National Bank and the Quebec Breakfast Club: A fruitful partnership

Montreal, 28 February 2006 - 

As part of a recent funding drive, National Bank was pleased to contribute almost $275,000 to the Quebec Breakfast Club representing the proceeds from a branch campaign to sell piggy banks together with a corporate donation.

Last November, the Club started selling piggy banks as a fundraising activity. Through its partnership with National Bank, the Club made the banks available in branches provincewide, enabling them to sell almost 94,000 piggy banks.

“National Bank’s expertise, generosity and branch network have been vital to the Club’s growth,” said Daniel Germain, Founder and President of the Quebec Breakfast Club. “Through the Bank, we’ve been able to raise awareness and appeal to thousands of people to support our cause. Together, we’ve kept our promise to 14,250 deserving young people and will now be able to help even more.”

“We are thrilled that our clients responded so enthusiastically to this cause which is so close to our own corporate values,” added Michel Tremblay, Senior Vice-President – Personal Banking and Wealth Management, National Bank and Honorary President of this initial campaign. “It’s thanks to their generosity and the support of our employees across Quebec, that this initiative was such a success. We are proud to support the Club and will continue to work with them to help children in need next year.”

A photo is available.  To obtain a copy, please call the undersigned.

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As part of a recent funding drive, National Bank was pleased to contribute almost $275,000 to the Quebec Breakfast Club
 representing the proceeds from a branch campaign to sell piggy banks together with a corporate donation. In the photo (left to right):  Michel Tremblay, Senior Vice-President Personal Banking and Wealth Management, National Bank and Honorary President of this campaign and Daniel Germain, Founder and President of the Quebec Breakfast Club.

About the Quebec Breakfast Club
Thanks to the support of its 2,000 volunteers, 170 product and service partners, numerous spokespersons and $1,500,000 in annual donations in cash and kind, the Club served some 1,850,000 breakfasts during the 2004-2005 school year to 14,250 children in 193 participating schools across Quebec.

About National Bank
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group that 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. 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 $108 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 16,890 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 numbers provided below are for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives):

Media relations:
Louise Dugas
Dugas communications
(514) 845-5575

Marie-Claude Bienvenue
Quebec Breakfast Club
Tel. (514) 862-2704 or (450) 641-3230, ext. 224

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