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BMO Opens $2.4 Million Environmentally-Friendly Branch in Alberta


* First LEED certified and 18th Bullfrog Powered BMO branch in Alberta
* Branch team, including a BMO Nesbitt Burns Investment Advisor, a financial planner and a mortgage specialist set to deliver great customer experience
* Extended hours, branch is open Monday to Saturday

CALGARY, BMO Bank of Montreal today opened a green branch located at 9608 Macleod Trail SE in the well established Acadia neighbourhood of Calgary.

The environmentally-friendly branch is the first branch in Alberta that will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, a well recognized standard managed by the Canadian Green Building Council. Also, the branch will receive its electricity from Bullfrog Power, which provides homes and businesses with electricity generated from clean, renewable sources like wind power and low-impact hydro.

“We are proud to be the first LEED branch in Alberta that exceeds typical standards in five categories: use of a sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, indoor environment and materials and resources,” said Don Powell, Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal.

The branch is home to a team of 21 personal banking and investment professionals who are ready to provide a great customer experience. Team includes a BMO Nesbitt Burns Investment Advisor, a financial planner, and a mortgage specialist.

“BMO recently lead the way in reducing mortgage rates, and now offers a special 5 year fixed rate of 3.95 per cent,” said David Sprague, Vice-President, Calgary District, BMO Bank of Montreal. “This is a great time for first-time homebuyers to come in and talk to us. We can help remove the complexity that comes with purchasing a home and encourage our customers to ask for the BMO First Home Essentials kit designed to guide homebuyers.”

For added convenience, the new Macleod Trail & 94th branch features three ABMs for everyday financial transactions, and a drive-thru ABM, as well as ample free parking.

The branch’s hours of operation are:
Monday to Wednesday 9:30am to 4:30pm
Thursday & Friday 9:30am to 6:00pm
Saturday 9:30am to 4:30pm

“Plus if you’re one of the millions of AIR MILES collectors in Canada, we have another reason for you to bank with BMO,” said Mr. Sprague. “No other bank can help you collect faster and redeem more quickly because we are the only major financial institution that rewards debit and credit card purchases, including online purchases, with access to a comprehensive choice of more than 800 reward and travel options.”
The Macleod Trail & 94th branch replaces the Southcentre Branch, located at 31 – 100 Anderson Road SE, which closed on April 24th.

About BMO Bank of Montreal
With over 2,700 employees and 93 BMO Bank of Montreal branches in Alberta, BMO provides financing to more than 27,000 small businesses. Earlier in February, BMO Bank of Montreal received the 2009 award for Alberta’s Best Workplace in the Environment category from Alberta Venture magazine.

The Calgary Stampede and BMO Financial Group announced on March 9, 2009, that BMO has acquired the naming rights to the newly-expanded Roundup Centre in Stampede Park for the next 10 years. As the official Bank of the Calgary Stampede since 1912, BMO is proud to support this volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization which strives to preserve and promote western heritage and values.


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