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National Bank honours Témiscamingue agri-businesswoman

Montreal, 3 October 2007 -

National Bank will proudly presented its Catherine Crolo Award tonight to Henriette Goulet-Mayer, co-owner of Ferme J.Y. Mayer et fils inc. This business, which has been operating in Béarn in Quebec’s Témiscamingue region for more than 37 years, specializes in raising chickens for poultry meat and eggs.

For the past nine years, National Bank has recognized a Quebec businesswoman in the agricultural sector for her energy and tireless dedication to achieving her goals. In addition to the award, Ms. Goulet-Mayer received a $500 RRSP courtesy of National Bank.

The Catherine Crolo Award was created by National Bank in honour of the first businesswoman in New France, Catherine Crolo, who in 1658 became the first intendant of the Ferme de la Providence that surrounded Montreal’s Maison Saint-Gabriel of the Congrégation Notre-Dame, which is now recognized as a national historic site. Under the direction of Sister Madeleine Juneau, this museum offers the public a variety of programs, including exhibits, lectures, concerts, and food tastings.

The agricultural sector includes many family-owned SMEs that have specific financial management and administration needs and face their own particular set of risks. The National Bank team boasts numerous farm advisors with extensive expertise and specialized training ― almost all are agronomists ― who understand and can support farmers. The Bank also offers a credit division dedicated exclusively to businesses that require agricultural and agri-food financing.

A photo will be available on October 4, 2007 and may be obtained by contacting the undersigned.

About National Bank of Canada
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 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 more than $124 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,169 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA). 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):

Denis Dubé
Director – Public Relations
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: 514-394-8644