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Bursary and Summer Employment Program: National Bank of Canada encourages students with physical or sensory disabilities to achieve their goals

Montreal, 17 January 2005 -

With its 16 edition of the Bursary and Summer Employment Program, the National Bank of Canada encourages students with physical or sensory disabilities to pursue their goals. The Bank realizes that living with a physical or sensory disability can be difficult at times, especially considering the specific challenges encountered at school and at work.

As a part of the Bursary and Summer Employment Program two bursaries of $2,000 each plus a 12-week summer job are awarded to university students in New Brunswick, Ontario or Quebec, while college students in Quebec are eligible for a $1,000 bursary and a 10-week summer job.

“The Bursary and Summer Employment Program demonstrates the National Bank’s commitment to being an employer of choice, especially regarding employment equity and diversity,” said France Pelletier, Manager – Employment Equity and Diversity. “The Bank continues to deploy considerable effort to achieve equity and diversity in the workplace so that every competent person, regardless of their designated group, can take advantage of employment opportunities and put their competencies to work. In this regard, we benefit from the full support of upper management, evidenced by the role of the many employment equity and diversity ambassadors, such as Alice Keung, Senior Vice-President, Information Technology.”

Since its creation in 1989, the Bank’s Bursary and Summer Employment Program has enabled 48 college and university students with physical or sensory disabilities to develop their skills. Under the Program, recipients gain valuable work experience that ties in with their studies. It also allows employees of the Bank to be more aware of the challenges faced by persons with disabilities.

Students are encouraged to apply before March 4, 2005 either on-line at www.nbc.ca/bursary or by completing the forms which are available at colleges, universities and specialized organizations.

About the 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. The 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. The National Bank has assets close to $89 billion and, together with its subsidiaries, employs close to 16,500 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):

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