National Bank Financial Group launches a new scholarship program: Women in Finance

Montreal, 8 March 2010 - 

On this International Women’s Day, National Bank Financial Group is launching a new scholarship program dedicated to women in finance. Open to third-year business administration undergraduates who are registering in a Master’s program in or related to finance at any Canadian universities, the Women in Finance scholarship program consists of three bursaries representing a total of $20,000 for the 2010-2011 academic year.

In addition, the three selected candidates will each be paired with a Managing Director from the National Bank Financial Markets group who will advise them throughout their studies.

This unique initiative in the finance sector will help to identify skilled, talented, innovative and ambitious women in finance and encourage them to pursue postgraduate studies in a capital market related field, while enabling them to get a more in-depth knowledge of the Financial Group.

National Bank Financial Group reiterates its commitment to the integration and promotion of women at all organizational levels. According to the 2008 Employment Equity Report of the Canadian Bankers Association, National Bank Financial Group ranks first among the six largest Canadian banks for the overall representation of women within its workforce, where women account for 73% of all employees.

Potential candidates to the Women in Finance scholarships must be legally entitled to work in Canada and preferably bilingual. To apply to the Women in Finance bursary program, candidates must complete and forward all documents specified at www.nbc.ca/scholarship before April 23, 2010.

For more information on the many initiatives and projects National Bank Financial Group supports as part of its commitment to the communities it serves, please consult our social responsibility report at www.nbc.ca/socialresponsibility.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada 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 over $134 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,946 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 Director, Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644