National Bank, a partner in La Semaine de la sécurité de l’information et la protection des renseignements personnels

Montreal, 12 June 2007 - 

Firmly committed to information security and the protection of personal information, National Bank is pleased to participate as a partner in the first-ever Semaine québécoise de la sécurité de l’information et la protection des renseignements personnels (“Information Security Week”), sponsored by Quebec’s Ministère des services gouvernementaux, the Institut de la sécurité de l’information du Québec (ISIQ) and Quebec’s Finance Minister Monique Jérôme-Forget.

“As a responsible financial institution, National Bank views information security, the protection of personal information and fraud prevention as fundamental concerns. We have put in place rigorous procedures to protect the personal information of our retail and commercial clients, and we continually enhance our security practices to address new types of fraud,” stated Jacynthe Hotte, Vice-President – Operational and Reputational Risk and Personal Information Protection Officer at National Bank, at the press conference held in Quebec City. “By participating in initiatives like Information Security Week and sensitizing the public to being more vigilant and taking preventive measures, we can thwart identity theft and other forms of fraud.”

During Information Security Week, which runs from June 11 to 15, National Bank will place links on its website including the ISIQ’s blog. The Bank will also inform its employees and clients about the event.

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 $130 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 16,852 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA). 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
Director – Public Relations
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: 514-394-8644