Creation of the National Bank Centre New partnership with the Faculty of Business Administration

Quebec, 16 September 2011 - 

The Rector of Université Laval, Denis Brière, together with the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration (FBA), Robert W. Mantha, and the President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank, Louis Vachon,confirmed on september 13 the signing of a $3-million partnership agreement for the creation of the National Bank Centre.

Lasting 25 years, the agreement will give the green light to the construction of a new management integration and development centre, which will require the reconfiguration of the Palasis-Prince Pavilion and the addition of a 2,000 square meter construction adjoined to the La Laurentienne Pavilion, estimated at $9 million. “This project demonstrates our commitment to offering leading-edge training programs in line with society’s needs by maintaining strong ties with the business community,” explained Rector Denis Brière. Upon its completion, the new multipurpose facility will be an epicentre for the development and transfer of management skills, where researchers, business people, students and academic and business partners can work together under the same roof.”

“This partnership meets our goal of supporting education and preparing new generations of highly qualified business people and leaders,” said Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer. “It also allows us to reaffirm our commitment to be a key player in the economic and social development of the Quebec City region, where the Bank was founded more than 150 years ago.”

The new multipurpose facility will incorporate four strategic training, career, research and business development entities, namely, the École de développement des cadres supérieurs (a school for the development of senior managers), which will offer programs in global and strategic management for managers and officers; the Centre des carrières (a career centre), a one-stop centre for the development of competencies and student placement; the Espace recherche et innovation (a research and innovation centre), which will regroup the FBA’s research chairs and centres; and lastly, the Carrefour des affaires (a business centre), which will bring together researchers and business people of today and tomorrow, who are attuned to cooperation, partnership and solutions.

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 $153 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 19,217 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’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
Tel.: 514-394-6500

Marthe Lefebvre
Assistant to the Dean, Communication and Development
Faculty of Business Administration
Université Laval
418-656-7020
Marthe.Lefebvre@fsa.ulaval.ca 

Source:
Sylvain Gagné
Media Relations
Communications Department
Université Laval
418-656-3952