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Twofold Challenge of the Urban Duathlon Presented by National Bank Raises $300,000 for the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation

Montreal, 4 June 2014 -

National Bank and the Young Leaders Circle are proud to announce that the 4th edition of the Urban Duathlon for the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation raised $300,000 for a very worthy cause: the health of children and expectant mothers in Quebec.

On May 28, over 300 members of the business, media and sports communities took part in this relay race, which combines BIXI cycling and running, at Place Ville Marie in Montreal. Canadian Olympic Champion Alexandre Bilodeau was once again the honorary chair for the event, where many people came to cheer their colleagues on. In total, about 110 teams of three took part in this friendly competition, both to win the race and wear the most original costume, aimed at raising funds for the Centre of excellence for neonatal intensive care at Sainte-Justine UHC.

 "The Bank, which is firmly committed to community development, promotes philanthropic initiatives to foster young people's development, in particular through access to quality healthcare. In this context, National Bank and its employees are pleased to team up with the Young Leaders Circle of the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation, and help raise funds for the young patients of this Montreal hospital," stated Lise-Anne Amyot, Vice-President – Brand and Client Experience at National Bank.

"I am very proud of the excitement that the Urban Duathlon has generated over the past 4 years. Professionals in the Greater Montreal area are participating enthusiastically and in large numbers. Regardless of which team comes in first, it is the children receiving care at Sainte-Justine UHC who are the true winners of this fun challenge," added François Rivard, President of the Young Leaders Circle, founder of the Urban Duathlon, and President and CEO of Innocap.

Each year, National Bank supports hundreds of Canadian organizations through donations and sponsorships. It is particularly committed to young people through its One for Youth program, ensuring they are healthy and have the tools they need to become engaged citizens who are committed to building a better world. Thanks to our youth program and various key projects to promote entrepreneurship, diversity and culture, the National Bank received the Outstanding Enterprise of the Year in Philanthropy award in the "over 250 employees" category from the Quebec chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. To learn more about the initiatives supported by the Bank and its employees, visit youth.nationalbank.ca.

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Volunteers of the Urban Duathlon, presented by National Bank, unveiled the total of funds raised by the fourth edition of this event for Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation.
(Source: Jean-Claude Jolivet)

About the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation
Through community support, the UHC Sainte-Justine Foundation strives to accelerate the pace of leading-edge research at Sainte-Justine, in an effort to heal more children and do it better. The Foundation is committed to building a healthier tomorrow by delivering a standard of care that is among the best in the world.
www.fondation-sainte-justine.org.

About National Bank of Canada
With $194 billion in assets as at April 30, 2014, 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 20 strongest banks in the world by Bloomberg Markets magazine. 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.

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

Jean-François Lauzon
Advisor – Public Affairs
National Bank
514-394-6097

Andréane Beaumier
Senior Advisor – Signature Events
Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation
514-345-5221