National Bank Financial Group publishes its 2008 Social Responsibility Report

Montreal, 4 March 2009 - 

National Bank Financial Group has released its 2008 Social Responsibility Report describing its involvement in the community and the many activities undertaken to meet the needs of its clients, employees and shareholders.

In 2008, through its donations and sponsorships program and the initiatives of its employees, National Bank Financial Group helped support hundreds of organizations across Canada. It focuses primarily on four main areas of activity – health, education, arts and culture, and community outreach – with the goal of generating positive spinoffs for communities.

The Social Responsibility Report also contains concrete examples of National Bank Financial Group’s commitment to governance, its individual and commercial clients, employees, the environment, the community and the economy.

The 2008 Social Responsibility Report is available on the Financial Group’s website at www.nbc.ca/socialresponsibility. A copy may also be obtained at any branch of the Bank or by contacting TelNat at 1‑888‑4‑TELNAT.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009, 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 close to $137 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,199 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
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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