April 16, 2008 11:48 ET

National Bank is Proud to Partner the 25th Defi Sportif

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) - National Bank (TSX:NA) is pleased to support the 25th Defi sportif through its association with the National Bank Champions. We are proud to encourage athletes with disabilities in their quest for excellence.

This year, the competitions will take place from April 30 to May 4 in Montreal. Some 3,000 disabled athletes from 15 countries will compete in 13 different sporting events.

"At National Bank, we are excited to be associated with Defi sportif for a sixth year in a row. I am always deeply impressed by the determination and perseverance shown by the athletes who take part," said Sylvie Roy, Vice-President - Marketing at National Bank.

The aim of our association with Defi sportif is to support an event that showcases the diversity and talents of disabled athletes, which facilitates the integration of individuals with disabilities into society and improves public perceptions. This partnership has also allowed us to organize, over the years, a range of activities involving members of management, managers and employees. These activities have helped rally our employees to create an inclusive workplace and to act to reduce obstacles that disabled people face when looking for employment.

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 (TSX:NA). For more information, visit the Bank's website at

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Contact Information

  • National Bank of Canada
    Denis Dube
    Director, Public Relations Department