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Bank of Montreal/BMO Financial Group, Canada

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ank of Montreal/BMO Financial Group] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 1 May 2018

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Canada's Bank of Montreal is also known as BMO Financial Group. BMO Financial Group is one of Canada's five largest banks, and one of the ten largest in North America. The flag of BMO Financial Group can be seen at It features the corporate logo on a blue field. The corporate logo shows the letters "BMO" in white capital letters next to the bank's red and white circular symbol. There's a thin white, horizontal line below the logo with the words "BMO Financial Group" in white sans serif letters beneath.
Randy Young, 8 March 2015

The flag for the Bank of Montréal can be seen at:
Source: The flag bears the logo over a blue horizontal flag. The current bank logo, the M-bar, "was the brainchild of Hans Kleefeld of Stewart & Morrison Ltd, Toronto". It was designed in 1966 and launched in 1967.
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"The Bank of Montreal (French: Banque de Montréal), operating as BMO Financial Group and commonly shortened to BMO was established on June 23, 1817 by John Richardson and eight merchants (who) signed the Articles of Association. The bank officially began conducting business on November 3, 1817, making it Canada's oldest bank. It has acquired many other institutions throughout its corporate history, the most significant being Harris Bankcorp, of Chicago (1984) (source:, Nesbitt Thomson (1987) (source: and the latest being on July 5, 2011, when BMO announced that it had completed the acquisition of Milwaukee-based Marshall & Ilsley Corporation (M&I) (source: M&I merged with Harris Bank to form BMO Harris Bank N.A., part of BMO Financial Group. This integration was completed on October 8, 2012, and all branches now operate under the name BMO Harris Bank."
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It deals primarily with personal banking, asset management and capital markets

For additional information, go to BMO (Official website):
Esteban Rivera, 21 October 2017

200th Anniversary flag

Bank of Montreal/BMO Financial Group]

I was in Montréal last week, and noted that BMO had flags displayed commemorating the bank's 200th Anniversary. Attached is an image that I took. Here is the basic logo in graphic form:
Dave Fowler, 14 September 2017