National Bank Financial Group donates over 1.6 million dollars to Centraide of Greater Montreal

Montreal, 20 December 2010 - 

National Bank Financial Group had the honour of presenting Centraide of Greater Montreal with a cheque for $1,657,894 at the unveiling of the results for the 2010 campaign. This amount represents funds collected from active and retired employees in the Greater Montreal area as well as a corporate donation from the Financial Group.

"Our employees and retired employees have once again shown tremendous generosity and solidarity to those in greatest need. This year, the Financial Group's annual donation to Centraide of Greater Montreal ranked it first among financial institutions in Quebec for both the amount collected and the employee participation rate," stated Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Bank Financial Group.

Last year, Centraide of Greater Montreal awarded the Financial Group its highest distinction, the "Solidaires for Overall Support" award, to highlight the Group’s exceptional support of the annual fundraising campaign. The total amount collected for the Centraide/United Way campaign will only be known in early 2011 as the campaign is still underway in other regions of Canada.

Through its donations and sponsorship program and the initiatives of its employees, National Bank Financial Group helps support hundreds of organizations across Canada every year. 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 the 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 $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.):

Claude Breton
Senior Manager, Public Affairs
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644