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National Bank announces $1 million investment in the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence and also award $120,000 in bursaries to 36 deserving student-athletes

Montreal, 9 April 2013 -

Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer and Lise-Anne Amyot, Vice-President – Brand Image and Data Governance at National Bank have announced a $1 million investment in the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence, which will be distributed as five annual donations of $200,000. They also revealed the names of the 36 student-athletes selected under the 21st National Bank Bursary Program administered by the Foundation. The recipients will share a total of $120,000 in bursaries.

“National Bank is very proud of its longstanding commitment to supporting the development of young athletes. This investment in the Foundation is aligned with our commitment to the One for Youth initiative, a major component of the Bank’s donations and sponsorships program. I would like to congratulate these young student-athletes, whose discipline and dedication to both their athletic and academic pursuits make them an inspiration for youth,” said Mr. Vachon.

The Foundation’s President, Claude Chagnon, acknowledged National Bank’s great commitment to social causes and thanked the Bank for its twenty-one years of unfailing support, loyalty and generosity toward the Foundation. “With this significant investment, National Bank has become the prestige sponsor that will allow us to reach our 2010-2015 Strategic Plan’s objective of granting one million dollars in bursaries annually. Since 1993, National Bank has been an example of private sector support for our bursary recipients,” explained Mr. Chagnon.

This year, 36 student-athletes will receive a National Bank bursary. Of those recipients, 12 student-athletes between 12 and 18 will receive a $2,000 Hopeful bursary, 17 between 15 and 23 will receive a $4,000 Elite bursary, and 7 between 16 and 27 will receive a $4,000 Excellence bursary.

The recipients include three Olympic medalists: Roseline Filion in diving, Mathieu Giroux in long track speed skating and Marianne St-Gelais in short track speed skating. Bursaries were also awarded to Aurélie Rivard, who won a medal in swimming at the Paralympics, and Olympic swimming competitor Barbara Jardin.

2013 National Bank Bursary Program Recipients

HOPEFUL CATEGORY – $2,000 BURSARY

 First name

 Last name

 Sport

 City

    Academic and athletic support bursaries

Maël

Gilles

Basketball

Montréal-Nord

Catherine

Héroux

Handball

Laval, Chomedey

Francis

Le Sieur

Pistol Shooting

Trois-Rivières

Gaby

Malenfant

BMX and Cyclocross

Drummondville

Nicaise

Muamba

Tennis

Gatineau

    Academic excellence bursaries

Ève

Brochu-Joubert

Judo -57 kg

Sept-Îles 

Francis

Carter

Olympic Wrestling 66 kg

Saint-Léonard

Geneviève

Gagné

Athletics - Heptathlon

Quebec City

Xavier

Gagnon

Boxing 57 kg

Ste-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier

James

Guest

Swimming

Baie D'Urfé

Audrey-Anne

Le Sieur

Pistol Shooting

Trois-Rivières

Camille

Michaud

Karate - Kata and Fighting -54 kg

Gatineau

ELITE CATEGORY – $4,000 BURSARY

First name

 Last name

 Sport

 City

Academic and athletic support bursaries    

Christopher

Acosta-Tapia

Baseball

Laval, Duvernay

David

Baillargeon

Squash

Saint-Léonard

Annie

Coulombe

Table Tennis

Laval, Pont-Viau

Billie

Derouet

Equestrian - Jumping

Bromont

Maude

Dufour

Taekwondo -57 kg

Quebec City

Gabriella

Page

Fencing (sabre)

Blainville

Bilel

Talah

Water Polo

Montreal, Hochelaga

Academic excellence bursaries    

Vincent

Blais

Biathlon

Marston

Catherine

Dauplaise

Table Tennis

Drummondville

Kamille

Desjardins

Karate - Kata and Fighting -53 kg

Ange-Gardien

Adryanna

Dorismond-Rodrigue

Volleyball

Boucherville

Karine

Dufour

Trampoline

Laval, Vimont

Audrée

Francis-Méthot

Judo -52 kg

Sept-Îles

Maxime

Leboeuf

Whitewater Kayaking - Slalom

Sainte-Barbe

Simon

Rousseau

Archery (compound bow)

La Prairie

Jessica

Ruel

Olympic Weightlifting -48 kg

Macamic

Julianne

Séguin

Figure Skating

Longueil

EXCELLENCE CATEGORY – $4,000 BURSARY

First name

 Last name

 Sport

 City

Academic and athletic support bursaries     

Roseline

Filion

Diving

Laval, Fabreville

Barbara

Jardin

Swimming

Montreal, Hochelaga

Brittany

Phelan

Alpine Skiing

Lac Tremblant Nord

Aurélie

Rivard

Paralympic Swimming

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Marianne

St-Gelais

Short Track Speed Skating

Saint-Félicien

Academic excellence bursaries     

Mathieu

Giroux

Long Track Speed Skating

Montreal, Pointe-aux-Trembles

Philippe

Marquis

Freestyle Skiing - Moguls

Quebec City

About National Bank of Canada
With $184 billion in assets as of January 31, 2013, National Bank of Canada (www.nbc.ca) together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada’s leading integrated financial groups, and has been named among the five strongest banks in the world by Bloomberg Markets. The Bank has close to 20,000 employees and is widely recognized as a top employer. Its securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). Follow the Bank’s activities via social media and learn more about its extensive community involvement at clearfacts.ca  and commitment.nationalbank.ca.

About the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence
The Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to performing student-athletes who also distinguish themselves in class and help them strive towards excellence as young role models in the Quebec society. Over the last five years, the Foundation has handed out over $3.4 million in bursaries to deserving student-athletes with more than $925,000 in 2012. Visit the Foundation’s website at www.faeq.com and like our Facebook page: FAEQ – Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence.

Information (The telephone numbers provided below are for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives):

Marie-Pierre Jodoin

Annie Pelletier

Senior Advisor – Public Affairs

Communications Director

National Bank

Quebec Fondation for Athletic Excellence

Tel.: 514-394-4209

Tel.: 514-252-3171, ext. 3538