New Podcast Series Hosted by Pamela Wallin Tackles Issues Facing Boomers Approaching Retirement

    TORONTO, March 8 /CNW/ - BMO Financial Group has launched its ongoing
podcast series about Canada's new retirement reality. Each episode will
examine an emerging issue facing Canadian boomers who are approaching
retirement and will offer practical advice about how they can manage these
issues in the context of family, health, finances, work and play.
    Over the course of the series, BMO will draw upon experts from fields
such as medicine, elder care, law, public policy, and financial services, to
provide information and guidance to boomers about planning for the important
'next phase' of their lives.
    Pamela Wallin, a journalist for more than 30 years and a member of BMO
Financial Group's Advisory Council on Retirement, hosts the inaugural podcasts
which will be released over the coming weeks. The first three podcasts will
feature interviews with Dr. Michael Baker, Physician-in-Chief of the
University Health Network in Toronto and Professor of Medicine at the
University of Toronto and Don Coxe, Global Portfolio Strategist for BMO
Financial Group. Both are also members of BMO's Advisory Council on
Retirement. Ms. Wallin and her guests will discuss:

    -   The medical implications of aging and how lifestyle changes can help
        us lead longer, healthier lives
    -   The role of medical testing in disease prevention and what common
        medical tests you should expect to receive from your doctor
    -   How retirement planning is changing as we experience a major
        demographic shift, resulting in fewer young people and more retirees.

    "This series of podcasts will provide Canadians with insights into a host
of topics that are relevant and timely to the concerns of pre-retirees," said
Kris Vikmanis, Head of Retirement Market, BMO Financial Group. "We want to
make this knowledge easily accessible to busy Canadian boomers by allowing
them to download and play the podcasts at their convenience, whether they are
sitting at their computer, running errands or working out."
    The podcasts can be downloaded from BMO Financial Group's Retirement Your
Way microsite at

    BMO Financial Group and the New Retirement

    Recognizing that retirement is changing for most Canadians, BMO Financial
Group is committed to helping clients understand the new issues and challenges
they face heading into retirement, while providing flexible and personalized
options for mitigating them. BMO's microsite,,
provides an overview of the new realities to consider in the retirement
planning process, supplemented with case studies and external resources that
are updated on an ongoing basis.
    BMO Financial Group has also formed a panel of distinguished Canadians
representing a variety of fields to counsel the organization on emerging
issues related to the changing realities of retirement. BMO's Advisory Council
on Retirement is chaired by John MacNaughton, former CEO and founding
President of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, former President of BMO
Nesbitt Burns and a director of major Canadian corporations. Council members
come from a variety of disciplines, including medicine, law, broadcasting,
public policy and research. The other members are: Dr. Michael Baker, Mel
Cappe, Don Coxe, Allan Gregg, Elena Hoffstein, Moshe A. Milevsky, and Pamela

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(416) 867-3996; Lucie Gosselin, Montreal,, (514)
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