May 01, 2008 16:33 ET

Richard Dupuis receives the Andre-Berard Award from National Bank

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - National Bank (TSX:NA)is proud to recognize Richard Dupuis's involvement in the community by selecting him to receive the 2007-2008 Andre-Berard Award, the highest honour bestowed under the Bank's volunteer program for current and retired employees.

Mr. Dupuis won the selection committee over with the extent of his involvement, the amount of time he devotes to volunteering, the importance of his efforts, and his drive. The award, presented as part of National Volunteer Week, includes a $5,000 donation from the Bank to the Dyson Moore Foundation.

Mr. Dupuis, a retired Bank employee, has been volunteering at the Dyson Moore Foundation, in Mascouche, for about 16 years. The organization's mission is to ensure the continued development of the Dyson Moore ecological gardens. The Foundation, in conjunction with Human Resources Canada, also runs workplace integration projects for young people.

"I am happy to have succeeded the founder, Dyson Moore, and I am proud to continue his work," said Mr. Dupuis. "He created the gardens to prove that ecological horticulture was possible if we work with nature. He was an environmental visionary who promoted reclamation and recycling long before it became a priority for so many people," added Mr. Dupuis.

The Andre-Berard Award, created in honour of Andre Berard, a former National Bank Chairman known for his community involvement, recognizes the remarkable volunteer work done by current and former Bank employees. It is part of the Our hearts are with you recognition program, which supports employees' volunteer activities, rewards their efforts and enhances the impact of their actions with financial contributions to the organizations that are dear to their hearts.

In 2007, the Bank and its subsidiaries, through corporate donations, sponsorships, in-branch fundraising activities and various benefit events, gave more than $20 million to hundreds of Canadian education, health care, cultural and community organizations.

More information on the many causes and projects the Bank supports as part of its commitment to the communities it serves can be found in the Bank's Social Responsibility Report on its website at

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. 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. National Bank has more than $120 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 16,856 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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