Laurentian Bank presents its Board of Directors



    MONTREAL, March 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Laurentian Bank of Canada is proud to
present the members of its Board of Directors, following this morning vote at
the annual meeting of shareholders.

    New members of the Board of Directors

    The new members, upon approval of the Laurentian Bank's shareholders, are
Mrs. Jacqueline C. Orange and Mr. Michel C. Lauzon.

    Michel C. Lauzon

    Mr. Lauzon is a business consultant. He holds a masters in business
administration. He held various positions at Laurentian Bank between 1988 and
1998, including that of Vice-President and Treasurer. From 1998 to February
2005, he continued his career with TAL Global Assets Management Inc. of which
he was President and Chief Operating Officer beginning in January 2002. From
September 2005 to July 2007, he was Senior Vice-President, Corporate
Development and Chief Financial Officer of Centria Commerce Inc., an
electronic commerce company.

    Jacqueline C. Orange

    Mrs. Orange is a Governor of the University of Toronto and Chair of its
Business Board (2003-2007). She holds a masters in business administration. In
her 20-year career in the financial services sector, she has held a variety of
senior positions in the banking, trust and life insurance industries. From
1996 to 2005, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada
Investment and Savings, a special operating agency of the Department of
Finance, Government of Canada.

    Mrs. Orange and Mr. Lauzon are joining the others members of the Board of
directors, such as:

    L. Denis Desautels, O.C., FCA (Director since December 4, 2001)
    Chairman of the Board, member of the Audit Committee and of the Human
    Resources and Corporate Governance Committee
    Executive-in-Residence, School of Management of the University of Ottawa.

    Pierre Michaud, C.M. (Director since January 26, 1990)
    Vice-Chairman of the Board and Chair of the Human Resources and Corporate
    Governance Committee
    Chairman of the Board of Provigo inc.

    Lise Bastarache (Director since March 7, 2006)
    Member of the Audit Committee
    Corporate director and economist.

    Jean Bazin, C.R. (Director since September 1st, 2002 )
    Member of the Audit Committee
    Counsel at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, Barristers and Solicitors.

    Richard Bélanger (Director since March 20, 2003)
    President of the Audit Committee and member of the Risk Management
    Committee
    President of Toryvel Group Inc.

    Eve-Lyne Biron (Director since March 20, 2003)
    Member of the Human Resources and Corporate Governance Committee
    President and Chief Executive Officer of Laboratoire Médical Biron inc.

    Isabelle Courville (Director since March 6, 2007)
    Member of the Audit Committee
    President of Hydro Québec TransEnergie Pierre Genest (Director since
    March 7, 2006) Member of the Risk Management Committee
    Chairman of the Board of SSQ, Life Insurance Company Inc.

    Carmand Normand (Director since July 1st, 2004)
    Member of the Human Resources and Corporate Governance Committee
    Executive Chairman of Addenda Capital inc.

    Réjean Robitaille (Director since December 13, 2006)
    President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank.

    Jonathan I. Wener, C.M. (Director since January 22, 1998)
    President of the Risk Management Committee
    Chairman of the Board of Canderel Management inc.

    Special thanks to leaving Directors

    Mr. Desautels thanked Mrs. Veronica S. Maidman and Mr. Georges Hébert who
left the Board of Director of the Bank after, respectively, 7 years and
17 years. He saluted their important contribution to the work of the Board of
Directors.

    About Laurentian Bank

    Laurentian Bank of Canada is a banking institution operating across
Canada and offering its clients diversified financial services. Distinguishing
itself through excellence in service, as well as through its simplicity and
proximity, the Bank serves individual consumers and small and medium-sized
businesses. The Bank also offers its products to a wide network of independent
financial intermediaries through B2B Trust, as well as full-service brokerage
solutions through Laurentian Bank Securities.
    Laurentian Bank is well established in the Province of Quebec, operating
the third-largest retail branch network. Elsewhere throughout Canada, it
operates in specific market segments where it holds an enviable position.
Laurentian Bank of Canada has more than $18 billion in balance sheet assets
and more than $15 billion in assets under administration. Founded in 1846, the
Bank employs close to 3,400 people.




For further information:

For further information: Gladys Caron, Vice President, Public Affairs,
communication and Investor Relations, Office: (514) 284-4500, Extension 7511,
Cell.: (514) 893-3963, gladys.caron@banquelaurentienne.ca

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