Montreal, November 18, 2002 - National Bank honoured for its website

Montreal, 18 November 2002 - 

Montreal, November 14, 2002 – National Bank of Canada was honoured for the quality of its new website with the first prize in the Portal category, awarded at an E-business gala by the Quebec Ministère de la Culture et des Communications.

“A lot of effort went into revamping our informational and transactional website, and we're very proud that our work has been recognized by the industry,” said Michel Lozeau, Senior Vice-President, E-Commerce at the National Bank. “Internet users will appreciate our new streamlined style that makes navigating the site much faster and more efficient. All the products and services of the Bank and its subsidiaries are now centralized at www.nbc.ca. Receiving this prize from an independent jury is a sure sign of our new portal's success,” Mr. Lozeau added.

The 3rd edition of the Gala des affaires électroniques, organized by InterDoc Corporation, was held on November 7. The purpose of the event is to honour companies that have shown outstanding creativity, knowledge and vision in their use of E-business technologies. Thirty-two companies competed in 11 different categories, including four in the Portal category.

About National Bank of Canada

National Bank of Canada is an integrated group which provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. The National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. The National Bank has assets of over $75 billion and, together with its subsidiaries, employs over 17,000 people. The Bank's securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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Information (the following telephone number and e-mail address are intended solely for the use of journalists and other media representatives):

National Bank of Canada
Denis Dubé
Director of Public Relations
Tel.: (514) 394-8644
E-mail: denis.dube@bnc.ca