BMO Capital Markets Equity Research Announces New Hires, Expanding in the Consumer and Metals & Mining Sectors



    NEW YORK and TORONTO, May 1 /CNW/ - BMO Capital Markets, the investment
and corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO), has hired
John D. Morris as a Senior Equity Analyst on the firm's Consumer Equity
Research team and Andrew Kaip as a Senior Equity Analyst on its Metals &
Mining Equity Research team.
    "Our expansion in both Consumer and Metals & Mining underscores our
commitment to our well-established strategy of providing our clients with
relevant and actionable investment ideas from smart analysts like John Morris
and Andrew Kaip," said Jack Blackstock, Co-Head of Equity Research, BMO
Capital Markets.
    Paul Campbell, Co-Head, Equity Research, BMO Capital Markets added, "Both
Mr. Morris and Mr. Kaip contribute to BMO's research strength through the
great value of their experience, with John as a respected Wall Street veteran
and industry expert and Andrew as an established geologist and insightful
analyst."

    John D. Morris

    Based in New York, John will follow Retail Apparel companies as part of
the firm's Consumer coverage. John returns to BMO from Wachovia Securities,
where he led the firm's apparel retail efforts since 2006. Prior to that, John
was the senior retail apparel analyst for BMO Capital Markets and its
predecessor firm Gerard Klauer Mattison.
    With more than 15 years of experience covering the specialty apparel
sector of the retail industry, John has been highly ranked in numerous analyst
surveys, including The Wall Street Journal's "Best on The Street" on three
separate occasions. During his earlier tenure at BMO Capital Markets, John
created a proprietary research product named the Sale Rack Index, which tracks
promotional trends among apparel retailers and uses focus groups to conduct
research with consumers. John will continue this approach as part of his
forthcoming research. John earned his BA from Stanford University and his MBA
from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

    Andrew Kaip

    Based in Toronto, Andrew Kaip joins the BMO Capital Markets Global Metals
& Mining Equity Research team of ten analysts, collectively targeting coverage
of more than 120 public companies. For the past five years, Andrew worked as a
mining analyst at Haywood Securities, most recently covering gold and silver
junior exploration and mining companies. Prior to that, he served as a project
and consulting geologist for more than 10 years. Andrew received his B.S. in
Geology from Carleton University and his M.S. in Economic Geology from the
University of British Columbia and is a Professional Geologist.

    About the BMO Capital Markets Equity Research Group

    With more than 70 research analysts, BMO Capital Markets Equity Research
now covers more than 900 companies in industries that include Business
Services; Capital Goods; Consumer & Leisure; Energy, Utilities & Power;
Financial Institutions & REITs; Food & Agribusiness; Healthcare; Media &
Entertainment; Metals & Mining; and Technology & Telecommunications. A
complete list of the firm's U.S. and Canadian equity analyst team and coverage
universe can be viewed at: www.bmocm.com/research/equities.

    About BMO Capital Markets

    BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American financial
services provider offering equity and debt underwriting, corporate lending and
project financing, merger and acquisitions advisory services, merchant
banking, securitization, treasury management, market risk management, debt and
equity research and institutional sales and trading. BMO Capital Markets has
offices in 26 locations around the world, including 14 in North America.
    BMO Capital Markets is a member of BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO),
one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America
with US$361 billion total assets and 37,000 employees as at January 31, 2009.





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For further information: Media Contacts: Orli Namian,
orli.namian@bmo.com, Toronto, (416) 867-4914; Holly Holt, holly.holt@bmo.com,
New York, (212) 885-4153; Internet: www.bmocm.com

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