National Bank donates over $1 million to the Quartier international de Montréal

Montreal, 13 April 2006 - 

National Bank is pleased to contribute to the strategic development of Montreal’s international district with a $1.075 million donation to the Quartier international de Montréal (QIM). This non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting Montreal’s international profile by giving this area of the city a unique, contemporary urban design.

“National Bank is proud to support this major project which provides a showcase for Quebec artists and designers. We believe in the power of art to add life and colour to public spaces,” affirmed Réal Raymond, the Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

A resident of the city’s international district, National Bank is the principal partner of the QIM’s Victoria Square concourse and cultural corridor projects. Along the pedestrian culture walk that spans the district, the public can now enjoy three new works of art, created by Dominique Blain, Michel Goulet and Isabelle Hayeur. These works are in addition to “Le Grand Jean-Paul”, a sculptural tribute to Riopelle by Roseline Granet, unveiled last fall.

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Denis Dubé
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National Bank of Canada
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