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Bankers Lunch in Stratford - February 17, 2020

February 18, 2020

Here are photos from yesterday's Bankers Lunch at the Arden Park Restaurant in the Best Western Hotel in Stratford.  We had 28 in attendance and the hotel kindly put us in a room by ourselves which made it quiet for their other patrons.

As usual everyone had a great meal, conversation and we left about 2 pm in time for other Family Day activities.

Click Here to see all the pictures.

Many thanks to Chuck Joynt for sharing and to Ken Summers for the photos and adding names to each photo.


BOMPA BC Lower Mainland February 2020 Newsletter

February 17, 2020


The latest BOMPA BC Lower Mainland Newsletter is now available.

Go to the Association Newsletters webpage to read the latest issue. 

Thanks to Ron Gillies for sharing.







"A Journey into Bank of Montreal's International Banking Subsidiaries, Branches and Offices" by Joan Mesic, Senior Correspondent

February 13, 2020

We will be publishing a series of vignettes about Bank of Montreal's international branches, subsidiaries and offices, some of which have been closed. With the help of our friends in BMO Corporate Archives, we have been provided with material that we will be sharing with you over the next while.  

Our journey on this topic starts with the fascinating history of Bank of Montreal's New York Agency.  Did you know that the "New York Agency of the Bank of Montreal was opened January 1, 1859 two years before the outbreak of the American Civil War." Read more and find out interesting facts and information like the largest cheques ever cleared, the history behind the name Wall Street, etc. Read "What the New York Agency Does" CLICK HERE.

As we showcase information from the archives on this subject, we would love to hear from you if you have had any experiences with these entities whether working at the location or interfacing with them during your careers or as a customer. Please send us your stories at We look forward to hearing from you. Happy reading!

Material and images are the property of BMO Financial Group's Corporate Archives. No part of the material or photographs may be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted, without the prior written consent of the Corporate Archives.”

Letter to the Editor - “Some Memories from the Past” by John Brownell, Qualicum Beach, B.C.  

February 9, 2020

John Brownell wrote to us recently regarding some of his memories from the past. His second item is about a fire that happened when he was an Inspector with Bank of Montreal. The incident was serious and John and his Inspector colleagues survived it. The newspaper clippings that John sent us will give your more details. One of the newspapers wrote an ending to the story that will give you a chuckle.

If you would like to share any similar stories with us or others, please email us at:

“I recently moved, along with my wife Jeanne, into Berwick, an Assisted Living Retirement Home in Qualicum Beach, B.C. I was sorting over some old files and came across some documents I had saved from my working days.

1. Copy of my first “Employee Statement of Emoluments.  I remember the Accountant telling me as I was 21 years old, I had to start contributing to my Pension Fund. He assured me that while I was not making a lot of money, if I stayed with the Bank I would be assured of a good pension.

2. The other two documents relate to one of the more memorable days during the time I spent in the Audit Department. I was transferred to the Audit Department in 1974 resident Winnipeg and in 1976 was transferred to Calgary where I was working when this event took place.”

John Brownell, Qualicum Beach, B.C.

To view John's employee statement and to read newspaper clippings of the fire John experienced. CLICK HERE


In Memoriam – Jacques Ménard

February 7, 2020

Jacques Ménard remembered for commitment, ability to inspire

The longtime banker carved out a parallel path of extraordinary breadth that spanned philanthropy, education, health care and the arts.

Accolades are pouring in from across Quebec for Jacques Ménard, the longtime BMO Financial Group executive who died Tuesday after a long battle with illness.

Ménard, 74, is survived by his wife, Marie-José Ratelle, and their two children, Louis-Simon and Anne-Valérie. Born in Chicoutimi, Ménard had moved to Montreal as a child and lived in the city thereafter.

Best known for his four-decade career as a banker and investment dealer, Ménard carved out a parallel path of extraordinary breadth that spanned philanthropy, community involvement, education, health care and the arts.

To read the Obituary, Click Here.

BOMPA BC Lower Mainland – An Afternoon at the Races

January 30, 2020

A crowd of 37 BOMPA Lower Mainland members and guests spent the afternoon watching the horses run at the Cloverdale Fair Grounds on Jan 26, 2020. Some ran fast and some ran slow, others passed but some wouldn’t go. A buffet lunch was much enjoyed and the camaraderie of new and old friends was evident.  Not unexpectedly, no fortunes were garnered but no paupers were produced all is well. It was a great way to spend a part of the day.

To view all pictures from this event, CLICK HERE

Thanks Ron Gillies for sharing



BOMPA - Northern Alberta Newsletter for January 2020

January 29, 2020

The latest newsletter for BOMPA Northern Alberta Newsletter has arrived.

CLICK HERE for your reading pleasure !

Thanks to Bill Kilgour for the information.








Florida Monster Reunion – February 12, 2020

January 23, 2020

The Florida Monster Reunion event will take place on February 12th, 2020 starting at 5.00 p.m. at:

Millers Ale House
1200 Yamato Road
Boca Raton Fl.33431
Tel 561-988-9142

If colleagues want to participate they just have to advise Gilles or Andréa the organisers who are responsible of the reservations as well.
Tel.561-455-2010 or cell.561-344-9210 

BMO colleagues, their friends and family are welcomed. 

Thanks to Danielle Lamarche for the information.


Postponed Christmas Lunch BOMPA Vancouver Island – January 18, 2020

January 23, 2020

Vancouver Island BMO Pensioners 'Christmas' lunch (which had been postponed due to a restaurant fire!) was held on Saturday, January 18th at the Westshore Fieldhouse in Victoria!

In spite of a week of a tremendous amount of snow for Victoria and the Island, 58 people attended in balmy weather with only a trace of the snow left! A nice spread of turkey, stuffing,
gravy, veggies and salads, followed up by a fabulous passion fruit cake (pictured) was served up to everyone's enjoyment!

Lunch was followed by numerous door prizes and almost everyone went home with something!

Thank you to the organizers who had to scramble to find a venue after the unfortunate fire at the 4 Mile Pub, our usual place for our lunch. We will see everyone on June 6th for our next BMO Pensioners summer get-together!

To see the pictures, Click Here.

Thanks to Joan Firkins for sharing.


Bankers Lunch in Brantford - January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020

These are the pictures from the January 16, 2020 lunch at the Best Western Hotel (Myra's Grill).

We had a good lunch today with 20 eaters in attendance.  Participation was down somewhat due to some guys playing snowbird someplace in the south and some had other things on the ToDo list.  Weather was a lot better this time with clear skys and no snow except for a small streamer that hit us at Ingersoll on the way home.

To see all the pictures Click Here.

Thanks to Chuck Joynt for sharing.

Membership Milestone Reached !!

January 11, 2020

We have reached a new landmark, with the registration of Murray Dowey, at  # 3300





2019 Annual Quebec Pensioners' Luncheon - Montreal

January 11, 2020

Here are the pictures for the 2019 Quebec pensioners' luncheon.

To see all 120 Photos from this luncheon, CLICK HERE

Thanks Daniel Jarry for sharing.






Brantford Ontario Yearly Luncheon

January 8, 2020

We met for lunch and conversation on December 6, 2019

Thanks Leslie Hartt for sharing.

Sometime in 1979 or 1980 at Market Square Branch in London

January 7, 2020

Just came across this picture - Market Square Branch in London, some time in 1979 or 1980. For a bigger sized picture go to Photo Gallery - 2020

Names - I can’t remember them all but hopefully others can fill in the gaps or correct my mistakes. Apologies to those I don’t remember. I should have written down the names at the time. 

Front row:Terry Miko, ?, Mary Clayton, ?, I think her name was Joan ?,
Next row: Laura Bain, Rod Chapman, Bud Pretli, Don Kyle, Art Thompson, Fred Mensink, Jim Mundy
Next row: ?, ?, ?, ?, Jean Gerry (Sisco), Fern Bason, Laurie (don’t remember the last name), Lou Ditty, ?,
Next Row: Nancy Alvaro, ?, ?, ? (Lady looking to the side), ? Maureen (don’t remember the last name, but she was English), Mary Brady, ?
Back row: Me, Ed Brown, ?, Stu Ridley, Louise - don’t remember last name, Natalie Erskine, ?, Nancy Patterson, ?,  Wayne Thar  

Thanks Alan Coulson for sharing.

BOMPA - Vancouver Island - Retired bankers keep on truckin’!

December 30, 2019

A breakfast tradition that started roughly 20 years ago is continuing well into these bankers retirement years! The group originally met weekly on Friday mornings and now continues the tradition monthly! This picture was from the recent Christmas breakfast in Victoria and from the looks on everyone’s faces, they are all enjoying one another’s company! Only one non-retired banker in the bunch – Mike Cridge, Senior Private Banker and Director BMO Harris Bank – he must be being groomed for his eventual retirement!

Pictured L-R:  Dave Fraser, Bob White, Larry McMahon, Mike Cridge, Norm Pfeiffer, Denis Courchene, Guy Whitman (Crease & Co.), Eric Donald, John Clarke, Dave Green (Nesbitt)

Thanks to Joan Firkins for sharing.




BOMPA BC Lower Mainland – An Afternoon at the Races

December 22, 2019

Last year’s Day at the Races was a lot of fun, the buffet was good, a race was named after us and the horses were so glad to trot around the track, albeit too slowly in some cases.  We have a section for our group booked, but need to fill it up to keep it and our deposit.  So, if you are interested, mark your calendar for a fun filled day at the races (friends, relatives, etc. are welcome).  We are working on a means to provide BOMPA members a modest discount but you don’t need to be a member to attend.  Contact Elsie ( or 604-278-9278) or Earl ( or 604-574-1621) by January 2nd to register and be eligible for the member’s discount.

  • Where: Elements Casino Surrey – 17755 60th Avenue, Surrey, B.C.  Enter by main doors and proceed up stairs or elevator to the HOMESTRETCH.
  • When: Sunday, January 26th, 2020
  • Cost: $19.95/person + tax (plus refreshments, programs and perhaps some bets)
  • Time: Doors Open at 12:00pm; Buffet Open 12:00 noon to 2:00pm; First Race at 12:45pm

Thanks Ron Gillies for the information.

BC Lower Mainland Christmas Lunch

December 22, 2019

On Friday, December 6th roughly 300 pensioners gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver for their annual Christmas lunch. Everyone used the opportunity to catch up with friends and former colleagues. Thanks to BMO for once again giving us this opportunity to stay connected with each other. President Cheryl Fiddis spoke on behalf of BOMPA and James Kitamura (Regional President Personal Banking) and Paul Seipp (Regional President Business Banking) gave us an update on happenings at the bank. Till next year……...

To see all the pictures, please CLICK HERE.

Thanks to Ron Gillies for sharing.



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