MONTREAL, Nov. 26, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - National Bank is very pleased to announce that it has strengthened its longstanding commitment to the Jewish General Hospital by making a generous $2 million donation to establish the Dubrovsky Molecular Pathology Centre, as part of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation's "You have the power to heal" fundraising campaign.
"I am proud to see that our financial support, which will also include an annual National Bank Research Excellence Award, is helping to make this innovative project a reality," said Diane Giard, Executive Vice-President - Personal and Commercial Banking, at the inauguration ceremony.
Molecular pathology is a rather new discipline that has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past 10 years. The Jewish General Hospital, dedicated to providing cutting-edge medical care, therefore decided to found the Dubrovsky Molecular Pathology Centre to improve detection of genetic signatures associated with various illnesses, including numerous types of tumours.
For National Bank, building close ties to its clients means being involved with communities and contributing to individual well-being. "Participating in the establishment of this sophisticated, world-class medical centre was an easy decision for National Bank, and we are honoured to play our part in promoting top-notch research, which will result in ever more targeted cancer therapies," concluded Diane Giard.
Every year, through its donations and sponsorships program and the initiatives of its employees, National Bank supports hundreds of organizations across Canada. It is particularly committed to supporting health, education, arts and culture, and community outreach, with the goal of generating positive benefits for communities. This year, the Bank received the Outstanding Enterprise of the Year in Philanthropy award in the "over 250 employees" category from the Quebec chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. To learn more about initiatives we support, visit commitment.nationalbank.ca.
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With $187 billion in assets as at July 31, 2013, National Bank of Canada (www.nbc.ca) together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada's leading integrated financial groups, and has been named among the 20 strongest banks in the world by Bloomberg Markets magazine. The Bank has close to 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 clearfacts.ca and commitment.nationalbank.ca.
Photo Caption (from left to right): Dr. Roderick McInnes, Director of the Lady Davis Institute at the JGH, Ms. Diane Giard, Executive Vice President, Personal and Commercial Banking, Banque Nationale, Dr. Alan Spatz, Director of the Dubrovsky Molecular Pathology Centre and Chief of Pathology at the JGH, Mr. Myer Bick, President and CEO of the JGH Foundation, and Dr. Gerald Batist, Director of the Segal Cancer Centre at the JGH.
Image with caption: "National Bank Donates $2 Million to the Jewish General Hospital Foundation. (CNW Group/National Bank of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131126_C5119_PHOTO_EN_33867.jpg
SOURCE: National Bank of Canada
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