National Bank’s Chief Operating Officer to Speak at CIBC World Markets 5th Annual Institutional Investor Conference

Montreal, 3 October 2006 - 

Louis Vachon, Chief Operating Officer of National Bank of Canada will speak tomorrow, October 4, 2006 at the CIBC World Markets 5th Annual Institutional Investor Conference in Montreal. Mr. Vachon is scheduled to begin his presentation at 8:35 a.m.

Louis Vachon’s live audio presentation is 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 8:00 a.m. tomorrow.

A replay will be available for a twelve month period.

About the 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. The 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 close to $109 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,183 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