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Appointment of James Whitman at Altamira

Montreal, 21 March 2006 -

Altamira is pleased to announce the appointment of James Whitman to Senior Vice President of Sales. Based in Toronto, Mr. Whitman will be responsible for the strategic aspects and management of Altamira’s two lines of business: the direct market, as well as the business with independent brokers and financial planners (the dealer market). James will assume his new position on April 10th.

James comes to Altamira with a unique and successful retail investment industry background. Originally from Halifax, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Saint Mary’s University. He started his career as an investment broker and a private banker. In 1993, he joined Fidelity Investments, where he spent nine years in a succession of business development roles with growing responsibilities. Mr. Whitman’s last role with Fidelity was regional vice president of sales for Western Canada.

Finally, he spent the last four years at Brandes Investment Partners & Co. as regional director, GTA and Atlantic Canada. Since the creation of Brandes’ fully owned Canadian retail business in 2002, he has been a consistent leader in business development activities and sales results.

His strong financial market and retail investment industry knowledge, combined with his numerous business contacts across Canada, will definitely be an asset to him in his new role with Altamira. 

About Altamira
Altamira is a leading investment services company, offering a wide range of mutual funds, savings products, managed portfolios and financial planning services. Award-winning client service, product innovation and expert advice define Altamira's distinctive approach to investment management. The company is headquartered in Toronto with offices across the country, and is a subsidiary of the National Bank of Canada.

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 more than $105 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 16,993 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website

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