Okanagan College News 2009

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BMO supports Centre of Excellence
Okanagan College Media Release
BMO Financial Group Announces Major Donation in Penticton

Higher learning and environmental sustainability supported with Okanagan College gift from BMO

PENTICTON, BC, November 23, 2009 –
BMO Financial Group announced a major donation in Penticton – a $75,000 gift to Okanagan College’s new Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation.

“Companies like ours have a responsibility to take a leadership role in environmental sustainability – to go where our customers are going,” said Sean Armstrong, Vice-President, B.C. Central Interior, North and Yukon, BMO Bank of Montreal. “This means that we must adopt environmental best practices into everything we do as well as support those organizations such as Okanagan College who are leading the way in green initiatives.” 

This gift is also in keeping with BMO’s corporate core values and commitment to education and life long learning.

At the groundbreaking ceremony held Friday in Penticton with Federal, Provincial and City officials, Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton said, “BMO has been a long time supporter of our scholarship program at the Kelowna campus. This level of support for our Penticton campus demonstrates their commitment to the region, our communities and students.”
About Okanagan College’s Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation
The new $28 million Centre commenced construction in July 2009 and is due for completion in 2011. The Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation aims to be recognized by both potential students and the construction industry as the foremost teaching centre for green and sustainable construction and for research, development and commercialization of new approaches and methods of building construction and alternative energy production.
About BMO Financial Group
Since its founding in 1817 as Bank of Montreal – Canada’s first bank - BMO Financial Group has been committed to corporate and social responsibility and the principles of sustainable development. In 2008, BMO contributed $47.7 million in corporate donations, sponsorships and events, supporting communities and thousands of charities and not-for-profit organizations across Canada.
BMO has been making great strides on the environmental sustainability front – and in certain areas is leading the pack among Canadian Financial Institutions. The Bank announced in 2007 that it would be Carbon Neutral as an enterprise for energy and travel emissions by 2010.

Media Contacts:
Laurie Grant, BMO Financial Group, 604-665-7596, laurie.grant@bmo.com
Allan Coyle, Okanagan College, 250-862-5413  acoyle@okanagan.bc.ca