May 17, 2006 10:15 ET

National Bank Helps in the Fight Against Homophobia

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 17, 2006) - National Bank (TSX:NA) is pleased to help in the fight against homophobia by acting as a major sponsor of the conference organized by the Fondation Emergence as part of the International Day Against Homophobia. The theme for this year's conference, which will take place on May 17 at the Hotel Gouverneur Place Dupuis in Montreal, is homophobia in the workplace.

"The Bank places a great deal of importance on having a diverse workforce," said France Pelletier, Manager - Employment Equity and Diversity at National Bank, who will give a speech on diversity during the conference. "We are convinced that our success is the result of the value our employees bring to our organization. In addition, developing the many aspects of diversity, such as culture, age and gender enables us to better adapt to the needs of all our clients."

Every year, the Bank organizes a week dedicated to diversity in the workplace in order to raise awareness among management and employees and suggest ways to recruit, engage and retain the best people, regardless of the group to which they belong. This year's event will take place from June 12 to 16.

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. 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 $105 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 16,993 people. The Bank's securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank's website at

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Contact Information

  • National Bank of Canada
    Denis Dube
    Senior Director - Public Relations
    (514) 394-8644