National Bank President and Chief Executive Officer to Speak at National Bank Financial Canadian Financial Services Conference

Montréal, 5 April 2004 - 

Mr. Réal Raymond, President and Chief Executive Officer - National Bank of Canada, will speak on Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at 1:40 pm, at the National Bank Financial Canadian Financial Services Conference in Montreal.

A webcast of Mr. Raymond's live audio presentation will be accessible via the Investor Relations page of the National Bank web site at www.nbc.ca/investorrelations under the heading Events. The presentation slides will be available for viewing and downloading prior to the presentation at approximately 1:00 p.m. on April 7. A replay will then be available for a one month period.

About the 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 close to $81 billion and, together with its subsidiaries, employs close to 17,000 people. The Bank's securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank's website at www.nbc.ca.

Source: Elaine Carr
Director, Investor Relations
Tel.: (514) 394-0296