National Bank among the 150 most admired companies in Quebec

Montreal, 6 March 2006 - 

National Bank is pleased to once again be listed among the 150 most admired companies in Quebec according to Léger Marketing’s annual survey for the French-language business magazine Commerce.

According to the results, which appear in the March issue, the Bank was ranked 48th, the same position it held in 2005, and the second-best showing among financial institutions.

This recognition is a tribute to the Bank’s efforts to offer outstanding customer service and make a difference in the community. For a services firm like the Bank, the key to success depends on harmoniously balancing the aspirations of our employees, clients, fellow citizens and shareholders.

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 more than  $105 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 16,993 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