National Bank donates $500,000 to the Fondation de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal

Montreal, 5 January 2006 - 

National Bank is pleased to contribute to the objectives of the Fondation de l'Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur with a $500,000 donation to its major fundraising campaign.

The money raised will help enhance the quality of care and services provided to the hospital’s clients, in particular by funding projects to improve facilities such as the Mother-Infant Unit and the Child Psychiatry Wing. The funds will also be used to purchase new specialized medical equipment and further orthopaedic and schizophrenia research.

In 2004, the Bank and its subsidiaries, thorough corporate donations, sponsorships, in-branch fundraising activities and various benefit events, gave $12 million to hundreds of Canadian education, health care, cultural and community organizations.

More information on the many causes and projects the Bank supports as part of its commitment to the communities it serves can be found in the Bank’s Social Responsibility Report on its website at www.nbc.ca.

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

Caption:
National Bank presents the Fondation de l'Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal with a $500,000 donation. Pictured are (from left to right): Lévis R. Doucet, Vice-President – Commercial Banking for Montreal at National Bank, and Chairman of the Board of the Foundation; Gabriel Groulx, CA, Consulting Partner at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Chairman of the Board of Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal; Lino Saputo Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Saputo Inc. and Co-Chairman of the Foundation’s 2005-2009 fundraising campaign; Réal Raymond, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank; Paule Doré, Executive Vice-President and Chief Corporate Officer of CGI and Co-Chairman of the Foundation’s 2005-2009 fundraising campaign; Mario-Olivier Massie, President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of the Foundation; Tony Meti, Senior Vice-President – Commercial Banking and International at National Bank and Chairman of the Foundation’s Major Gifts Committee.

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

Johanne Bissonnette
Public Relations Department

National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-5000 ext.: 2618