A first for National Bank Financial Group: Open house on Quebec farms

Montreal, 8 September 2009 - 

National Bank Financial Group supports the 7th edition of "Open house on Quebec farms" organized by the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA).  On Sunday, September 13, 2009, more than 100 Quebec farms will welcome some 125,000 visitors and many key agriculture and agri-food stakeholders.

Through this partnership, the Financial Group supports the efforts of Quebec farmers to promote home-grown products. Contributing to the recognition and appreciation of businesses in the agricultural sector is vitally important to National Bank Financial Group. In fact, since it was founded in 1859 exactly 150 years ago, National Bank Financial Group has been deeply committed to the growth and prosperity of businesses by supporting them in every phase of their development. In Quebec, National Bank Financial Group has more than 100 advisors who are specialized in agriculture.

"Their understanding of the needs of the businesses in this sector, coupled with their high-level expertise, make it possible to deploy unique business solutions which can streamline business operations and provide businesses with the tools they need to achieve their objectives," stated Pierre Dubreuil, Senior Vice-President - International and Commercial Products at National Bank Financial Group.

The Financial Group continues to strengthen its ties to the agricultural community across the province, thanks to a sustained presence in various key sector federations and events. Through the National Bank SME Awards, the Financial Group specifically recognizes the performances and successes of agricultural businesses in all regions of Quebec.

In 2008, National Bank Financial Group supported hundreds of Canadian organizations through its donations and sponsorship program and the initiatives of its employees. 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 in our Social Responsibility Report, available at  www.nbc.ca/socialrespsonsibility.

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.
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