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March 21, 2011 13:57 ET

BMO Capital Markets Sponsors 2011 U.S. Squash Doubles Championships-Benefiting METROsquash and Chicago Public Schools

- Proceeds go to METROsquash, an after-school academic tutoring, squash instruction and mentoring program

- More than 90 squash teams will participate from cities throughout the U.S. and Canada

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(Marketwire - March 21, 2011) - METROsquash is pleased to announce that BMO Capital Markets, the investment and corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (NYSE:BMO)(TSX:BMO), will sponsor the BMO Capital Markets National Doubles Championships March 25 - 27, 2011, at venues throughout the Chicago area. All proceeds from the event will go to METROsquash, an after-school program which uses squash, academic tutoring, mentoring, cultural experience and community service to empower Chicago Public School students to realize their full academic, athletic and personal potential.

"BMO Capital Markets is an active participant of METROsquash's mentoring program. We're pleased to sponsor the National Doubles Championship, ensuring the squash program's success in the coming years," said Scott Graham, Managing Director and Head of U.S. Treasury Products for BMO Capital Markets.

"It's great to have such a strong partnership with BMO Capital Markets to bring top calibre squash to Chicago. The U.S. Squash Doubles Championship is the most prestigious title in American doubles squash. The proceeds from this event will allow us to strengthen our program and increase the number of children we serve," said David Kay, Executive Director of METROsquash.

About METROsquash

METROsquash was founded in Chicago in 2005 by a group of young, civic-minded professionals committed to offering Chicago Public School students the opportunity to combine academics and athletics in an after-school program that significantly impacts their lives and academic performance. METROsquash currently serves over 130 students each year in grades 5 through 10 through after school and summer programming. METROsquash is part of a national network of successful urban squash programs. In addition to Chicago, there are currently programs in Boston, Harlem, The Bronx, Philadelphia, New Haven, Baltimore, Detroit, San Diego, and Detroit.

About BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American financial services provider offering equity and debt underwriting, corporate lending and project financing, merger and acquisitions advisory services, merchant banking, securitization, treasury management, market risk management, debt and equity research and institutional sales and trading. BMO Capital Markets has more than 2,000 employees operating in 26 locations around the world, including 14 in North America.

BMO Capital Markets is a member of BMO Financial Group (NYSE:BMO)(TSX:BMO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America with total assets of CDN$413 billion and 38,000 employees as at January 31, 2011.

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