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'Breaking Down Preconceptions': National Bank Encourages Diversity

'Breaking Down Preconceptions': National Bank Encourages Diversity

MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/08/06 -- National Bank (TSX: NA) will be holding its 3rd annual Diversity Week from June 12 to 16, 2006 under the theme "Breaking down preconceptions." The purpose of this event is to increase employee awareness of the advantages of diversity and reduce prejudice in the workplace.

"At National Bank, employment equity and diversity are important strategic assets. The innovative programs launched each year make a real impact and contribute to the quality of customer services and the organizational environment," explained Gisele Desrochers, Senior Vice-President - Human Resources and Operations, and member of the Executive Committee of National Bank.

A wide range of activities has been organized throughout the Bank's branch network across Canada. Diversity Week will kick off with a scuba diving activity at Parc Jean Drapeau on June 12 where Defi sportif athletes with a variety of physical and sensory disabilities and several members of senior management will take the plunge. Seminars will take place during the week to increase employee awareness of diversity and, in particular, intergenerational and intercultural relations in the workplace. An outdoor lunch-hour activity at the National Bank Tower is also planned for June 14, where $1 per meal will be donated to the Women's Centre of Montreal.

Diversity Week showcases the Bank's commitment to creating a work environment that is suitable for everyone, regardless of the group to which they belong.

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. 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 $110 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 16,955 people. The Bank's securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA: TSX). For more information, visit the Bank's website at

The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.

National Bank of Canada
Denis Dube
Senior Director - Public Relations
(514) 394-8644

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