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BMO Financial Group

April 30, 2014 07:10 ET

BMO Financial Group Experts Share Broad Range of Treasury and Payments Insights at 2014 Windy City Summit in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Apr 30, 2014) -

  • Across seven diverse sessions, BMO Financial Group experts will provide insight to help financial executives address top opportunities and challenges in e-payments, cross-border banking, and integrated business banking.
  • Experts draw from BMO Harris Bank Treasury & Payment Solutions' insightful and advice-driven approach to provide much-needed clarity in today's complex treasury and payments environment.

As part of its longstanding commitment to bring clarity to financial decisions, BMO Financial Group (BMO) today announced that it will be presenting seven advanced track sessions at the Windy City Summit in Chicago, May 7-9.

BMO's lineup of presenters will explore some of the most pressing issues that treasury and finance executives are facing -- including ways to optimize payables and receivables to improve cash flow, understanding how chip and PIN (EMV) migrations will impact corporate payments, and gaining efficiencies within cross-border banking.

BMO presenters include:

Sandra Larin, Director, Strategy & Workforce Effectiveness, Treasury & Payment Solutions:

  • A Broader View: A Working Capital-Focused Approach to Treasury & Payments demonstrates how taking a working capital-focused approach to understanding the needs of the business can be a transformative strategy for treasury & payment professionals, and explores holistic approaches to treasury & payment conversations and analytics that drive greater operating efficiencies, reduced costs, and improved buy-pay channels.

Steve Pedersen, VP, North American Corporate Card Products, Treasury & Payment Solutions:

  • As a Buyer... and a Supplier: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Electronic Payments demonstrates why electronic payments are the key to happier buying and selling relationships, and how to reap maximum benefits of ePayments as a buyer and as a supplier.
  • Demystifying Chip and PIN: What EMV Means for Corporate Payments illustrates the road ahead for EMV migration in the U.S., and answers many of the burning questions that still remain -- including how it will change corporate payments, and how businesses can get ahead of the curve today.

Cindy Rynka, Regional Leader, Corporate Finance Division, Treasury & Payment Solutions:

  • Constructing a Treasurer's Bridge Across the U.S.-Canadian Border details how unique legislation, governing bodies, and customer preferences have shaped distinct banking environments in the U.S. and Canada, and provides insight into how to navigate the different banking practices, economic conditions, regulatory differences, and banking nuances between the two countries.

Jack Kosmoski, VP, Product, Treasury & Payment Solutions:

  • Lessons Learned from the Integrated Receivables Frontier explores the receivables challenges facing many organizations -- through real-world examples and success stories -- and evaluates Integrated Receivables and how it can be implemented.

Mike Weissglas, Head of North American Merchant Services & Payments Partnerships, Treasury & Payment Solutions:

  • Mobile Payments: Making Sense of All the Noise -- and What It Will Mean for Merchants joins industry participants for a panel discussion to explore how mobile payments are changing customer relationships forever, and how merchants can best prepare themselves to compete in a mobile world.

Keith Olson, Director, North American Business Development at Moneris -- a joint investment of BMO Financial Group:

  • Solving the Card Data Security Dilemma with Technology Solutions will explore solutions and strategies can help ensure that merchants are able to sufficiently secure sensitive card data -- and will provide a real-world example of how one company locked down its data without sacrificing brand or balance sheet.

BMO Harris Bank Treasury & Payment Solutions: Maximizing Every Dollar
BMO's extensive assembly of speakers at Windy City demonstrates the strengths of its newly formed Treasury & Payment Solutions division: Deep industry expertise, an emphasis on in-depth analysis of businesses' financial opportunities and challenges, and a consultative approach to commercial banking client relationships.

"New tools and technologies have enabled financial executives to be more sophisticated in how they manage treasury and payments, but finding the right approach is more complicated and challenging than ever," said Andrew Irvine, Senior Vice President and Head, North American Treasury & Payment Solutions, BMO Financial Group. "Working with a bank that understands your business and treats you like a partner -- and not just a customer -- can clarify these decisions, and ensure you manage treasury and payments in the most effective and efficient way possible."

BMO Harris Bank Treasury & Payment Solutions enhances and streamlines customers' management of payables, receivables, and investments by engineering unique integrated solutions that integrate easily into current work streams, and provide unprecedented visibility and controls.

"Our singular mission is serving our customers and addressing their needs -- not selling our solutions," said Irvine. "By engaging our customers in proactive and ongoing conversations, we ensure we continually meet their evolving needs and identify new opportunities to streamline their business, and strengthen their competitive advantage."

About BMO Harris Bank Treasury and Payment Solutions
BMO Harris Bank Treasury & Payment Solutions helps clients manage their cash flow and optimize working capital -- wherever they do business. Through an ongoing and disciplined advisory approach, we work with clients to understand their needs, and offer a full range of treasury and payment solutions for businesses of all sizes. Our knowledgeable advisors offer extensive industry expertise and in-depth analysis. We support our clients across North America through BMO Capital Markets, and through BMO Bank of Montreal in Canada and BMO Harris Bank in the U.S.

About BMO Financial Group
Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services organization based in North America. The bank offers a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers. BMO Financial Group had total assets of $593 billion and more than 45,500 employees at January 31, 2014.

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