MEDIA ADVISORY-New Era of Prosperity: BMO Financial Group Hosts Media Panel On Economic Future of Canada's Aboriginal Community

MEDIA ADVISORY-New Era of Prosperity: BMO Financial Group Hosts Media Panel On 
Economic Future of Canada's Aboriginal Community 
The next decade of defining opportunities and challenges to be
revealed in inaugural panel on the eve of Aboriginal Day 
- President of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and Head of
Aboriginal Banking for BMO outline major changes that will impact
Canada and the Aboriginal community  
- Labour shortage: BMO's Diversity Recruiter, Aboriginal Banking, to
discuss how Canada's impending skills deficit can be addressed by the
untapped talent of Aboriginal peoples  
- Financial Evolution: Increased access to funding bolsters new
infrastructure and revenue streams 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/19/13 -- Canada is facing a
fundamental shift in how it will meet future labour needs as an aging
population retires from the labour pool. The Aboriginal population is
projected to grow at double the pace of non-Aboriginals between now
and 2031. Meanwhile the number of Aboriginal entrepreneurs is far
outpacing their non-Native counterparts at a ratio of 4 to 1. There
are many opportunities for Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals to benefit
from this expected growth, whether it is by filling jobs in a booming
Western Canada or working with companies on reserve land to form
partnerships and efficiently extract resources. 
To mark National Aboriginal Day on June 21 - which will celebrate the
cultures and contributions of Canada's First Nations - BMO will host
a panel to discuss the economic progress of the Aboriginal
communities and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. 
Media are invited to dial in to a panel conference call featuring
experts from BMO and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business who
will discuss a number of topics, including: 

--  How the makeup of funding for Aboriginal entrepreneurs and communities
    has evolved over the last decade; 
--  How unprecedented financial resources available through the First
    Nations Finance Authority are leading to infrastructure growth on
--  Why companies should dedicate time and efforts to hiring, developing and
    retaining Aboriginal employees 
--  Which provinces are set to attract Aboriginal talent before others 


--  JP Gladu, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business 
--  Stephen Fay, Head, Aboriginal Banking, BMO Financial Group 
--  James McKay, Diversity Recruiter, Aboriginal Peoples, BMO Financial

Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. ET 

--  Dial in: (416) 641-2144 / (866) 696-5910 
--  Passcode: 3762253 

To confirm your participation, please contact Alexis Brown at or (416) 867-3996. 
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 $555 billion as at April 30, 2013 and more than
46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of
personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment
banking products and solutions.
News Contacts:
Alexis Brown, Toronto
(416) 867-3996 
Russell Baker, Toronto
(416) 867-3996
Twitter: @BMOMedia
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