Over $1 million donated to Centraide of Greater Montreal by National Bank and its employees

Montreal, 14 December 2004 - 

When Centraide of Greater Montreal announced the results of its 2004 campaign, National Bank had the honour of making a donation of $1,058,789.  This amount represents the funds collected from both active and retired employees in the Greater Montreal area as well as a corporate donation from the Bank.

“This generous donation is a record for National Bank,” stated Réal Raymond, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank.  “Credit for the outstanding success of this year's Centraide campaign at the Bank goes to the many coordinators and employees who came up with novel and ingenious ways to encourage everyone to give.  Once again, the Bank and its employees have shown just how committed they are to promoting the well-being of the community,” he added.

Across the country, National Bank employees also participated in the United Way/ Centraide campaign in their respective regions. Their contributions combined with that of the Bank totalled over $1.6 million, an increase of 10% over the amount contributed last year.

A photo is available and may be obtained by contacting Public Relations.

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Left to right:   Réal Raymond, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank, Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal, and Robert Marchand, Coordinator of the Centraide campaign for National Bank employees

About National Bank
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 customers elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including 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. National Bank has close to $89 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs nearly 16,500 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.

Information: (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives):

Denis Dubé
Director – Public Relations
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-8644