National Bank Financial Group donates $1 million to the Fondation Cité de la Santé

Montreal, 13 September 2010 - 

National Bank Financial Group is proud to donate $1 million, over five years, to the Fondation Cité de la Santé as part of its major fundraising campaign. The Financial Group’s generous gift, along with those of other donors, will allow the CSSS of Laval to continue offering quality healthcare to the people of Laval and the North Shore.

“Health is one of our main priorities. National Bank Financial Group has supported the Fondation Cité de la Santé since 1998, which is why I did not hesitate to become co-chair of the foundation’s largest financing campaign to date. For National Bank Financial Group, being a partner of the well-established Cité de la Santé, and contributing to its continued success, is a real privilege,” said Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank Financial Group.

National Bank Financial Group has an active presence in the Laval area. With over 350 employees, some 20 service points and millions of dollars in financing granted, the Financial Group plays a leading role in the region’s economic development. Given that economic development is closely tied to social development and quality of life for the members of a community, supporting education, community outreach and health are ingrained in the culture of National Bank Financial Group and its employees.

While National Bank Financial Group devotes substantial resources to the improvement of care, its donations and sponsorships strategy emphasizes prevention and research. In this way, it wishes to maximize leverage, act upstream of the traditional intervention process and contribute directly to better educating the public about various physical and mental health problems.

Every year, National Bank Financial Group invests millions of dollars in its donations program for various health initiatives. This accounts for more than 30% of total donation budget. 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.

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 $146 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 18,438 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