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National Bank Financial Group’s Diversity Week : Pooling our differences toward a common goal

Montreal, 9 June 2008 -

National Bank Financial Group is pleased to launch the 5th edition of Diversity Week, which will run from June 9 to 13. The purpose of Diversity Week is to sensitize the Bank’s employees to the advantages of diversity and reduce prejudice in the workplace. This year’s theme is Pooling our differences toward a common goal.

With some 17,000 employees from different backgrounds, its branches and banking outlets across Canada and its diverse client base, National Bank lives diversity every day. As spokesperson for Diversity Week, Réjean Lévesque, Executive Vice-President – Personal and Commercial Banking, would like to highlight the fact that National Bank Financial Group demonstrates its commitment to diversity by organizing activities every year that contribute to eliminating prejudice.

Diversity Week kicks off today with an improv match featuring young adults from the Association Multiculturelle d’Improvisation (AMI), created in 2007, as well as some members of senior management, who will act as coaches and referees. These young adults, who come from different cultural communities, express their concerns and their differences in a spirit of respect and openness to others in order to deliver a message of inclusion.

This week, teams of employees of the Group in Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic Canada will participate in a volunteer activity for a local non-profit organization. In addition, each of the organizations involved will receive a $5,000 donation from the Bank, for a total of $30,000.

Last year, National Bank Financial Group received the Maurice Pollack Award, which recognizes the efforts deployed by companies to ensure employment equity and the adaptation of services in the workplace.

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 $123 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,093 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at

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