Media Advisory-Photo & Interview Opportunity: BMO Bank of Montreal Celebrates 125 Years in New Westminster

Media Advisory-Photo & Interview Opportunity: BMO Bank of Montreal Celebrates 
125 Years in New Westminster 
- Historic event commemorated with customer and community
appreciation day on April 3  
- New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright will participate in the
NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/03/13 -- 
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BMO Bank of Montreal will commemorate 125 years in New Westminster
with a celebration at its 6th Street branch on Wednesday, April 3,
Customers, dignitaries, and current and former staff are invited to
celebrate the 125th anniversary starting at 11 a.m. Mayor Wayne
Wright will join the celebration with remarks to the assembled
"On behalf of city council, I'm proud to offer best wishes and
congratulations to BMO for 125 years of service in our city," said
Wayne Wright, Mayor, City of New Westminster. "BMO's long-standing
commitment to New Westminster is commendable and an important part of
the history of our great community." 
It was on April 3, 1888 that the Merchant's Bank of Canada (purchased
by Bank of Montreal in 1922) opened on what was known as the Douglas
Block at the corner of Columbia and McKenzie Streets. This building
was destro
yed by the Great Fire of 1898 and the bank temporarily
conducted its business in the Queen's Hotel, until a new branch was
opened at the corner of Columbia and Church Streets in 1899.  
New Westminster is experiencing vibrant population growth. According
to the most recent Canadian census, the city's population grew 12.7
per cent - nearly double the provincial rate - between 2006 and 2011. 
"BMO is especially pleased to celebrate our long history of service
to the community of New Westminster," said Guido Titotto, Personal
Banking Area Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal. "We want to acknowledge
and thank our customers for their long-standing support. We are proud
to have contributed to the social and business life of New
Westminster and to have helped our customers achieve their financial
BMO's New Westminster 125th Anniversary Celebration  

Who:      His Worship Wayne Wright, Mayor, City of New Westminster          
          Guido Titotto, Personal Banking Area Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal
          Mark Wallace, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal                
What:     125th Anniversary Celebration of BMO in New Westminster           
          -  Complimentary refreshments                                     
          -  Prizes                                                         
          -  Formal speeches by Mayor Wayne Wright and BMO representatives  
When:     Wednesday, April 3, 2013, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.                   
          -  Formal speeches commence at 11 a.m.                            
Where:    BMO Bank of Montreal - 125-610 6th Street, New Westminster        

Media are invited to the 125th anniversary celebration and interviews
can be arranged with BMO spokespeople upon request.  
About BMO Bank of Montreal in British Columbia:  
BMO has been serving customers in British Columbia for more than 126
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. BMO's 3,000 B.C.
employees are dedicated to making it the bank that defines great
customer experience, serving British Columbians through 118 branches.
BMO also provides strong support to education, health and social
services and arts & culture in B.C. Recent major donations have
supported UBC, B.C. Children's Hospital, Streetohome Foundation,
Union Gospel Mission, Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Abbotsford
and the United Way of the Lower Mainland. BMO Bank of Montreal is
also proud to be in its eighth year as title sponsor of the BMO
Vancouver Marathon - coming up Sunday, May 5, 2013. 
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
retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and
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Media Contact:
Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596 
Twitter: @BMOmedia
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