BMO Financial Group Donates $500,000 to Sauder School of Business


VANCOUVER, BC – BMO Financial Group (TSX, NYSE: BMO) today announced it has made a donation of $500,000 to support the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

Sauder School of Business is one of Canada’s foremost research-based business schools and an internationally recognized leader in creating business knowledge. BMO’s donation will be designated to the naming of a classroom. BMO presented the gift to Sauder at the school’s 50th anniversary dinner in Toronto last night.

The pledge by BMO contributes to Sauder’s $65 million redevelopment and expansion plan, which will be dedicated to enhancing the school’s teaching and research facilities. With a network of more than 28,000 alumni who are making significant contributions in Canada and around the world, Sauder continues to grow as a global leader in business management education.

"BMO is proud to be associated with the Sauder School of Business, and we extend our best wishes for the campaign’s every success," said Yvan Bourdeau, CEO, of BMO Capital Markets. Mr. Bourdeau is an alumnus of Sauder and a former member of the school’s advisory board.

"At the Sauder School of Business, we have developed innovative programs and a world-class community of faculty and students. Unprecedented growth and new approaches to teaching and learning have created the need for expanded and updated facilities. This gift brings us one step closer to achieving our goals and we are very grateful for BMO’s support," said Dean Daniel F. Muzyka.

About The Sauder School of Business 

The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia is Canada’s leading academic business school, recognized globally for its contributions to the transformation of business practices through innovative research and teaching. The school has over 28,000 alumni in 70 countries around the world.

About BMO Financial Group 

BMO Financial Group (TSX, NYSE: BMO), has a proud tradition of supporting community reinvestment and corporate and social responsibility to the communities it serves. In 2006, BMO Financial Group pledged $2.9 million in new funding to 10 universities and colleges across Canada. BMO Financial Group contributed more than $40 million in corporate donations, sponsorships and events in 2006, supporting thousands of communities, charities and not-for-profit organizations in Canada and the United States. For more information, please visit

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