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Farewell Tribute for Ontario's Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable David Onley, to be held at BMO Institute for Learning

- Lieutenant-Governor Onley is the longest-serving Lieutenant Governor in the past 68 years

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/20/14 -- BMO Financial Group will hold a farewell tribute to one of Ontario's longest serving Lieutenant Governors, the Honourable David C. Onley, and to his wife, Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley, at the BMO Institute for Learning in Toronto on June 24th.

The event will celebrate their outstanding record of service to Ontario and its citizens over the past seven years, during which they championed accessibility as the key to Ontarians achieving their full potential. His Honour is Ontario's longest-serving Lieutenant Governor in the past 68 years, and is a member of the Order of Ontario.

"We have great respect for the success His Honour has had bringing together the people of Ontario. On behalf of everyone in the business community, we thank him for his service to Ontario," said Hon. Ed Lumley, Vice Chair, BMO Capital Markets.

Tributes to His Honour will include messages from Her Majesty The Queen, Their Royal Highnesses the Earl & Countess of Wessex, the Governor General of Canada, and speeches from:

--  Hon. Kathleen Wynne - Premier of Ontario
--  Hon. Ed Lumley - Vice-Chair, BMO Capital Markets
--  Grand Chief Stan Beardy - Ontario Regional Chief, Assembly of First
--  Brigadier General Julian Chapman - Deputy Commander, 4th Canadian
    Division, Canadian Army
--  Commissioner Vince Hawkes - Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police
--  Jonathan, Michael & Robert Onley - Mr. and Mrs. Onley's sons

Performances from Kardinal Offishall, Victor Micallef (The Tenors) and The Art of Time Ensemble, featuring Andrew Burashko, will round out the evening.

"Their Honours have been exceptional representatives of Her Majesty The Queen during their time in Office. Their record of service, the warmth of their personalities, their dedication to helping others, and their tireless devotion to the Office of Lieutenant Governor are just some of the reasons that we are gathering to celebrate their contribution to Ontario," said Christopher Carnegie, Co-Chair of the Tribute.

Arrival & Registration for this invitation-only event starts at 7:00 p.m., with the tribute beginning at 7:30 p.m. The BMO Institute for Learning is located at 3550 Pharmacy Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services organization based in North America. The bank offers a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers. BMO Financial Group had total assets of $582 billion and more than 45,500 employees at April 30, 2014.

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