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BMO Announces Sponsorship of New Glenbow Historical Art Gallery in Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec 11, 2012) - BMO Financial Group today announced its two-year commitment to the Glenbow Museum in Calgary as sponsor of the newly opened Historical Art Gallery.

The first semi-permanent exhibition to open in the new space is a unique collection of western North American art, specifically depicting the Great Plains and mountainous areas of the continent. Curated by Roger Boulet, it explores the art of the prairies and the West from before Confederation to the early 1900s.

"BMO Financial Group has a long and proud history of supporting the arts in Canada as well as here at home in Calgary," said Robert Hayes, Senior Vice President, Prairies Division, BMO Bank of Montreal. "The partnership with the Glenbow Museum has enabled a revitalization of the historic art gallery space. We hope to see future museum visitors, both young and old, inspired by the exceptional art from our western heritage and benefit from the new educational materials and programs."

"Glenbow Museum is extremely pleased that BMO Financial Group has committed to fund the newly revitalized Historical Art Gallery," said Donna Livingstone, Interim President and CEO of Glenbow. "This partnership is a perfect match since BMO, like us, upholds western heritage and arts and culture in Alberta - and for a significant length of time."

About Glenbow Museum

Combining a museum, art gallery, library and archives all under one roof, Glenbow boasts over a million artifacts and some 28,000 works of art in its vast collections and is one of the largest museums in Canada.

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services organization. With total assets of $525 billion as of October 31, 2012, and more than 46,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions