NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA

NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA

January 06, 2005 14:59 ET

National Bank among the 50 Best Employers in Canada


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JANUARY 6, 2005 - 14:59 ET

National Bank among the 50 Best Employers in Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 6, 2005) - National Bank is proud
to have placed 40th in the prestigious list of the "50 Best Employers in
Canada." This list, drawn up each year by Hewitt and Associates, is
based on a survey of employees, officers and human resource
professionals at participating organizations.

"This recognition is important for us because it comes directly from our
employees," said Real Raymond, President and Chief Executive Officer of
National Bank. "Over the years, we have stepped up our efforts to build
a flexible, people-oriented organization and offer our employees an
environment that promotes innovation and personal growth. As one of the
top 50 employers in the country, we will be able to continue attracting,
retaining and engaging top talent," he added.

The study is conducted annually by Hewitt and Associates in partnership
with the Globe and Mail's Report on Business magazine and La Presse.


About the 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. The National Bank has assets
close to $89 billion and, together with its subsidiaries, employs close
to 16,500 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.)

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    National Bank of Canada
    Denis Dube
    Manager, Public Relations Department
    (514) 394-8644
    denis.dube@bnc.ca
    www.bnc.ca