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Professionnel émérite Award: Gisèle Desrochers honoured by the Ordre des Conseillers en ressources humaines et relations industrielles agréés du Québec

Montreal, 6 October 2005 -

National Bank wishes to congratulate Gisèle Desrochers, Senior Vice-President – Human Resources and Operations, on being awarded the title of Professionnel émérite (Professional Emeritus) by the Ordre des Conseillers en ressources humaines et relations industrielles agréés du Québec (ORHRI) at its annual conference on October 3 and 4, 2005.

The title of Professionnel émérite is a prestigious, honorary designation conferred on a member of the Ordre who, through his or her achievements in human resource management and industrial relations, has contributed to the advancement of the profession and become a role model for his or her peers. 

As Senior Vice-President – Human Resources and Operations, Ms. Desrochers is responsible for developing human resource policies and practices to ensure that the Bank has the pool of talent it needs to carry out its business strategy.  She is also responsible for optimizing the Bank’s operational processes and supervising the support units of several business lines, including the assistance centres, cash management and document processing services, the premises and material resources department and the Bank’s call centres.

Since her arrival in Human Resources in 1994, she and her team have implemented a wide range of programs designed to engage the Bank’s internal resources and align them with its business strategy. In 2004, the Toronto-based Women’s Executive Network named Ms. Desrochers one of the 100 most powerful women in Canada.

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 $110 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,049 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA: TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at

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