Annual Report 2016

A woman looks forward.

When you’ve been around a while,
you know the value of staying agile.
Strategically focused. Always ready for what comes next.

Because life only moves in one direction.

Forward.

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When you’ve been around a while,
you know the value of staying agile.
Strategically focused.
Always ready for what comes next.

Because life only moves in one direction.

Forward.

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200 Years and counting

Wishing it forward

To celebrate the bank’s 200th year, we’ve introduced a new twist on an old idea: an interactive fountain where people can make digital wishes, large and small. Realized by artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, the fountain is the first of its kind, paying homage to the past by combining 50,000 flip dots – reminiscent of those once used in railway station arrival-departure boards – with state-of-the-art digital technology that animates the fountain when people interact with it. Simply choose a category, make a wish, and toss the digital coin to wish it forward. Visitors can share their wish with friends on social media, and see others’ wishes in BMO’s online wish universe.

Throughout 2017, we’ll be fulfilling a number of these wishes – in categories such as Green, Togetherness, Legacy and Community – as a way of saying thank-you to communities where we do business. Individuals and organizations are invited to “wish it forward” online at BMO200.com or by visiting the BMO200 fountain at bank locations in Chicago, Montreal and Toronto. Smaller versions will also travel to select branches and sponsored events across North America. “We hope to see a variety of wishes made through the BMO200 fountain in the coming months – everything from greening public spaces to recognizing people who have gone above and beyond for their community,” said Cameron Fowler, Group Head, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking, when the 17-foot fountain was activated at Toronto’s First Canadian Place in January 2017. “BMO’s wish is that, in any small way, the wishes that we’re able to fulfill may cause a ripple effect that can be long lasting.”

Make your wish here:
www.bmo200.com

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Montréal en Histoires

In 2017, Montreal celebrates its 375th birthday. Our bank has shared in that rich history since we opened for business on Saint Paul Street in 1817. So when plans were unveiled for Montréal en Histoires, a series of creative projects exploring the city’s past, BMO was pleased to sponsor the initiative’s three main components: Cité Mémoire is a series of projections in the old city celebrating key historical themes. These multimedia tableaux are complemented by a mobile app that supports an interactive walking tour. And Play with history is a suite of educational activities about Montreal.

Montréal en Histoires is also producing an augmented-reality video on BMO’s role in the city’s evolution. And a Cité Mémoire tableau chronicling Montreal’s business history is currently being projected on the landmark BMO building on Place d’Armes. “We’re proud of our roots and to be associated with this innovative project,” says Jacques Ménard, President of BMO Financial Group, Quebec. “It’s a great example of the creative genius that is contributing to this city’s renaissance.”

For the full experience, go to
www.montrealenhistoires.com

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