John Molson School of Business Announcement

Canadian Universities Forum (discussion group)

Subject: John Molson School of Business Announcement
Peter Kruyt,
Chairman of the Concordia University Board of Governors,
cordially invites you to attend the announcement of BMO Financial Group??s important investment in the
John Molson School of Business in the presence of L. Jacques M??nard, Chairman, BMO Nesbitt Burns and President, BMO Financial Group, Quebec

Tuesday, December 4, 2007
11:30 a.m.?C1 p.m.
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex, 11th floor
1515 Ste. Catherine St. West
Sir George Williams Campus, Montreal

BMO Financial Group Makes a Major Donation to Concordia´s New John Molson School of Business Building

MONTREAL, Nov. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - On December 4th, BMO Financial Group will announce a financial contribution for the construction of the new John Molson School of Business (JMSB) building. The funds will go toward the construction of the BMO Amphitheatre and the creation of the BMO lecture series that will explore subjects in business and finance.

The Amphitheatre is a 300-seat space to be built over two levels and located on the first-floor concourse of the new JMSB building presently under construction at the corner of Guy St. and De Maisonneuve Blvd. West.

Media are invited to join a hard-hat tour of the JMSB construction site following the event.

(in reply to: John Molson School of Business Announcement)
BMO Financial giving $2.5M to Concordia
John Molson School of Business. Underwrites construction of auditorium

The Gazette

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

BMO Financial Group is making a $2.5-million contribution to Concordia University´s John Molson School of Business.

The donation, which matches the Bank of Montreal´s largest ever to a Quebec institution, will be made officially today during an event on campus. The money will underwrite construction of the new building´s 300-seat main auditorium. It will also fund a lecture series on business ethics and governance when the facility opens in 2009. BMO previously donated $2.5 million to H?pital Ste-Justine.

BMO chairman L. Jacques M?nard has strong ties to Concordia. He received his bachelor of commerce degree in Economics at Loyola College in 1967. The school merged with Sir George Williams University to form Concordia in 1974.

M?nard has served on the university´s board of governors and chaired its capital campaign.

"He´s hugely committed to our university," Concordia spokes-person Chris Mota said. "For us, there´s a huge sense of pride in this donation. It also reminds our other graduates, who´ve gone on to successful careers, the importance of giving back to the university."

Other ties bind the bank and the business school, said Ronald Monet, a BMO spokesman.

"John Molson was the first president of the Bank of Montreal in 1826. John Molson Jr. was a member of our board. So was Hartland Molson, right through to Eric Molson. The association between the bank and the Molsons goes way back," Monet said.

"The excellence of the John Molson School of Business" is the biggest reason for the bank´s support, Monet added. "A lot of our people have come up through Concordia. The connection is there."

The 15-storey JMSB is being built at the southwest corner of Guy St. and De Maisonneuve Blvd.


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