Media Invitation - Commemorative Ceremony to Underscore the 40th Anniversary of the Arrival of "Boat People" Refugees

MONTREAL, Aug. 28, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - National Bank and UniAction invite media representatives to take part in a commemorative ceremony on August 30, to underscore the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the "boat people" refugees. This ceremony will be hosted by journalist and columnist René Vézina. Many dignitaries will be on hand for the occasion, including:

- Kathleen Weil, Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness
- Frantz Benjamin, Chairman of the City Council for the City of Montréal
- Kim Thuy, author
- Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank
- Karen Leggett, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development, and Chair of National Bank's diversity committee
- Thi Be Nguyen, founder of UniAction who launched the project and one of National Bank's Diversity Ambassadors.



Commemorative Ceremony to Underscore the 40th Anniversary of the Arrival of "Boat People" Refugees


Sunday, August 30, 2015


From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Mariners' House – National Bank Pavilion, 4th floor
165, Place D'Youville
Old Montréal, Quebec, H2Y 2B2


The commemorative ceremony is part of an exhibition that is open to the general public, entitled Discovery Day on Vietnamese History and Culture, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to this exhibition is free, and all donations will be given to Maison Chance Vietnam, an organization that helps children and adults with disabilities.

Please confirm your attendance with Jean-François Lauzon at 514-394-6097 or by email at

About National Bank of Canada
With $216 billion in assets as at July 31, 2015, National Bank of Canada (, together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada's leading integrated financial groups. The Bank has more than 20,000 employees and is widely recognized as a top employer. Its securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). Follow the Bank's activities via social media and learn more about its extensive community involvement at and

About UniAction
The mission of UniAction is to unite philanthropists of different cultures with the objective of making a difference in social issues such as poverty, access to education and health, both here and internationally. We also help charities through fundraising, as well as offering counsel and tools to help them to achieve their goals.


SOURCE National Bank of Canada

For further information: (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.): Jean-François Lauzon, Advisor - Public Affairs, National Bank, Tel.: 514-394-6097


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