BMO Capital Markets to Host 22nd Annual Global Metals & Mining Conference
Industry leaders from 25 countries and six continents to attend one of the largest metals and mining investor conferences in the world

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/18/13 -- BMO Capital Markets will be hosting its annual Global Metals & Mining Conference from February 24 to February 27, 2013, in Hollywood, Florida. Now in its 22nd year, the conference will bring together metals and mining industry leaders and institutional investors from around the world.

This year, BMO Capital Markets welcomes more than 1400 institutional and industry professionals and more than 250 companies representing 25 countries from six continents.

"Our conference is a preeminent event in the mining industry and we are once again happy to host leading companies from the around the globe," said Tom Milroy, Chief Executive Officer, BMO Capital Markets. "This annual event provides a forum for executives and investors to discuss the influences that are driving the industry today."

Companies scheduled to present at the conference include:


--  Agnico-Eagle Mines (AEM)
--  Agrium (AGU)
--  Antofagasta (ANTO)
--  Barrick Gold (ABX)
--  Cameco (CCO)
--  Franco-Nevada (FNV)
--  Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX)
--  Glencore (GLEN)
--  Goldcorp (GG)
--  Kinross Gold (KGC)
--  Mosaic (MOS)
--  Newmont Mining (NEM)
--  PotashCorp (POT)
--  Rio Tinto (RIO)
--  Teck (TCK)

The three-day event is anchored by the BMO Capital Markets Metals & Mining Equity Research team. With 11 dedicated metals and mining analysts in Toronto, London, and Denver, BMO covers more than 150 companies, making it one of the largest mining research efforts in the world.

"China remains the key driver for metals demand," said Tony Robson, Co-Head Mining Research, BMO Capital Markets. "We are cautiously optimistic that improving economic indicators coming out of China, as well as out of the U.S., will have a positive impact on commodity stocks in 2013."

"We expect that continued growth in China, along with potential clarity from policy makers on the metals and mining industry and improving demand for commodities from developed countries, will lead investors to increase their exposure to the sector," added David Haughton, Co-Head Mining Research, BMO Capital Markets. "In particular, BMO Research favours copper, iron ore and gold as commodities that will see strong returns in 2013."

Members of the BMO Metals & Mining Equity Research Group include:


--  David Haughton, Co-Head Mining Research, Precious Metals Analyst
--  Tony Robson, Co-Head Mining Research, Base Metals Analyst
--  Meredith Bandy, Research Analyst, Coal Mining
--  Stephen Bonnyman, Research Analyst, Base Metals
--  Andrew Breichmanas, Research Analyst, Gold
--  Jessica Fung, Research Analyst, Commodities
--  John Hayes, Research Analyst, Mining Exploration
--  Joel Jackson, Research Analyst, Fertilizers
--  Andrew Kaip, Research Analyst, Silver and Gold
--  Brian Quast, Research Analyst, Precious Metals
--  Edward Sterck, Research Analyst, Uranium and Diamonds

A list of participating companies can be viewed here and an up-to-the-minute agenda can be viewed here.

Members of the media who would like to gain access to a webcast of the conference or who would like to arrange telephone interviews are required to register directly with BMO Media Relations.

Contacts:
BMO Media Relations
Alexis Brown
(416) 867-3996
alexis.brown@bmo.com

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