National Bank Financial Group is a proud copresenter of the 4th edition of Aires Libres

Montreal, 1 June 2011 - 

Montreal, June 1, 2011 – National Bank Financial Group is pleased to announce the arrival of summer and the return of Montreal Aires Libres which will be copresenting for the second consecutive year. From May 18 to September 12, 2011, Sainte-Catherine Street between Berri and Papineau will become a festive pedestrian zone with a variety of activities, fairs and expositions taking to the streets. National Bank is proud to support the Société de développement du Village and to join in presenting this remarkable artistic event.

 "The Aires Libres project is especially important for the Financial Group and its employees because it emphasizes our commitment to promoting diversity. At National Bank, there is room for people of various talents and backgrounds. In fact, we consider this diversity to be a great strength for our organization," stated Vicky Wistaff, Regional Manager, Sales and Service, Personal Banking, Montreal for National Bank Financial Group at the press conference to launch the event.

The Financial Group will play a special role in this year's event with the "Aire Banque Nationale" conceptual zone in Amherst Park, conceived and designed by artist Louis Gagnon. The installation artwork will invite spectators to follow the event's message of reclaiming urban space. In addition, the National Bank branch at Place Dupuis will bring this pedestrian urban space to life in its own way. The branch front window will be featuring the event colours to add to the atmosphere.

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.

For more information on the many causes and projects the 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 $154 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 18,492 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