National Bank Financial Group again ranks among the 50 Best Employers

Montreal, 5 January 2009 - 

National Bank Financial Group is pleased to announce that it has been named to the list of the   "50 Best Employers in Canada" for a 5th consecutive year.

The list, compiled annually by Hewitt Associates, recognizes companies with human resources practices that strengthen employee commitment and engagement.

"I am proud that Bank employees consider their company one of the best employers in Canada." We view this 5th appearance on the list as the achievement of ongoing work to adapt our practices, particularly those affecting human resources, and create a workplace that motivates employees and encourages performance," stated Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank. "I would like to thank all of our employees for once again having ranked National Bank Financial Group as one of the top employers in Canada," added Mr. Vachon.

National Bank Financial Group has participated in this survey since it was initiated 10 years ago and uses the results obtained to adapt its human resources practices and remain an employer of choice in Canada year after year.

The award is based on a survey of employees, business leaders and human resources professionals from the participating organizations and is a testament to National Bank Financial Group’s commitment to fostering a positive image of the organization and its practices among employees. 

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 $129 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,146 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
Senior Manager – Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644