National Bank President and Chief Operating Officer to Speak at Merrill Lynch Canadian Banks' CEO Conference 2002

Montreal, 22 January 2002 - 

Réal Raymond, President and Chief Operating Officer of National Bank of Canada will speak tomorrow, January 23, 2001 at the Merrill Lynch Canadian Banks' CEO Conference 2002. Mr. Raymond is scheduled to begin his presentation at 10:45 a.m.

Mr. Raymond's live audio presentation is accessible via the Investor Relations page of the National Bank web site at www.nbc.ca/investorrelations under the heading Investor Presentation. The presentation slides will be available for viewing and downloading prior to the presentation at approximately 10:00 a.m. the morning of the conference, January 23rd. A replay will not be available.

Source: Elaine Carr, Director, Investor Relations, (514) 394-0296, elaine.carr@bnc.ca