Press Releases

National Bank and National Bank Financial donate $400,000 to the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation

Montreal, 6 July 2005 -

National Bank and National Bank Financial are pleased to announce that they have donated $400,000 to the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation (University Health Network).

The Bank’s donation which supports the mechanical heart program of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre will increase the chances of survival of patients awaiting a heart transplant. Over a five year period, the donation is expected to save four or five lives.

This contribution by National Bank and National Bank Financial has been recognized through the “National Bank Financial Courtyard,” which is located within Toronto General Hospital.

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