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November 22, 2013 10:00 ET

BMO Capital Markets Is Named a National Champion in the Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis

Crucial funding raised for CF research and care in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 22, 2013) -

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Pat Cronin, Managing Director and Head of Trading Products, BMO Capital Markets, has received the National Champion Award on behalf of BMO Capital Markets for its tireless support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

"The amount of support that the fight against Cystic Fibrosis gets from all of our people across BMO Capital Markets is quite overwhelming," Mr. Cronin said of the award. "We're proud to be associated with Cystic Fibrosis Canada and I accept this award humbly on behalf of the firm and all of our clients who support the Great Strides™ walk."

As a signature sponsor of the Toronto Great Strides™ event, BMO Capital Markets also encourages employee engagement with more than 350 staff and clients taking part in this annual event which takes place at the end of May.

"We are tremendously grateful for the support of our partners and community at this year's Great Strides™ walk," said Anthony Keating, Director of Major Gifts at Cystic Fibrosis Canada. "Together, we have raised critical funding today to invest in CF research, care and advocacy to help improve the lives of people living with this devastating disease."

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common, fatal genetic disease that affects Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure. Children with cystic fibrosis struggle to have a normal childhood. Each week in Canada, two children are diagnosed and one person dies from this disease.

The Great Strides™ walk takes place each May during Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, when Cystic Fibrosis Canada shines the spotlight on Canadians living with cystic fibrosis to raise awareness about this devastating disease. More than 12,000 Canadians walked this past May in 60 locations across Canada raising more than $3.2 million in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

About Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. It is a multi-system disease that affects mainly the lungs and the digestive system. In the lungs, where the effects are most devastating, a build-up of thick mucus causes severe respiratory problems. Mucus and protein also build up in the digestive tract, making it difficult to digest and absorb nutrients from food. As improved therapies have helped to address the malnutrition issues, ultimately most deaths related to cystic fibrosis are due to lung disease. There is no cure.

About Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Cystic Fibrosis Canada is one of the world's top three charitable organizations committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and is an internationally-recognized leader in funding CF research, innovation, and clinical care. We invest more funding in life-saving CF research and care than any other non-governmental agency in Canada. Since 1960, Cystic Fibrosis Canada has invested almost $150 million in leading research, care and advocacy, resulting in one of the world's highest survival rates for Canadians living with cystic fibrosis. For more information, visit www.cysticfibrosis.ca.

About BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American financial services provider, offering corporate, institutional and government clients access to a complete range of investment and corporate banking products and services. BMO Capital Markets, has more than 2,200 employees operating in 29 offices worldwide, including 16 in North America, and is a member of BMO Financial Group (NYSE:BMO)(TSX:BMO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America with $549 billion total assets and more than 46,000 employees as at July 31, 2013.

To make a donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, please visit www.cysticfibrosis.ca/greatstrides or www.cysticfibrosis.ca.

NOTE TO MEDIA: B-roll footage of Canadians with cystic fibrosis, audio and photographs is available at http://www.vvcnetwork.ca/cf/20120501/.

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