Calgary – BMO Bank of Montreal and the Calgary Stampede are proud to introduce BMO Kids’ Day Junior Reporter contest winners, Saboor Zeeshan, age 10, and Baindu Sambola, age 11, both from Calgary.

The two young contest winners will be the official Stampede roaming Junior Reporters for BMO Kids’ Day and will take on Stampede Park, reporting on all the exciting events and activities. The Jr. Reporters will even get interviews with rodeo cowboys, chuckwagon drivers, entertainers, plus they’ll tackle a few media interviews of their own.

“We’re happy to bring families to experience the Calgary Stampede, and to provide prospective journalists that chance to hone their skills through the BMO Jr. Reporter Contest,” says Susan Brown, senior vice president, Alberta and Northwest Territories Division, BMO Bank of Montreal. “As the official bank of the Calgary Stampede, BMO’s longstanding partnership with the Stampede makes events like this possible.”

Courtesy of BMO Bank of Montreal, Saboor and Baindu will each receive a $2,500 BMO Intuition® RESP (Registered Education Savings Plan), Evening Show tickets, western outfits, Midway ride coupons and the opportunity to provide their schools, Sam Livingston School and West Dover School, respectively, with $1,500 cash for school supplies.

The contest period, which took place between April 1, through June 3, allowed interested southern Albertan candidates (12 and under) to submit a unique and original half page news story as though they were a reporter for the Calgary Stampede. Finalists were chosen on June 17 and following final interviews, Saboor and Baindu were notified on June 19 they had been selected as the BMO Kids’ Day Junior Reporter contest winners.

Since becoming the official bank of the Calgary Stampede in 1899, BMO Bank of Montreal and the Stampede have had a partnership for more than 100 years. Despite hardships, the long-standing partnership has brought communities together year-after-year.


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About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.


About BMO and the Calgary Stampede

BMO Bank of Montreal’s ties to the Calgary Stampede are long and remarkable. The relationship between BMO and the Calgary Stampede is the oldest business relationship in Western Canada, dating back to 1884. BMO has been the banker to the Calgary Exhibition since 1899 when lands were christened at Victoria Park.  The Agricultural Society had purchased 94 acres of land from the Dominion of Canada and built a race track, cattle sheds and an exhibition building. BMO continued as the banker in 1912 when the first rodeo took place and it became the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.

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For more information, please contact:

Neil Hilts

Jessica Leroux

Media Relations Coordinator

Media Relations, Corporate Communications

Calgary Stampede

BMO Financial Group

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T 416.867.8966

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C 416.453.5823