Media Advisory: Southern Alberta Farm Families Honoured by BMO at Stampede

Media Advisory: Southern Alberta Farm Families Honoured by BMO at Stampede 
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/05/13 -- The Calgary Stampede
and BMO Bank of Montreal will honour 16 outstanding southern Alberta
families for their dedication to rural life and their innovative
business achievements at the 2013 BMO Farm Family Awards on Monday,
July 8 at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park.  
The Alberta Agricultural Service Board selects the BMO Farm Family
Award recipients based not only on their farming expertise but also
on their contribution to the community. The awards recognize farm
families, who take an innovative approach to growing their business,
demonstrate a commitment to traditional western values and follow
sustainable production practices. 

WHAT:     Presentation of the BMO Farm Family Awards at the Calgary Stampede
WHO:      Hon. Verlyn Olson, QC, MLA, Minister of Agriculture and Rural     
          Bob Thompson, president and chairman of the board, Calgary        
          Vern Kimball, chief executive officer, Calgary Stampede           
          Mike Darling, vice-president, Southern Alberta commercial         
          district, BMO Bank of Montreal                                    
WHEN:     Monday, July 8, 2013 - 10 a.m.                                    
WHERE:    Palomino Room, BMO Centre, Stampede Park                          

About the Calgary Stampede  
As we enter our second century, 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 communi
ty 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. 
Anna Melnick
Media Relations Coordinator
403.261.0277 or C: 403.831.1618 
Laurie Grant
BMO Media Relations
604.665.7596 or C: 604.318.0735 
Twitter: @BMOmedia
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