NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA

NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA

March 15, 2005 11:00 ET

National Bank Donates $100,000 to the Fondation Hotel-Dieu de St-Jerome


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MARCH 15, 2005 - 11:00 ET

National Bank Donates $100,000 to the Fondation
Hotel-Dieu de St-Jerome

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 15, 2005) - National Bank
(TSX:NA) is pleased to support the Fondation Hotel-Dieu de St-Jerome by
contributing $100,000 to its five-year fundraising campaign.

The monies raised will mainly be used to purchase specialized equipment
for various departments, including ophthalmology, orthopedics,
traumatology, cardiology, and surgery.

The Bank is proud to help the Hotel-Dieu de St-Jerome reach its
financial objectives, and to assist it in offering specialized care and
services to the people of the Laurentians region.

Every year, the Bank gives close to $10 million in donations or
sponsorships to many health, education, community assistance and
cultural 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 www.nbc.ca.

Caption: National Bank has made a $100,000 donation to the Fondation
Hotel-Dieu St-Jerome. In the photo (left to right): National Bank
representatives Kathleen Zicat, Vice-President - Sales and Personal
Banking, Laval/Northern and Western Quebec; Marie-Claude M. Faulkner,
Senior Manager - Commercial Banking, Laurentians; Gilles Leonard,
Regional Manager - Sales and Personal Banking, Laurentians/Lanaudiere;
Raymond H. Keroack, Vice-President - Commercial Banking, Laval/North
Shore and Abitibi-Temiscamingue and Chair of the fundraising campaign
and Aline Desjardins, Executive Director of the Fondation Hotel-Dieu
Saint-Jerome.

About National Bank

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 customers elsewhere in the world. National
Bank offers a full array of banking services, including 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 $90 billion in
assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs close to 17,000
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 and e-mail address provided below are
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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    National Bank of Canada
    Denis Dube
    Director, Public Relations
    (514) 394-8644