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Media Advisory-BMO Hosts Media Forum on Canadian Manufacturing

BMO, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, and Canadian Chamber of Commerce Examine Challenges and Opportunities



TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 18, 2012) - Canada's manufacturing sector is dealing with a changing landscape. A new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development highlights the challenges of manufacturing in Canada since 2000 and the steep rise in the loonie. Furthermore, businesses have been called upon to increase productivity and rely less on traditional export markets and look at emerging markets.

However, despite continued global unrest, there are positive signs. Nearly 115,000 manufacturing jobs were created over the past six months, the most for any similar period. Canadian factories were at 81 per cent of potential capacity in the first quarter, the highest level in nearly five years.

The outlook for the manufacturing sector will be featured in a media panel on Wednesday, June 20. The panel members include Jayson Myers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada's largest industry and trade association; Tina Kremmidas, Chief Economist, Chamber of Commerce, representing a network of 200,000 businesses; and Cathy Pin, Vice President, BMO Commercial Banking.

WHAT: Media are invited to a panel conference call on Wednesday, June 20 at 11 a.m. ET featuring experts who will discuss the following topics:
What is the outlook for Canadian manufacturers over the next 12 months?
How will the economy impact Canadian businesses?
What are the prospects for improving business productivity in the current environment?
Which provinces and industries will lead the way?
Are Canadian businesses well positioned to expand exports into emerging markets?
WHO: Jayson Myers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Tina Kremmidas, Chief Economist, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Cathy Pin, Vice President, BMO Commercial Banking
WHEN: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. ET
WHERE: Media are invited to participate through conference call:
Toronto: 416-695-6277
North American Toll Free: 877-405-9213
International: 800-8989-6336
Participant Passcode for call: 7343734

Please contact us at 416-867-3996 to confirm attendance or if you have any questions.

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly-diversified North American financial services organization. With total assets of $525 billion as at April 30, 2012, and more than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions.

Media Contacts:
Paul Cunliffe, Toronto
(416) 867-3996
paul.cunliffe@bmo.com

Ronald Monet, Montreal
(514) 877-1873
ronald.monet@bmo.com

Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596
laurie.grant@bmo.com

Internet: www.bmo.com
Twitter: @BMOmedia