NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA

NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA

March 01, 2005 09:00 ET

Reminder/Media Advisory-Invitation to Members of the Media to Attend the Annual Meeting of National Bank of Canada


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FOR: NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA

TSX SYMBOL: NA

MARCH 1, 2005 - 09:00 ET

Reminder/Media Advisory-Invitation to Members of the
Media to Attend the Annual Meeting of National Bank of
Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 01, 2005) - National Bank of
Canada (TSX:NA) is pleased to invite representatives of the media to its
Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at
9:30 a.m. at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 Rene-Levesque
Boulevard West, Montreal.

Journalists who wish to attend the meeting can go to the Grand Salon,
located on the Convention Floor. However, use of photographic, recording
or television equipment will not be allowed, except for a five-minute
period before the meeting begins.

The Harricana Room, located on the Convention Floor, will be set up for
journalists, particularly those from the electronic media. Live audio
and video feeds of all the proceedings will be available. Television
journalists should bring the equipment needed to record a 75 ohm signal
as well as cables complying with BNC standards.

After the meeting, members of the Bank's senior management will meet
with the media in the Richelieu Room on the Convention Floor.

Out-of-town media

For media representatives outside Montreal, the press conference will be
interactive and accessible via conference call. Simultaneous
interpretation will be available. A media advisory will be released on
CCNMatthews 15 minutes before the press conference begins.

Access via telephone for English-speaking journalists: 1-800-387-6216

Access via telephone for French-speaking journalists: 1-800-564-3880

A live webcast of the meeting will be accessible via
www.nbc.ca/investorrelations
by clicking on "Events. An archived version of the webcast will be
available at the same website as of March 3, 2005.



DATE BOOK

WHAT: Annual Meeting of National Bank of Canada

WHEN: Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel
900 Rene-Levesque Boulevard West, Montreal

ROOMS: Meeting - Grand Salon, Convention Floor
Journalists and electronic media - Harricana Room,
Convention Floor
Press conference - Richelieu Room, Convention Floor


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
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 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
    www.bnc.ca