National Bank honours its Défi sportif Champions

Montreal, 26 April 2006 - 

In addition to sponsoring the 23rd edition of Défi sportif, which kicks off today, National Bank is pleased to award a bursary to each of the National Bank Défi sportif Champions in recognition of their talent, hard work and dedication to promoting their respective sports.

“National Bank has been a proud sponsor of the National Bank Défi sportif Champions for four years now. Determination and the pursuit of excellence are two values we share with these champions chosen for their athletic achievements, perseverance, and team spirit. They also play a central role in raising awareness both at the Bank and among the public about what people with disabilities can achieve in sports or the workplace,” explained Sylvie Roy, Vice-President – Marketing and Public Affairs at National Bank and Ambassador of Défi sportif.

By partnering with amateur sport, National Bank is able to promote one of its objectives, which is to encourage and spotlight the talents of people who have a physical, intellectual, auditory or visual disability. The Bank believes that diversity, when lived every day, is a competitive advantage and enriches our relationships.

The sporting events will be held until April 30 at four major centres in Montreal, bringing together some 2,800 athletes from several different countries, and hundreds of trainers and volunteers. The Bank would like to congratulate all the athletes and wish them the best of success at the games.

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 atwww.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