Press Releases

Invitation to members of the media to attend the Annual Meeting of National Bank of Canada

Montreal, 25 February 2005 -

National Bank of Canada is pleased to invite representatives of the media to its Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Boulevard West, Montreal.

Journalists who wish to attend the meeting can go to the Grand Salon, located on the Convention Floor. However, use of photographic, recording or television equipment will not be allowed, except for a five-minute period before the meeting begins.

The Harricana Room, located on the Convention Floor, will be set up for journalists, particularly those from the electronic media. Live audio and video feeds of all the proceedings will be available. Television journalists should bring the equipment needed to record a 75 ohm signal as well as cables complying with BNC standards.

After the meeting, members of the Bank’s senior management will meet with the media in the Richelieu Room on the Convention Floor.

Out-of-town media
For media representatives outside Montreal, the press conference will be interactive and accessible via conference call. Simultaneous interpretation will be available. A media advisory will be released on CCN Matthews 15 minutes before the press conference begins.

Access via telephone for English-speaking journalists: 1-800-387-6216
Access via telephone for French-speaking journalists:  1-800-564-3880

A live webcast of the meeting will be accessible via www.nbc.ca/investorrelations by clicking on “Events. An archived version of the webcast will be available at the same website as of March 3, 2005.

DATE BOOK

WHAT:         Annual Meeting of National Bank of Canada

WHEN:         Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:       Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Boulevard West, Montreal

ROOMS:       Meeting – Grand Salon, Convention Floor
                  Journalists and electronic media – Harricana Room, Convention Floor
                  Press conference – Richelieu Room, Convention Floor

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 of  more than $90 billion and, together with its subsidiaries, employs close to 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.)

Denis Dubé
Manager, Public Relations Department
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-8644