BMO Donates $600,000 to Thompson Rivers University to Renovate Old
- Largest BMO donation in B.C. outside Lower Mainland
- BMO Financial Group receives naming of BMO Student Street at TRU
KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/17/13 -- BMO
Financial Group today announced a donation of $600,000 to Thompson
Rivers University to assist with the ongoing extensive renovations of
the Old Main building.
The largest monetary gift BMO has made in British Columbia outside of
the Lower Mainland will go towards major improvements to Old Main.
This building hosts the new TRU Faculty of Law and many of TRU's
Student Services, to be renamed BMO Student Street, including the
Registrar, Student Awards & Financial Aid, Counseling, Academic
Advising, Health Services, and Cooperative Education.
"At BMO we believe that corporate responsibility is a journey best
travelled in partnership," said Joanne Gassman, Senior Vice
President, B.C. and Yukon BMO Bank of Montreal. "Today's donation
announcement to Thompson Rivers University will continue to
strengthen and grow our partnership and build on our mutual
understanding that the economic, social and environmental choices we
all make will positively impact the lives of potentially thousands of
"We are proud to recognize BMO's leadership investment and this
significant contribution to our university," said Alan Shaver, TRU
President and Vice-Chancellor. "Old Main is one area of our campus
which touches each of our students; many will now begin their TRU
journey on BMO Student Street."
"BMO has a lengthy tradition of support for higher education and life
long learning in the communities where we work, and our gift to TRU
carries on this tradition within the Kamloops region," said Sean
Armstrong, Vice President, B.C. Interior, North & Yukon, BMO Bank of
Montreal. "We at BMO share TRU's commitment to advanced learning as a
means of investing in our collective future."
BMO Student Street is part of the exciting revitalization of the Old
Main building, which includes 40,000 square feet of new learning
space and an entire new floor that will accommodate TRU's Faculty of
Law. The new space is an important expression of TRU's vision for the
future and is part of a campus-wide program of expansion and bold new
buildings to meet the changing needs of its students and community.
The new addition to Old Main is expected to open by September 2013.
About BMO Financial Group in the Community
BMO has been serving customers in British Columbia for 125 years; the
first Bank of Montreal branch in the province opened in Vancouver in
1887, two years after bank vice-president Lord Strathcona drove in
the Last Spike of the CPR. Its 3,000 employees are dedicated to
making BMO the bank that defines great customer experience, serving
British Columbians through 118 branches located across the province
and from several BMO Nesbitt Burns and BMO Harris Private Banking
Christopher Seguin, Thompson Rivers University
Cell (250) 574-0474
Laurie Grant, BMO Financial Group
Cell (604) 318-0735
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