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MEDIA ADVISORY: BMO Farm Families to Receive Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Alberta's Agricultural Sector

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/04/14 -- Twenty Albertan families will be honoured for their unyielding dedication to rural life at the Calgary Stampede this year. The BMO Farm Family Awards will follow a special breakfast, hosted by BMO, and will take place at the BMO Centre on Stampede Park.

This year will mark the 19th Annual BMO Farm Family Award presentation at the Calgary Stampede, celebrating families who take an innovative approach to growing their business, demonstrate a commitment to traditional western values and maintain an exceptional standard of sustainability.


WHAT:   Presentation of the BMO Farm Family Awards at the Calgary Stampede

WHO:    Hon. Verlyn Olson, QC, MLA, Minister of Agriculture and Rural
        Development
        Bob Thompson, president and chairman of the board, Calgary Stampede
        Mike Darling, regional vice president, Southern Alberta commercial
        district, BMO Bank of Montreal
        Andrew Bowman, national director, agriculture, BMO Bank of Montreal

WHEN:   Monday, July 7, 2014 at 9 a.m.

WHERE:  Palomino Room, BMO Centre, Stampede Park

About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We're Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

About BMO and the Calgary Stampede

BMO Bank of Montreal's ties to the Calgary Stampede are long and remarkable. The relationship between BMO and the Calgary Stampede is the oldest business relationship in Western Canada, dating back to 1884. BMO has been the banker to the Calgary Exhibition since 1899 when lands were christened at Victoria Park. The Agricultural Society had purchased 94 acres of land from the Dominion of Canada and built a race track, cattle sheds and an exhibition building. BMO continued as the banker in 1912 when the first rodeo took place and it became the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.

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