National Bank Financial Group Senior VP Lynn Jeanniot recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women for 2010 - Top 100™ Awards Recognizes Top Female Achievers From Across Canada

Montreal, 1 December 2010 - 

National Bank Financial Group congratulates Lynn Jeanniot, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, who has made the prestigious Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards in the Corporate Executives category.

“I sincerely thank National Bank Financial Group and the 500 members on my team for their hard work which led to this achievement. I humbly accept this great honour knowing it reflects the values and the vision put forth in the Financial Group’s One client, one bank transformation”, said Ms. Jeanniot.

The Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards is Canada’s most recognizable award for the country's highest achieving female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Lynn Jeanniot joins a community of 521 women across Canada who has received this recognition.  The complete list of 2010 winners can be found at www.top100women.ca

“Through her work as the head of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Lynn Jeanniot helps ensure that the Financial Group has organizational means commensurate with its ambitions and that it will be able to further enhance its financial performance over the years”, said President and Chief Executive Officer Louis Vachon. “Because she is an important source of inspiration – not only to the women in our organization but to all our employees – I firmly believe that she has earned her place among Canada’s Most Powerful Women.”

Over the course of her 25-year career in the financial services sector, Ms. Jeanniot demonstrated vision and leadership that translated into celebrated successes. More recently, Ms. Jeanniot has been playing a key role in the successful organizational transformation of National Bank Financial Group, having among others reviewed its vision and model for managing human resources, put forward a more client-centric and proactive culture into corporate functions, and strongly contributed to implement an enterprise-wide performance management system directly linked to business objectives.

Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 is an initiative of the Women’s Executive Network, an organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of female executives. The program celebrates Canada’s most accomplished women in their respective fields. For more information, please visit www.top100women.ca.

Photos of the gala ceremony, which was held on November 29 in Toronto, and complete biographical notes for Lynn Jeanniot are available on request. Please contact Marie-Joëlle Lebeau, at 514-394-5000, extension 2393, to obtain an electronic copy. 

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 $145 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 18,322 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. To access National Bank Financial Group’s financial education portal, visit www.clearfacts.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