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Winners of the 14th edition of the SMEs of National Bank

Montreal, 29 October 2007 -

National Bank unveiled the names of the provincial winners of the 14th edition of the SMEs of National Bank at a gala held last Friday evening.

The awards ceremony took place in Montreal and was attended by more than 200 people, including the finalists, National Bank representatives and leaders of the business community. The following companies earned top honours:

In the Small Business category, the GOLD award winner is iBwave Solutions Inc.  Based in Lachine, this company designs and sells a unique software package for designing in-building multi-technology wireless networks. A dynamic company, iBwave has earned the trust of more than 80 customers on five continents.

In the SME category, the GOLD award winner is Cabanons Fontaine inc. Since 1976, this Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil-based company has distinguished itself by producing top-quality sheds and garages, for which it has received numerous awards and commendations.

In the Agribusiness SME category, the GOLD award winner is Ferme Claumond inc. Located in Saint-Edmond, this family business produces eggs. Cutting-edge management techniques, technology and environmentally friendly practices are core values of the company’s management team, which is passionate about the business.

In the Export SME category, the GOLD award winner is Nutech inc. Located in Disraeli, the company machines precision parts on digitally controlled lathes and machining centres. Nutech’s success stems from its high-performance machines, sound personnel management and rigorous quality assurance program.

The four provincial GOLD winners will benefit from a visibility campaign in the major dailies belonging to the Réseau Probec. They also each received a $1,500 prize to organize a recognition activity to underscore their employees’ contribution to their success, courtesy of National Bank Financial. Each winner also receives a laptop computer, courtesy of IBM Canada, and a National Bank Premia MasterCard business card with a $1,000 credit balance.

Canada’s economic growth depends, in large part, on the financial health and drive of SMEs. National Bank is known as one of the most engaged financial institutions in the SME market, particularly in Quebec. Our business clients can call upon us to support them in every step of their development, from start-up to transfer.

In order to meet their evolving needs and ensure their continued success, we have established teams of experts at the Bank and its subsidiaries who work with clients to satisfy all their financial requirements. National Bank also has specialized advisors in specific sectors of activity, including television and film production, high technology, agriculture and agrifood, energy, forestry and health and life sciences.

Selection process and partnerships
The winners in the Small Business, SME and Agribusiness SME categories were selected from among the regional finalists based on a number of criteria, such as their competence, their drive and the excellence of their human resources management. The Export SME winner was chosen from a list of provincial finalists who were selected for their recent export success. All the winners were selected by a panel made up of individuals from the business community who followed a rigorous selection process overseen by the professional services firm Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche.

Photos of the event are available on request. Please contact Valérie Lamarre at 514-394-5000, ext. 2393.

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