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National Bank donates $120,000 to the Quebec Cystic Fibrosis Association

Montreal, 16 May 2005 -

National Bank is pleased to announce that it will donate $120,000 to the Quebec Cystic Fibrosis Association’s “Breathe” fundraising campaign.

The funds raised will be used to help finance research into treatments for cystic fibrosis patients and build on the knowledge gained through the research that led to the discovery of the gene responsible for this disease.

Cystic fibrosis is a fatal genetic disease that strikes 1 out of 2,500 newborns.  It primarily affects the lungs and digestive system.  In Quebec alone, 1,110 people are living with the disease and, as of yet, there is no treatment leading to a cure.  National Bank is proud to help advance research on cystic fibrosis, which gives real hope to those living with this disease and to their families.

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):

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