BMO Bank of Montreal

BMO Bank of Montreal

November 04, 2011 08:00 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Economic Challenges Offer Opportunities for Canada's Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 4, 2011) - Sal Guatieri, Vice President and Senior Economist at BMO Financial Group, will present an economic outlook for 2012 and share his views on the challenges and opportunities for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at FEI Canada's 4th Annual SME Conference 2011: Driving Growth and Expansion taking place on Thursday, November 10, 2011, at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

In this session, Guatieri will present his forecast for the 2012 economy, along with recommendations on how SMEs can take advantage of changes taking place in the Canadian and world economies. Guatieri will also outline opportunities for smaller firms to make the most of the strong dollar and low interest rates by investing in new equipment and technology, and identifying new markets around the world.

Mr. Guatieri will be available to the news media immediately following his presentation to discuss his outlook and views in more detail.

Eric Hart, Director of Corporate Payment Products at BMO Financial Group, will supply opening remarks and will also be available, following Mr. Guatieri's presentation, to provide insights into how the latest payment industry solutions can help SMEs overcome these economic headwinds and better manage their working capital.

WHO: Sal Guatieri, Vice President and Senior Economist, BMO Financial Group
WHAT: Economic Impact on Canada's Small- and Mid-Sized Firms
WHEN: November 10, 2011, 8:45-9:40 a.m. EST
Post-presentation interview opportunities with both Guatieri and Hart are available
WHERE: FEI Canada's 4th Annual SME Conference 2011: Driving Growth and Expansion
Mississauga Convention Centre, 75 Derry Road West, Mississauga, ON

About BMO Spend & Payment Solutions

A division of BMO Financial Group, BMO Spend & Payment Solutions is a leading commercial card, and spend and payment solutions provider in North American. BMO Spend & Payment Solutions' products are widely used by corporations, non-profit and government-sector organizations to manage, control and gain better visibility into their commercial spending and payments. For more information, visit

About FEI Canada

Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada) is the all-industry professional membership association for senior financial executives. With eleven chapters across Canada and more than 2,000 members, FEI Canada provides professional development, thought leadership and advocacy services to its members. The association membership, which consists of Chief Financial Officers, Audit Committee Directors and senior executives in the Finance, Controller, Treasury and Taxation functions, represents a significant number of Canada's leading and most influential corporations.

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