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$350,000 for the Children of the CHU Sainte-Justine : Now in its 6th year, the Urban Duathlon, presented by National Bank, helps provide better care to more and more children

Montreal, 9 June 2016 -

The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation and National Bank are proud to announce that the 6th annual Urban Duathlon raised a total of $350,000. The funds will be donated to the CHU Sainte‑Justine Centre of Excellence in Neonatal Intensive Care, which aims to offer the best care to a greater number of children.

On June 2, 400 participants wearing their wackiest outfits braved the rain with numerous volunteers and spectators for this entertaining BIXI bike/running relay race. And the wet weather failed to dampen anyone's spirits!

The event's spokesperson, François Lambert, and co-hosts, Vincent Dessureault and Mathieu Roy from Salut Bonjour (TVA), were also on-site making their own contribution to the cause.

"Over the past 6 years, the Urban Duathlon has grown tremendously and it's now a well-known event in the business community. We are proud that this activity, which combines teamwork and fundraising, is generating so much interest. Seeing how motivated the participants are, we are confident that the event will continue to grow in scale," stated François Rivard, President of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation's Young Leaders Circle, founder of the Urban Duathlon and President and Chief Executive Officer of Innocap Investment Management.

"I would like to pay tribute to the teams for participating with such dedication, despite the pouring rain, in the 6th annual Urban Duathlon for the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation. National Bank supports a number of causes committed to improving the lives of young people. It makes us very proud to see the Montreal business community participating with so much enthusiasm in this fun race, knowing that it is for the benefit of the young patients in the CHU Sainte-Justine intensive care unit," added Yann Jodoin, Senior Vice‑President – Client Strategy, Marketing and Branding at National Bank.

Registration for the 7th annual Urban Duathlon being held next year will open in March 2017. The organizing committee, the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation and National Bank are already looking forward to reliving the experience!


From left to right: Patrick Robert, Andréane Beaumier, Mathieu Roy, Kasandra Côté, Mélissa Martin, Jean Baram, Mélanie Gauthier, Laurie Lanoue, Frédérique Perreault, Marie-Ève Pichette, François Lambert, Claudiane Boulay, Sophie Bernard-Lapointe, Pascal Nadeau, Caroline Bergeron, Patrice Tétreault, Sylvain Chaput, Sarah Massariol, Hugo Lacroix and Vincent Dessureault.

Photo credit: FK7PHOTO.COM

About the Young Leaders Circle
Since 1999, this dynamic group of young business professionals and entrepreneurs has built a unique community in Montreal, galvanized around one cause: the health of children and mothers-to-be across Quebec. Each year, the Young Leaders Circle organizes five activities to benefit the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation in order to help provide better care for children and mothers-to-be. Since its beginnings, the Circle has raised over $8 million for the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation.

About the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation
The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation seeks to engage the community and support CHU Sainte-Justine in its pursuit of excellence and its commitment to providing the children and mothers of today and tomorrow with one of the highest levels of healthcare in the world.

About National Bank of Canada
With $221 billion in assets as at April 30, 2016, National Bank of Canada, together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada’s leading integrated financial groups. The Bank has close to 20,000 employees and is widely recognized as a top employer. The Bank's securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). Follow the Bank’s activities at or via social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

Source: CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation⁄
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Jean-François Lauzon
Advisor, Public Affairs
National Bank
Tel.: 514-394-6097