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WORLD SUMMIT OF INDIGENOUS ENTREPRENEURS
WORLD TRADE UNIVERSITY GLOBAL SECRETARIATE
INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, CANADA

Held on August 18, 19 and 20, 2003
In Toronto, Ontario, Canada

BMO PRESS RELEASE:


Indigenous Entrepreneurs from Across Globe Set to Attend Groundbreaking Summit in Toronto

TORONTO, August 14, 2003 - On Monday, August 18, some 300 aboriginal, native and First Nation entrepreneurs from more than 40 countries will attend the World Summit of Indigenous Entrepreneurs to share their business experiences and exchange ideas. The Summit will last from August 18 to August 20 and is being hosted by BMO Financial Group at its Institute for Learning facility in Toronto.

The international conference will provide a forum and networking platform for indigenous peoples to form business relationships, international joint ventures, and professional partnerships. The Summit will also facilitate a mechanism for shared dialogue to develop a better understanding among indigenous entrepreneurs, governments, multilateral agencies and private sector organizations.

"This Summit provides a great forum for indigenous business people from across the globe to showcase their successes, build on their own professional learnings and help others in the indigenous community develop successful business models and strategies," said Ron Jamieson, Chair of the Summit and Senior Vice-President of BMO Bank of Montreal's Aboriginal Banking Division.

"We are extremely fortunate to have indigenous representatives from a wide range of industries at this event including entrepreneurs who have succeeded in sectors as diverse as Mining and Minerals and other natural resources industries to the IT Sector and Financial Services," said Surjit Chowdhury, Executive Director of the Institute for Leadership Development, the global coordinator of the event.

Attending the event will be CEOs and executives from some of the world's leading indigenous private sector companies, senior multilateral and government officials responsible for indigenous affairs and economic development, and leaders from some of the most economically successful regional and national indigenous peoples' initiatives.

Also attending the event as Honorary Secretary-General will be the Hon. Ethel Blondin-Andrew, Secretary of State, Government of Canada and other senior officials from the Federal and Provincial governments.

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Media Contacts:

BMO Financial Group
Ralph Marranca, (416) 867-3996

The institute for Leadership Development
Surjit Chowdhury, (416) 650-8081