raffle draw                                 
        - Family-fun activities, including face painting, balloon twister   
        and BMO the Bear                                                    
                                                                            
When:   Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.              
        - Formal speeches and ribbon-cutting ceremony to commence at noon   
                                                                            
Where:  BMO Bank of Montreal - 710 Markland Street, Markham, ON             

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 $542 billion as at January 31, 2013, and more than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions.

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