Press Releases

National Bank supports the XI FINA World Championships

Montreal, 18 May 2005 -

National Bank is pleased to announce that it has signed on as a partner of the XI FINA World Championships.

As Quebec’s leading bank, National Bank is proud to support the Montreal 2005 Organizing Committee in its efforts to bring this Olympic-level sports event to Montreal. The XI FINA World Championships, which will bring together the world’s top aquatic athletes, will further strengthen the prestigious image of Montreal and Quebec on the international scene.

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