Réal Raymond to Speak at National Bank Financial Canadian Financial Services Conference

Montreal, 27 March 2006 - 

Réal Raymond, President and Chief Executive Officer at National Bank, will speak on Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at 2:30 p.m., at the National Bank Financial Canadian Financial Services Conference in Montréal.

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 1:30 p.m. on March 29. A replay will then be available for a 30 day period.

About 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. 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. 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):

Hélène Baril
Director, Investor Relations
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-0296