NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA

NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA

February 25, 2005 10:29 ET

National Bank of Canada: Notice of Intention Regarding the Exercise of Options


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FEBRUARY 25, 2005 - 10:29 ET

National Bank of Canada: Notice of Intention Regarding
the Exercise of Options

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 25, 2005) - National Bank (TSX:NA)
today announced that Ms. Patricia Curadeau-Grou, Senior Vice-President,
Risk Management and Mr. Michel Labonte, Senior Vice-President, Finance,
Technology and Corporate Affairs have expressed their intention to
exercise up to 27 000 options and up to 17 000 options respectively, as
of March 7, 2005.

The announcement was made via a press release in keeping with practices
under the National Bank's corporate governance rules, which stipulate
that the President and Chief Executive Officer and all officers who are
on the Bank's Executive Committee are required to publicly disclose
their intention to exercise stock options at least five business days in
advance.

Should Ms. Curadeau-Grou and Mr. Labonte decide not to exercise these
options, National Bank will issue a press release to that effect.

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
of more than $90 billion and, together with its subsidiaries, employs
more than 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 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