National Bank of Canada: Notice of Intention Regarding the Exercise of Options

Montreal, August 27, 2009 –, 27 August 2009 - 

National Bank today announced that Gisèle Desrochers, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives Office has expressed her intention to exercise up to 15,000 options, as of September 4, 2009.

The announcement was made via a press release in keeping with practices under the National Bank’s corporate governance rules, which stipulate that the President and Chief Executive Officer and all officers who are members of the Bank’s Office of the President  are required to publicly disclose their intention to exercise stock options at least five business days in advance. 

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 $135 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,772 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
Director, Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644