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National Bank to Announce Winners of the 11th Annual “SMEs of the National Bank” Recognition Program

Montreal, 26 October 2004 -

National Bank is pleased to invite representatives of the media to the gala evening at which it will be announcing the provincial winners in the 11th edition of its “SMEs of the National Bank” recognition program. This event will be the high point of this successful program which has been taking place throughout Quebec for the past several months. The Bank will be paying tribute to the top companies in the following categories: Small Business, SME, Agricultural SME and Export SME.

Date:                           Friday, October 29, 2004

Place:                          Sheraton Centre
                                   1201 René-Lévesque Blvd West, Montreal
                                   Ballroom

Cocktail reception:        5:30 p.m.

Gala:                            6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Semi-formal dress.
RSVP:  Johanne Bissonnette at (514) 394-6500

About National Bank
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group which provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its customers elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including 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 $84 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs nearly 17,000 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.

Information: (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives):

Johanne Bissonnette
Public Relations
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-6500