National Bank Financial Group proud to be a partner of the Quebec Week for the Disabled

Montreal, 31 May 2010 - 

Recognized for its best practices in promoting diversity, National Bank Financial Group is proud to be a partner of the Quebec Week for the Disabled, which will be held from June 1 to 7. The program for this week includes a day dedicated to employment.

This week is a great opportunity to raise Quebecers’ awareness of the importance of respecting people’s differences. It is also an excellent way to help the public better understand the challenges faced by persons with disabilities with a view to facilitating their integration in schools, the workplace and society. A number of activities aimed at promoting the integration and employment of persons with disabilities have been scheduled throughout the event.

National Bank Financial Group is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive, non-discriminatory work environment and accommodating individuals with special needs. Being inclusive and valuing the contribution of each employee, including those with disabilities, is a priority for the Financial Group, which stands by the motto: “What makes you unique makes us strong!”

Every year for over 20 years, the Financial Group has helped people with functional limitations pursue their post-secondary education by offering them financial support and relevant work experience. The Bursary and Summer Employment Program for students with functional limitations also gives employees valuable insight into the reality of living with a disability.

“Diversity is an integral part of our corporate culture and a great source of wealth for National Bank Financial Group. We have seen first-hand how embracing diversity, whether cultural, generational or talent-based, can lead to new and innovative solutions to business challenges and is therefore an important lever for development,” said Lynn Jeanniot, Senior Vice-President of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at National Bank Financial Group.

Through its donations and sponsorships program and the initiatives of its employees, National Bank Financial Group helps 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 benefits 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 at www.nbc.ca/socialresponsibility

For more information on activities during the Quebec Week for the Disabled, visit the Office des personnes handicapées du Québec at www.ophq.gouv.qc.ca/sqph.

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 $150 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 18,248 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.)

Joan Beauchamp
Senior Advisor – Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-6500