Alexis Martin wins the "Auteur dramatique Banque Laurentienne" Award with his dramatic text Oreille, tigre et bruit

    MONTREAL, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - At the Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui gala last
night, Ms. Gladys Caron, Vice-President, Public Affairs, Communication and
Investor Relations at Laurentian Bank presented the "Auteur dramatique Banque
Laurentienne" Award to Alexis Martin, whom the Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui
subscription patrons voted their preferred playwright of the season 2007-2008.
The goal of this Award that comes with a $10,000 cash prize is to celebrate
the artist's work for his play Oreille, tigre et bruit and to support his
artistic projects.
    The "Auteur dramatique Banque Laurentienne" Award was created three years
ago to acknowledge the excellence of our Quebec authors and to encourage the
development of a new dramatic art. With this Award, the Bank hopes to further
raise the public awareness and appreciation of Quebec's playwrights, these
passionate creators promoting the arts.
    "Laurentian Bank is happy to be partners with the Award that recognizes
the excellence of Quebec's artists. The Bank thus wants to support local
talents, to help them take their artistic work even further and dare
creativity and imagination. Laurentian Bank is also proud to give support to
Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui, a theatre company that plays an essential role in
promoting our Quebec playwrights," said Ms. Caron.
    Each year, through its sponsorship and donation programs, Laurentian Bank
supports hundreds of organizations renowned for the excellence of their work.
This sponsorship is part of the Bank's numerous initiatives with the goal to
contribute to community development.

    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 accessibility,
the Bank serves individual consumers and small and medium-sized businesses.
The Bank offers its products to a wide network of independent financial
advisors through B2B Trust, as well as full-service brokerage solutions
through Laurentian Bank Securities.
    With 156 branches and 340 automated banking machines, Laurentian Bank is
well established in the Province of Quebec, operating the third-largest branch
network. Elsewhere throughout Canada, it operates in specific market segments
where it holds an enviable position. Laurentian Bank of Canada has more than
$19 billion in balance sheet assets. Founded in 1846, the Bank employs more
than 3,500 people.

For further information:

For further information: Gladys Caron, Vice-President, Public Affairs,
Communications and Investor Relations, (514) 284-4500, extension 7511,

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