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Douglas Porter Named Chief Economist of BMO Capital Markets


TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2012) - BMO Capital Markets, the investment and corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (TSX:BMO)(NYSE:BMO), today announced that Douglas Porter has been appointed Chief Economist, BMO Capital Markets, effective February 1, 2013.

"Doug excels in interpreting and communicating the impact of key economic and financial data for businesses and investors," said Mike Miller, Head of Equity Products & Research, BMO Capital Markets. "On behalf of everyone at BMO Capital Markets, I congratulate Doug on his appointment and wish him every success in his new role."

As Chief Economist, Mr. Porter will have oversight of BMO Capital Markets' highly capable team of award-winning economists who provide industry-leading insights into the state of the global economy.

"I'm honoured to be given the opportunity to lead our exceptional team of economists," said Mr. Porter. "I am committed to ensuring our capabilities continue to strengthen in the coming years."

Mr. Porter is currently Deputy Chief Economist and has more than 25 years of experience analyzing global economies and financial markets. He has been with BMO since1995 after holding positions of Economist and Country Risk Analyst with other Canadian financial institutions, and also working in the Research Department at the Bank of Canada. In addition to delivering dozens of presentations each year to institutional and corporate clients as well as private investors, he is a frequent commentator on economic and financial trends in the media. In May 2012, he was identified by Bloomberg as the best economic forecaster in Canada for the prior two years.

Mr. Porter holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. He earned his CFA designation in 1995. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Association of Business Economists since 1996 and has been a member of the C.D. Howe's Monetary Policy Council since 2008. He also serves on the Investment Management Committee of the Bank of Montreal's Pension Fund Society.

About BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American financial services provider, with 2,300 employees operating in 29 offices worldwide, including 16 in North America and offering corporate, institutional and government clients access to a complete range of investment and corporate banking products and services. BMO Capital Markets is a member of BMO Financial Group, one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America with total assets of $525 billion and more than 46,000 employees as at October 31, 2012.

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