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National Bank Financial Group honoured at the 2011 Gala de reconnaissance en environnement et développement durable de Montréal

Montreal, 13 April 2011 -

A project on the efficiency of the National Bank Tower and its impact on greenhouse gas emissions presented by National Bank Financial Group has been recognized in the business category at the 5th annual Gala de reconnaissance en environnement et développement durable de Montréal.

Organized by the Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal (CRE-Montréal), together with the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal and the Ville de Montréal, this ecoresponsible event is one of the activities held by the Partners' network of the Montréal Community Sustainable Development Plan.

"We are very proud that the building continues to garner recognition for its energy efficiency," stated André Longpré, Manager – Building Engineering and Sustainable Development. "It's a way to highlight our commitment in the Montréal Community Sustainable Development Plan, and also to reaffirm our pledge to continue reducing our greenhouse gas emissions."

The master plan, presented by Mr. Longpré and Ms. Marie-Josée Santerre, Administrator, LSR Immobilier, has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 103 tons of CO2 annually and generated recurring annual savings of about $122,600––a reduction of 24%. Energy consumption has been reduced significantly, from 28 kWh sq. ft. per year to 20 kWh sq. ft. per year while maintaining, and in some cases, even improving the comfort of the building's occupants. All these initiatives were very instrumental in our achieving BOMABEST Level 3 environmental certification (out of 4).

About National Bank Financial Group’s eco-friendly practices
By using a modular space planning approach and adopting sustainable environmental practices, National Bank Financial Group is committed to being an ecoresponsible leader in Quebec. A growing number of service points have been remodelled to reflect the changing needs of its clients. Furniture, glass doors and ABM front panels are a few examples of architectural components made from sustainable materials that can be reused from one branch to another. These components allow us to reduce construction waste and promote the local economy, while being modular and multipurpose. In addition, millions of KWh have been saved as a result of an innovative energy integration system in branches that centralizes energy management for more than 125 service points by using a web interface.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group that 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 over $152 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 18,407 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. To access National Bank Financial Group’s financial education portal, visit www.clearfacts.ca.

Information (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.):

Joan Beauchamp
Senior Advisor – Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-6500