Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Pathways program ensures success at every step

    Pathways and Ryerson host conference to help students and alumni take the
    next step

    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - Pathways to Education(TM), the program
responsible for dramatically reducing high school dropout rates and
quadrupling post-secondary enrollment in Regent Park, has teamed up with
Ryerson University to host "Success at Every Step", a one-day conference
designed especially for Pathways alumni.
    With the first cohort of Pathways alumni graduating from university this
spring, Pathways and Ryerson want to ensure they have all the tools necessary
to make the next step towards their career aspirations. Grade 12 Pathways
students will also be in attendance to learn about a range of potential
careers in an effort to help them choose the post-secondary institution and
program that's right for them.
    The grade 12 students will have access to a number of different seminars,
including sessions on fashion, DNA, engineering and sociology. The Pathways
alumni will attend a workshop conducted by BMO Capital Markets focused on how
to navigate their career.
    BMO Capital Markets, which supports Pathways via Equity Through
Education(R), will also make a formal cheque presentation to Pathways to
Education Canada in the amount of $1 million - the total amount that the
organization has donated thus far.
    "Pathways to Education has produced spectacular results, by providing
intensive individualized and multi-faceted support adapted to the specific
needs of each student and his or her family and social circumstances," said L.
Jacques Ménard, Chairman of BMO Capital Markets and a champion of Equity
Through Education, a charitable initiative whose mission includes providing
access to education for individuals who might not otherwise have the
opportunity. Mr. Ménard, who chaired the action group on student retention and
academic success in Quebec, added: "We have much to learn from the Pathways
experience that can be implemented in communities across the country."

    WHERE:    Ted Rogers School of Management
              55 Dundas Street West
              Toronto, Ontario
              (*)Parking available off Bay south of Dundas under the
              Eaton Centre

    DATE:     Saturday, June 20, 2009

    TIME:     11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    WHO:      Speakers:
              David Hughes, President and CEO, Pathways to Education
              O'Neil Edwards, Director, Post-Secondary, Mentoring & Alumni
               Relations, Pathways to Education
              Rona Abramovitch, Outreach and Access Advisor, Ryerson
              CJ Gavsie, Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets

        -  All speakers plus the Pathways students and alumni and workshop
           leaders will be available for interviews and photos

    About Pathways for Education -

    Pathways to Education Canada is a community-based charitable organization
that is reducing poverty and its effects by lowering the dropout rate and
increasing access to post-secondary education among disadvantaged youth.
Pathways was developed by the Regent Park Community Health Centre which
launched the initial program in 2001 and now operates in six communities, with
programs in Toronto (Regent Park, Lawrence Heights, and Rexdale), as well as
Kitchener, Ottawa and Montreal.

    About BMO's Equity Through Education Program -

    Equity Through Education(R), is a charitable initiative launched by BMO
Capital Markets in 2005 to help people realize their educational ambitions by
giving them opportunities to pursue those goals. Some of the proceeds from
Equity Through Education, which has raised a total of $6.6 million to date,
are used to fund the Pathways bursary program. Equity Through Education
proceeds have funded more than 200 Pathways students. The bursaries fund
post-secondary applications and/or tuition fees.

For further information:

For further information: Alexandra Pecoskie, Optimum Public Relations,
(416) 306-6784,; Kim Hanson, BMO Capital
Markets, (416) 867-3996,

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