TODAY-MEDIA ADVISORY/CONFERENCE CALL: 2012 BMO North American Auto Panel-Will Consumers Continue to Rev Their Engines in the Coming Year?

Leading auto expert Maryann Keller to offer insights into the road ahead


TORONTO, ONTARIO and CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(Marketwire -02/09/12)- With the North American auto show season in high gear with manufacturers showcasing a wide selection of new products, will consumers in Canada and the U.S. return to auto showrooms and drive light vehicle sales higher this year? Today BMO Financial Group is hosting a media conference call to discuss the challenges and growth opportunities in this key economic sector.

Three experts will provide their insight on the Canadian and U.S. markets and address areas including:


       - An overview of the industry, including market participants,
         dynamics of the environment, competition/market share, inventories
         and pricing
       - Consumer demand, confidence, and buying preferences
       - Canada/U.S dealership networks
       - Opportunities and challenges

WHAT:    2012 BMO North American Auto Panel

       - Maryann Keller, President of Maryann Keller and Associates, LLC
       - Robert Sadokierski, Vice President, Dealership Finance, BMO Bank of
       - Ghram Debes, Managing Director, Head of Dealership Finance, BMO
         Harris Bank

(i) Panel will be moderated by Bernard Simon, Vice-President, Kingsdale
Communications Inc. and former North American Automotive Correspondent for
the Financial Times.

WHEN:            Thursday, February 9, 2012, 11 AM (ET)

MEDIA DIAL IN:   416-695-7806, or 888-789-9572, Pass code: 8607753



Paul Cunliffe, Toronto
(416) 867-3996
Patrick O'Herlihy, Chicago
(312) 461-6970
Sarah Bensadoun, Montreal
(514) 877-8224
Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596

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