National Bank Financial Group helps the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation raise $150,000 at its benefit Major Donors Evening

Montreal, 14 December 2009 - 

On December 3, over $150,000 was raised through the support of guests, donors, and sponsors at the Major Donors Evening, organized by the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation and held this year under the honorary presidency of Mr. Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank Financial Group, at the financial institution’s headquarters.

Each year, in collaboration with a partner, the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation organizes a prestigious benefit event: the major Donors Evening. During this last event, as part of National Bank Financial Group’s 150th anniversary, some 150 guests in attendance were able to appreciate an exhibition of objects relating to the Bank’s history, many of which were being shown for the very first time. A gastronomic meal was served and, through the collaboration of several sponsors, a silent auction was held, allowing benefactors to bet on an array of interesting lots.

About the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation
Created in 1993, the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation is a charitable organization that supports the activities and growth of Montréal’s museum of archaeology and history. It works to foster the Montréal community’s sense of identification with the Museum’s mission, and to bring together the resources needed to present the history of Montréal and the preservation of an exceptional historic and archaeological site. The profits generated by the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation’s benefit activities are provided to the Museum and allow it to further its development.

Pointe-à-Callière,
MontréalMuseumof Archaeology and History
Located on the very birthplace of Montréal, the Museum preserves and showcases major archaeological remains. Pointe-à-Callière, through its activities and its exhibitions, raises awareness and fosters an appreciation of history and archaeology. Pointe-à-Callière is a major cultural institution that will welcome some 390,000 visitors this year.

About the 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 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 $132 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,747 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.):

Pointe-à-Callière Foundation
Chantal Vignola
514-872-8431
cvignola@pacmusee.qc.ca

Public Relations, National Bank Financial Group
Joan Beauchamp
514-394-6500
Joan.beauchamp@bnc.ca