/R E P E A T -- Press invitation - Financial crisis: Are SME owners worried about the future?/

    MONTREAL, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - In light of the current economic
upheaval, are SME owners worried about the future of their companies? How will
they deal with the formidable challenges awaiting them in the near and longer
term? These questions and more will be addressed by Jean-Marc Léger, CEO of
Léger Marketing, on October 29 at a seminar organized jointly by the
Solidarity Fund QFL and HEC Montréal on the issues of human and financial
capital during these turbulent times.
    Well-known speakers and guests will take to the podium, including the
Fund's chief executive, Yvon Bolduc, the Fund's executive VP of investments,
Gaétan Morin, HEC professors Louise St-Cyr and Alain Gosselin, CIRANO guest
fellow Louise Roy, Solmax CEO Jacques Côté, and the head of Spectra Premium,
Jacques Mombleau.
    The event includes a conference-luncheon, where attendees will have the
privilege of hearing Transcontinental executive chairman Rémi Marcoux speak
about the competitive challenges facing SMEs today.
    Activities revolving around the Fund's 25th anniversary will cap off the
seminar. Over 150 business people are expected at this event, where the media
is also welcome.

    Event:   SME seminar, Solidarity Fund QFL and HEC Montréal
    Theme:  "PME, tirer son épingle du jeu dans les bouleversements actuels :
             les vrais enjeux du capital humain et financier"
    Date:    Wednesday, October 29, 2008
    Time:    8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Place:   HEC Montréal
    Room:    Amphithéâtre IBM

    Interviews:             10:00 - 11:00 a.m. with Yvon Bolduc
                            and Jean-Marc Léger

    Conference-luncheon:    12:00 p.m.
    Room:                   L'Oréal

    Please confirm your presence to the undersigned.

For further information:

For further information: Note: The telephone number provided below is
for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.; Josée
Lagacé, Senior Advisor, Press Relations and Communications, Fonds de
solidarité FTQ, (514) 850-4835, jlagace@fondsftq.com

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