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National Bank Financial Group donates $75,000 to the Fondation du Centre hospitalier de Granby

Montreal, 9 September 2008 -

National Bank Financial Group is pleased to present a donation of $75,000 to the Fondation du Centre hospitalier de Granby.

The funds will go towards setting up a state-of-the-art Mother – Baby Unit where mothers and infants can spend their entire hospital stay together in the same room, as recommended by Health Canada. The renovations will incorporate the latest safety standards in a welcoming environment. Part of the donation will also be used to modernize and expand the completely redesigned intensive care unit that will meet the needs of patients and their families as well as hospital staff.

For more than 20 years, the foundation has supported the hospital in its commitment to maintaining accessibility to high-quality health care services offered in a caring and efficient environment.

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.

Caption
From left to right: Raymond Lemay, Director – Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Haute-Yamaska; Jean Provost, Chairman – 2006-2010 Campaign Committee and Pharmacist affiliated with Jean Coutu; Mario S. Leblanc, Chairman – Exceptional Donation Committee ($50,000 and over) for the 2006-2010 Campaign Committee and President and Chief Executive Officer – Keyrus Canada Inc.; Claude Vézina, Director – Fondation du Centre hospitalier de Granby and General Manager – Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Haute-Yamaska; Daniel Poissant, Vice-President, Sales and Service – Montérégie and Central Quebec, National Bank Financial Group; Dr. Josée Foucault, Vice-Chair – 2006-2010 Campaign Committee; Pierre Blouin, Honorary Chairman – 2006-2010 Campaign Committee and President and Chief Executive Officer – MTS Allstream; Philippe McGale, Fundraiser – Fondation du Centre hospitalier de Granby and Manager – National Bank Financial (Granby); Serge Laflamme, Chairman – Fondation du Centre hospitalier de Granby and Manager – Centre financier aux entreprises Desjardins (Granby).

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 close to $122 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,232 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
Senior Manager, Public Relations Department
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644