National Bank Financial Group announces recipients of student bursaries

Montreal, 2 June 2009 - 

National Bank Financial Group today announced the names of the three recipients in the 20th   edition of its bursary and summer employment program for students with functional limitations.

National Bank Financial Group is proud to award a $2,500 bursary to Anselmo Billy Da Silveira, a student of IT technologies at the CEGEP du Vieux Montréal. He also received a 10-week summer job at the Equipment, Software and Database Expertise Centre, at the head office in Montreal.

Cinthia Jean, who is working towards a Bachelor’s in Business Administration at the Université de Moncton, received a $5,000 bursary and a 12-week summer job as a customer service representative at a branch of the National Bank Financial Group in New Brunswick.

Finally, Kristina Wiech, who is studying for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, received a $5,000 bursary and 12-week summer job as a customer service representative at a branch in Oshawa.

The candidates were selected by a jury made up of university administrators and representatives from service organizations for persons with disabilities. In addition to offering financial support, the Bank’s bursary and summer employment program helps candidates acquire work experience in their field of study.

Since its launch in 1989, the National Bank Financial Group Bursary and Summer Employment Program has helped more than 61 college and university students with functional limitations develop their skills in the workplace and gain valuable experience in an area related to their studies. The program also raises awareness among the Financial Group’s employees to the realities of living with functional limitations.

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. 

More information on the many causes and projects the Financial Group supports as part of its commitment to the communities it serves can be found on the Bank’s Social Responsibility Report on its website at www.nbc.ca/socialresponsibility

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About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009, is an integrated group that 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 $138 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,343 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