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National Bank Donates $100,000 to the Fondation du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

Montreal, 17 January 2006 -

National Bank is pleased to contribute to the objectives of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) by making a $100,000 donation as part of its annual fundraising gala, to be held on April 6.

National Bank believes it is important to support causes related to the health and wellness of communities. Hospital centres play a crucial role in this respect, primarily through the acquisition of leading-edge medical equipment. “We know that every dollar collected through this benefit event will be used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and thereby contribute to the quality of life of many people,” said Pierre Desbiens, Senior Vice-President – Sales and Personal Banking at National Bank and honorary chair of the benefit event.

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 communities can be found in the Bank’s Social Responsibility Report on its website at www.nbc.ca.

About 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. 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. National Bank has close to $108 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 16,890 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website atwww.bnc.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