Quebec Awards for Citizenship: National Bank receives the Maurice Pollack Award

Montreal, 21 June 2007 - 

National Bank received the Maurice Pollack Award in the “private sector enterprises or organizations” category as part of the 9th edition of the Quebec Awards for Citizenship. Yolande James, Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, presented the awards at the Quebec Parliament Building on June 18.

The Maurice Pollack Award highlights the efforts of businesses that support equal access to employment for Quebecers from cultural communities and visible minorities and the adaptation of services in the workplace.

National Bank was recognized for its leadership and innovations in managing diversity, as well as for being a community role model. The Bank’s strategy is based, among other things, on developing leadership in diversity, creating a diversified talent pool, attracting members of cultural communities and managing diversity as an economic enabler.

The Bank is a member of the Council of Partners of the International Metropolis Project – Montreal, a forum for research and the development of public policy on the ethno-cultural diversification of cities. Working with several government, university and community partners, it organized a seminar on the benefits of hiring immigrant labour for managers of small- and medium sized businesses.

Every year, the Bank organizes a “Diversity Week” to raise employee awareness of the advantages of diversity and reduce prejudice in the workplace. The theme of this year’s edition of Diversity Week was “Our differences bring us together.”

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