NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA

NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA

March 14, 2005 10:00 ET

National Bank Sponsors the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal


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MARCH 14, 2005 - 10:00 ET

National Bank Sponsors the Grands Ballets Canadiens de
Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 14, 2005) - National Bank is
proud once again to be associated with the Grands Ballets Canadiens de
Montreal for the production Red Giselle that will be presented in April.

During the 2004-2005 season of the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal,
National Bank will be sponsoring the production Red Giselle, to be
presented in the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts on April 7, 8
and 9, 2005.

National Bank encourages Canadian creators and promotes culture by
supporting a large number of cultural institutions. The Bank is
especially proud to support the work of the Grands Ballets Canadiens de
Montreal and to help promote performing arts in the community.

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.

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 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
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
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
    Director, Public Relations
    (514) 394-8644