REPEAT-Media Advisory: BMO Celebrates Grand Opening of New

REPEAT-Media Advisory: BMO Celebrates Grand Opening of New Branch in
Former branch donated to University of the Fraser Valley - BMO's
largest one-time donation in B.C. 
- New BMO branch represents a $1.7 million investment in the
- Customers offered extended banking hours, including Saturdays  
- 'Making Money Make Sense' in four different languages  
- Grand opening celebration features giveaways and a raffle 
CHILLIWACK, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/08/12 -- BMO Bank
of Montreal invites customers and members of the community to
celebrate the grand opening of its new full-service Eagle Landing
branch located at 8249 Eagle Landing Parkway in Chilliwack, on
Saturday, December 8, 2012. 
Today, BMO also announced the donation of its former Five Corners
branch to the University of the Fraser Valley for a future UFV
business centre. The donation, the largest in UFV's history at $1.5
million, includes renovation funds from the Chilliwack Economic
Partners Corporation. 
The new branch offers customers extended banking hours, including
Saturdays, and is designed to provide a great banking experience
through a variety of financial services and conveniences, including:  

--  Two ATMs - including a drive-thru ATM; 
--  Services provided in four different languages; 
--  Access to commercial account and deposit services - including a night
    depository for small business after-hours use; and 
--  Barrier-free access. 

"Chilliwack is located in the heart of the Fraser Valley's thriving
agriculture community, and as such it is an important part of the
local and provincial economies. It is also home to a number of
successful local companies and has experienced steady population
growth in recent years," said Nalla Steigvilas, Branch Manager, BMO
Bank of Montreal. 
"At our new branch, the extended banking hours make it easier for our
customers to come in and speak with our team about all of their
financial needs," noted Ms. Steigvilas. "Nearly half of businesses in
B.C. surveyed for the BMO Small Business Confidence Report predicted
they will grow in 2013. Commercial clients are clearly confident
about expanding their operations and hiring people; we encourage
businesses in the Chilliwack region to get their share of the $10
billion in credit BMO has made available, giving them access to the
capital they need to grow." 
Open six days a week, the BMO Eagle Landing Chilliwack branch hours

--  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:    Chief David Jimmie, Squiala First Nation                            
        Mark Strahl, MP (Chilliwack - Fraser Canyon)                        
        Gwen O'Mahony, MLA (Chilliwack - Hope)                              
        Henry Donkers, District Vice President, BMO Bank of Montreal        
        Cheryl Dawson, Personal Banking Area Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal  
        Nalla Steigvilas, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal              
What:   Holiday-themed Grand Opening Celebration for Chilliwack's Eagle     
        Landing Branch                                                      
        - Squiala First Nations Drum Dance officially starts the celebration
        - Formal speeches and ribbon-cutting ceremony                       
        - Complimentary food, beverages and entertainment                   
        - Great giveaways and a raffle draw with the chance to win a $1000  
        BMO GIC Contribution                                                
When:   Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.            
        - Formal speeches and ribbon-cutting ceremony start at 11:30 a.m.   
Where:  BMO Bank of Montreal: 8249 Eagle Landing Parkway, Chilliwack, BC    

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 $525 billion as at October 31, 2012, and more
than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of
retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and
Media Contacts:
Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596 
Twitter: @BMOmedia
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