National Bank Financial Group presents the 2011 Duck Race!

Montreal, 14 June 2011 - 

National Bank Financial Group is pleased to take part for the first time in presenting the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation's Duck Race. The 15th edition of this eagerly awaited event will take place on June 18 at the Valois Pool in Pointe-Claire. This always popular annual event allows West Island residents to participate in a fun community activity while supporting a worthy cause.

"National Bank Financial Group is proud to be part of this unique and fun event and to play a growing role in the West Island community," explained Carole Derome, Regional Manager - Western Montreal for the Financial Group. "In addition to financial support for the 2011 Duck Race, branch and regional centre employees in Western Montreal donated their time to help sell some 1,250 tickets for the event! We are truly proud to be able to contribute to the success of this outstanding initiative."

The funds raised will allow Lakeshore General Hospital to modernize its emergency room to better serve West Island residents.

National Bank Financial Group has an active presence in Western Montreal. With close to 300 employees, some 15 branches 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.

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
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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