OCAD University

Daimler Financial Services and OCAD form innovative

art partnership

Work from Ontario College of Art & Design redefines corporate environment where the gallery meets the workplace
Partnership is first of its kind in Canada
'Experiencing Perspectives' features students, faculty, graduates

(Toronto—December 1, 2009) Daimler Financial Services and the renowned Drawing and Painting program of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) are collaborating to create an ongoing, annual exhibition series titled Experiencing Perspectives.

This exhibition of contemporary work by students, faculty and graduates will be displayed throughout the company's Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, on Matheson Boulevard East. The exhibition will rotate new work into the building every 12 months.

Experiencing Perspectives celebrates the company's launch of a newly formed partnership with OCAD. It is the first and only initiative of its kind in Canada, one that joins established and up-and-coming artists in a non-traditional exhibition approach.

"This is a magnificent opportunity for our graduates to see their artwork in conversation with a whole new audience," said Anda Kubis, Chair of OCAD's Drawing and Painting program. "I applaud Daimler Financial Services for investing in their employees and for recognizing the importance of providing a creative working environment."

Daimler Financial Services launched Experiencing Perspectives last year in its brand new 164,000 square-foot business center facility in Fort Worth, Texas, with the art departments of Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth and Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas.

That initiative was patterned after a similar partnership with Cranbrook Academy of Art in Metro Detroit where graduate students' art has been displayed for the past eight years on a 12-month rotating basis in the company's headquarters in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Brian Fulton, President and CEO of Daimler Financial Services Canada, said employees are excited by the creative experience in their new environment.

"We have the opportunity to fill our work space with cutting-edge, contemporary visual art," Fulton said. "In bringing this art to our employees, it represents our commitment to a creative approach to our business and to serving our dealers and our customers."

Representatives of the Toronto news media are invited to see this exhibition and meet representatives from Daimler Financial's Mississauga office and OCAD at 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, at Daimler Financial Services, 2680 Matheson Boulevard East, Mississauga, Ontario L4W OA5.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

About Daimler Financial Services (DCFS USA LLC)
Daimler Financial Services (DCFS USA LLC), headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., with Business Center operations in Fort Worth, Texas, and Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, provides brand-specific financing for Mercedes-Benz automotive dealers' inventories and their retail customers, and conducts business in the United States luxury car market as Mercedes-Benz Financial. In the U.S. trucking industry, Daimler Financial Services Americas conducts business as Daimler Truck Financial and finances Daimler commercial vehicles branded Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses for dealers and their customers in the fleet, vocational, municipal and owner/operator segments. Daimler Financial Services (DCFS USA LLC) serves as the headquarters for operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, and has approximately 1,600 employees. Daimler Financial Services Americas is a company of the Daimler Financial Services Group, headquartered in Berlin, Germany, which operates in 40 countries with an employee base of close to 6,800. Daimler Financial Services is one of the leading financial services organizations worldwide.

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For more information and images please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

Jack Ferry, Media Relations, Daimler Financial Services DCFS USA LLC

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