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World’s Best Riders to Compete in the $60,000 National Bank World Cup Qualifier

Bromont, 19 July 2005 -

National Bank, a partner of the International Bromont for the past 10 years, is proud to once again be associated with the World Cup qualifier, which will be held on July 24 at the Bromont Olympic Site.

A Who’s Who of the world’s top riders, including Canadian equestrian stars Ian Millar, Mac Cone, Éric Lamaze, Ainsley Vince and Jill Henselwood, will compete on a course consisting of some 15 obstacles, created by the famous course designer Léopoldo Palacio. With its total purse of $60,000, the qualifier promises to be a colourful, action-packed show for the tens of thousands of fans expected to attend.

“For the last 30 years, the Bromont Olympic Site has hosted what has become one of the premiere equestrian sports events in North America, the International Bromont,” explained Denis Pellerin, Senior Vice-President – Operational and Market Risk Management at National Bank. “Thanks to the efforts of the organizers, the Eastern Townships today is home to one of Quebec’s greatest sports traditions and a world-class event that generates sizeable economic spin-offs. The Bank is proud to be associated with such a prestigious event that has put the region on the map,” Mr. Pellerin added.

The 2005 edition of the International Bromont will take place from July 20 to July 24 and from July 27 to July 31, 2005, and will feature more than 600 riders from every corner of the world.

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