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National Bank Financial Group launches second tennis ball recycling campaign

Montreal, 28 May 2008 -

As part of its partnership with Tennis Canada and as the presenting sponsor of the Rogers Cup, to be held in Montreal from July 26 to August 3, 2008, National Bank Financial Group is launching its second campaign to recover used tennis balls from June 1 through to August 8, 2008.

All tennis balls collected as part of this environmentally conscious initiative will be redistributed to Quebec's schools to be placed on the legs of students’ chairs. This initiative, undertaken in response to a real need expressed by our schools, seeks to reduce classroom noise and promote a better learning environment for our children.

The Bank will be encouraging Quebecers to bring their used tennis balls to participating branches during this period and place them in the recycling bins set up for this purpose.

In addition, the public will be able to exchange used tennis balls for new ones at the National Bank kiosk at Uniprix Stadium during the Rogers Cup, from July 26 to August 3.

People who donate used tennis balls will also get a chance to win one of five 5 Wilson tennis racquets valued at $250 each and will be entered in a draw for one of two week-long trips to Paris, valued at over $5,000, to attend the BNP Paribas Masters championship on November 1 and 2, 2008, an ATP Masters Series event. For more information about these prizes and for a listing of participating branches, go to www.nbc.ca/recycling.

In 2007, a total of 53,500 tennis balls were collected by the Bank’s branches and distributed to more than 150 primary schools across Quebec.

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. The 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 $120 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 16,856 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 Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644