National Bank and epost join forces to protect the environment

Montreal, 20 June 2007 - 

Receive your bills online and help grow 3,000 trees

National Bank and epostTM have pledged a total of $15,000 to the Worldwide Earth Festival for a tree-planting and restoration project on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

National Bank clients are encouraged to sign up for Internet Banking Solutions and register their bills before October 31, 2007 with epostTM, Canada Post’s online bill payment service in order to receive their bills electronically rather than through the mail. This simple gesture will not only streamline mail management, but also promote environmental conservation by reducing the volume of paper used.

The $15,000 donation will go toward purchasing trees and shrubs and hiring specialized labour for planting and maintenance. This project, carried out in cooperation with Héritage Laurentien, an organization whose goal is to protect and restore natural environments, will affect a 400‑metre stretch of shoreline where efforts over the past two years have focused on ridding the area of phragmites (common reeds) near the municipal greenhouses of Verdun, southwest of Montreal. This site, which runs parallel to the bicycle path, receives a large and steady flow of visitors in summer.

The Worldwide Earth Festival is an international event involving more than 25 countries to promote sustainable ecology, and peace and solidarity among people.

To find out more or to sign up for Internet Banking Solutions, visit the National Bank website at www.nbc.caand click on Personal.

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