National Bank and its employees donate $1,204,804 to Centraide of Greater Montreal

Montreal, 20 December 2006 - 

National Bank of Canada had the honour of presenting Centraide of Greater Montreal with a contribution of $1,204,804 at the unveiling of the results of the 2006 campaign. This amount represents funds collected from active and retired employees in the Greater Montreal area as well as a corporate donation from the Bank.

“For many years, we have been acknowledging the dedication of employees who find inventive ways to get donors to give generously. Their motivation is what makes it possible for the Bank to achieve ever-higher record contributions,” said Réal Raymond, National Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We have been supporting Centraide of Greater Montreal for over 30 years. This donation confirms our commitment to the well-being of the communities we serve,” Mr. Raymond added.

Across Canada, the employees of National Bank and most of its subsidiaries, including National Bank Financial, also participated in their local Centraide/United Way fundraising campaigns.   Their contributions, combined with the Bank’s corporate donation, amounted to close to $2.6 million – a 22% increase over the total for 2005. This amount went to benefit the various chapters of Centraide/United Way throughout the country.

A photo is available and may be obtained by contacting Public Relations. 

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At the centre of the photo is Réal Raymond, President and Chief Executive Officer, and to his right, Tony Meti, Senior Vice-President – Commercial Banking and International, and Sylvie Roy, Vice-President – Marketing and Public Affairs, all of National Bank. To the right of Mr. Raymond is Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal, and Nicole Chandonnet, National Bank Employee Centraide Campaign Secretary.

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. 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 more than $116 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 16,972 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
Senio Director, Public Relations
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-8644