National Bank and the École d'Entrepreneurship de Beauce (EEB) Announce the Creation of the National Bank Award

Montreal, 24 November 2011 - 

National Bank and the École d'Entrepreneurship de Beauce (EEB) are proud to announce the creation of the National Bank Award. The Award, consisting in a $10,000 scholarship, will be presented twice a year to a budding entrepreneur at EEB (one Award per session). The Award will go to the participant who submitted the investment project deemed by a jury to have the best growth strategy.

The National Bank Award and scholarship will allow the winner to make his or her investment dream a reality, putting the knowledge he or she has acquired at EEB into action. With the creation of this new Award, the EEB and National Bank are fulfilling their commitment to support entrepreneurs in their future goals and foster the growth of small and medium-sized businesses. “National Bank has supported the EEB from its inception. With the National Bank Award, we’ve added a new dimension to our partnership, which remains focused on providing high-calibre training so that our student entrepreneurs are equipped to achieve their future goals. We are proud to be able to count on a major partner like National Bank to pursue our mission to train the next generation of entrepreneurs,” stated Marc Dutil, Founding President of the EEB.

“Ensuring the long-term success of small and medium-sized businesses in Quebec is absolutely vital for us,” said Diane Déry, Vice President, Sales and Service, Commercial Banking, Quebec City area and Eastern Quebec, National Bank. “We firmly believe that the health of our economy is based on dynamic entrepreneurs. Supporting tomorrow’s business leaders is therefore crucial. Our partnership with the EEB is one of the ways that we help make the next generation of entrepreneurs strong and effective, so that they can play a key role in the growth of Quebec Inc.” she added.

Every year, through its donations and sponsorships program and the initiatives of its employees, National Bank 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 events National Bank 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 $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.clearfacts.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