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National Bank is proud to partner the 22nd Défi sportif

Montreal, 27 April 2005 -

National Bank is pleased to support the 22nd Défi sportif and to encourage athletes practising adapted sport in their quest for excellence. This year, Défi sportif will take place at four major sports sites in Montreal from April 27 to May 1, drawing some 2,700 athletes from several countries and hundreds of trainers and volunteers.

For 22 years, Défi sportif has been attracting amateur athletes with physical, intellectual, hearing or visual disabilities. This year, athletes will come together for five days to showcase their talents and determination.

A proud sponsor of the National Bank Défi sportif team of champions, the Bank is pleased to be associated with this important amateur sports event in Quebec and to pay tribute to the competitive spirit and perseverance of these athletes. National Bank would like to congratulate all the athletes ahead of time on their performance and wish them an excellent Défi sportif!

In 2004, donations made by the Bank and its subsidiaries, sponsorships, fundraising projects at the branch level and benefit events organized for community groups contributed $ 12 million to hundreds of Canadian education, health care, cultural and community organizations.

More information on the many causes and projects the Bank supports as part of its commitment to the communities it serves can be found in the Bank’s Social Responsibility Report on its website at www.nbc.ca.

About National Bank
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 customers elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including 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 $90 billion in assets 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):

Johanne Bissonnette
Public Relations
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-6500