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Diversity Week: The many faces of National Bank

Montreal, 6 June 2005 -

National Bank is holding its second annual Diversity Week, from June 6 to 10, to underscore the strategic value which its diverse personnel brings to the Bank’s customer service quality and organizational climate.

As part of its ongoing commitment to employment equity, the Bank continues to develop and implement innovative strategies and programs designed to build awareness among its employees and recruit a diversified workforce.  Between 2002 and 2003, the representation of visible minorities and persons with functional limitations increased by 17% and 10.5%, respectively.  In addition, for more than 15 years, the Bank has offered a bursary and summer employment program for students with disabilities.

During Diversity Week, the Bank invites all of its employees to “dive into diversity” and become aware of different realities.  A full schedule of activities is planned, including a BBQ, served by members of senior management, with information booths, music from different cultures, a demonstration by Mira guide dogs and the participation of actor Martin Dion.  For each $5 collected at the BBQ, $1.25 will be donated to the Mira Foundation.

Conferences will also be held for employees to foster understanding of intergenerational differences and to shatter the myths and prejudices surrounding Islam.

National Bank is committed to creating an equitable work environment for all its employees.  Diversity Week is further proof of this commitment.

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 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
Director – Public Relations
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-8644