|By Marketwired .||
|October 17, 2013 05:00 PM EDT||
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 10/17/13 -- At an event in Ottawa today, BMO Bank of Montreal President and CEO Frank Techar joined Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff, General T.J. Lawson, to celebrate BMO's role as the Official Bank of the Canadian Defence Community.
BMO Bank of Montreal works in partnership with Canadian Defence Community Banking (CDCB) to offer products and services specifically designed to meet the needs of military members, families and veterans. The program saves members of the Defence Community approximately $1 million in banking fees every year.
"Everyone at BMO is enormously proud of our role as the Official Bank of the Canadian Defence Community," said Mr. Techar. "Members of the military, their families and our veterans deserve the honour and respect that Canadians across the country provide them every day, and our banking services program represents our way of giving thanks for their service and patriotism. We look forward to serving these exceptional men and women for years to come."
"The Canadian Armed Forces has enjoyed a strong and productive partnership with BMO Bank of Montreal for the past five years," said General Lawson. "This gathering today signifies a re-commitment to this relationship. The personal presence of Mr. Techar and so many of his team signifies to me how serious and committed the BMO Bank of Montreal is. I offer my most sincere appreciation for this great collaboration which is making a difference for our community."
The event in Ottawa, organized by BMO, featured a presentation by financial author and expert David Chilton, who gave advice and suggestions geared towards the particular needs of members of the Canadian Forces and their families.
About BMO and the Canadian Defence Community
BMO has a long history of supporting national defence efforts. During the First World War, BMO established temporary branches to pay troops at various encampments throughout Canada, and overseas Canadian men and women in uniform were paid through the bank's Waterloo Place office in London. During the Second World War, BMO's president George Spinney headed the National War Finance Committee, which oversaw the sales of Victory Loan bonds. During the post war years when Canada had forces stationed in Europe, Bank of Montreal branches on the bases provided banking services for Canadian servicemen and -women and their families.
BMO Bank of Montreal is the official bank of the Defence Community in partnership with Canadian Defence Community Banking (CDCB). CDCB is specifically designed for the Defence Community and offers cost-effective banking plans with unique features tailored to the military lifestyle and needs.
For more information, visit http://www.bmo.com/cdcb.
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