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National Bank, a proud sponsor of the Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin exhibition at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Montreal, 26 May 2005 -

National Bank, Quebec’s leading bank, is pleased to be associated with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in presenting the exhibition “Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter”.

This exhibition, which gives the public the chance to admire some of the most famous sculptures in history, is a great opportunity for National Bank to support the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, whose bold, dynamic approach makes an exceptional contribution to the advancement of both local and international art.

National Bank is proud to be involved in this unique event, and hopes that all the gallery’s visitors will be awed by the works of Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, two undisputed masters of sculpture.

Known for its efforts to promote Canadian and Quebec artistic heritage, the Bank has ardently supported local artists for decades and has amassed a vast collection of paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures created by home-grown artists. This collection, which includes more than 6,000 pieces, is now one of the largest private collections in Canada, and its works are displayed in the head office and branches of the Bank and its subsidiaries, as well as being the subject of various exhibitions

In 2004, the Bank and its subsidiaries, through corporate donations, sponsorships, in-branch fundraising activities and various benefit events, gave $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 close to $100 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs nearly 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