National Bank Financial donates $250,000 to HEC Montréal

    MONTREAL, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - HEC Montréal and National Bank
Financial (NBF) today announced that NBF is making a $250,000 donation to HEC
Montréal, with the goal of upgrading the National Bank Financial trading room
so as to integrate the latest technological advances and maximize its value as
a teaching tool.
    The National Bank Financial trading room is exactly like an actual
trading room in a financial institution. It is supplied with real-time
financial data and linked to the Bloomberg and Reuters information and
analysis services. As a classroom, it also serves as a laboratory for solving
business cases and gathering constantly updated financial data. Trading
simulations are held there as part of course and seminars.
    As HEC Montréal Director Michel Patry notes, "The ergonomic and
technological improvements that will be made to the trading room with the
donation from National Bank Financial will help to keep HEC Montréal in the
forefront of those institutions that stand out thanks to the recognized
quality of all their teaching activities. The trading room is a valuable asset
for our students, who will have to carve out a place for themselves on the
labour market once they graduate. It gives them a chance to perfect their
knowledge of the intricacies of financial markets and make better links
between theory and practice."
    "We at National Bank Financial have made customer service the cornerstone
of our business philosophy," emphasizes Richard Lupien, Senior Vice-President
and CEO of National Bank Financial. "Consequently, we need highly skilled
human capital and so we are happy to invest in training and in teaching
excellence for future professionals."

    About HEC Montréal

    HEC Montréal was the first business school in North America to be awarded
the three most prestigious international accreditations in its field: AACSB
International, EQUIS and AMBA. The School, which is celebrating its 100th
anniversary in 2007, offers 35 study programs from the undergraduate to
postgraduate level, trains 5,000 managers through its executive education
activities and is a leader in research, with some fifty research chairs,
centres and groups.

    About the National Bank of Canada

    National Bank Financial is the investment banking arm (broker dealer) of
the National Bank of Canada. The National Bank of Canada and its subsidiaries
have combined assets of $117 billion, with 17,000 employees in over 450
offices worldwide. National Bank Financial is a leading Canadian full-service
investment dealer, with origins dating back to 1902. It has over 3,400
employees with offices and operations in Canada, Switzerland, the US and the
United Kingdom. The firm offers financial services and products to privately
and publicly owned corporations and institutional investors, individual
investors and government agencies. National Bank Financial has 85 retail
offices across Canada and is the dominant provider of third-party brokerage
services in the country.

For further information:

For further information: Ginette Larose, HEC Montréal, (514) 340-6081

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