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National Bank to announce winners of the 12th Annual “SMEs of the National Bank” Recognition Program

Montreal, 24 October 2005 -

INVITATION TO THE MEDIA

National Bank is pleased to invite representatives of the media to the gala evening at which it will be announcing the provincial winners in the 12th edition of its “SMEs of the National Bank” recognition program. This event will be the high point of this successful program, which has been taking place throughout Quebec for the past several months. The Bank will be paying tribute to the top companies in the following categories: Small Business, SME, Agricultural SME and Export SME.

Date:  Friday, October 28, 2005

Place: Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, 1050 Sherbrooke West, Montreal

Cocktail reception: 5:30 p.m. (Salon L’Atrium)           

Gala:  6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Salon des Saisons)

Semi-formal dress.

RSVP:  Denis Dubé at (514) 394-8644.

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 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 Department
National Bank of Canada
Tel: (514) 394-8644