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National Bank Financial donates $75,000 to CANFAR for AIDS research

Montréal, 16 June 2008 -

National Bank Financial, a subsidiary of National Bank Financial Group, is pleased to donate $75,000 to CANFAR, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research.

This donation will help CANFAR pursue its mission of raising public awareness and generating funds for research into all aspects of HIV infection and AIDS. Since its inception in 1987, CANFAR has contributed $15 million to fund 328 start-up and small-scale research projects at hospitals and universities across the country.

Each year, CANFAR works with its Scientific Advisory Committee composed of eminent Canadian specialists to determine the significant research studies to be funded. CANFAR’s role is to provide the necessary “seed capital” for promising projects that would otherwise not be financed.  Recent successful projects include investigations of microbicides, and reducing mother-to-child HIV transmission, just two of the areas where Canada is a world leader in HIV/AIDS research.

In 2007, through corporate donations, sponsorships, in-branch fundraising activities and various benefit events, National Bank Financial Group gave more than $20 million to hundreds of Canadian education, health care, cultural and community organizations.

More information on the many causes and projects the Financial Group supports as part of its commitment to the communities it serves can be found in the Bank’s Social Responsibility Report on its website at www.nbc.ca.

A photo is available and can be obtained by contacting Valérie Lamarre, Public Relations Department, National Bank Financial Group, at 514-394-5000, ext. 2393.

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From left to right: Adrian Horwood, Senior VP Marketing & Communications from National Bank Financial, Jason Stewart, Managing Director, Fixed Income, from National Bank Financial, and President of the Board of Directors of CANFAR, Elissa Beckett, Executive Director of CANFAR, Brian Davis, Executive Vice President. Corporate Development and Governance and Ray Williams, Managing Director, Fixed Income, also from National Bank Financial.

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 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