The concrete measures taken by National Bank and the relationships we've built up over the years are getting results, as shown by the following awards and forms of recognition:

National Bank Again Named One of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

National Bank is proud to have made the list of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for a second year in a row, as chosen by Mediacorp Canada Inc., which recognizes 50 Canadian employers who have developed exceptional inclusiveness programs for employees from five major groups: women; members of visible minorities; persons with disabilities; aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender/transsexual people (LGBT).

"At National Bank, promoting diversity is part of our day-to-day reality, and has been for many years. In fact, some of our programs that promote inclusiveness were created over 20 years ago. Since then, the Bank has maintained an inclusive work environment by adapting its human resource practices and by developing, year after year, new initiatives that target diversity," stated Lynn Jeanniot, Executive Vice-President of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at National Bank.

One of the best employers in Canada

National Bank ranks highly among Canadian companies with the most innovative and motivating human resources management practices, including diversity management. The proof: the Bank has now been featured seven times on the list of the "50 Best Employers in Canada" published by The Globe & Mail's Report on Business magazine and Montreal daily La Presse. The list is based on a study conducted every year by Hewitt Associates, a global HR outsourcing and consulting firm.

A woman's place is…on the Board of Directors

With four women sitting on its Board of Directors, National Bank ranks very high in Canada in this respect. According to figures published in the March 12, 2005 issue of Quebec business magazine Les Affaires, the Bank holds second place in Quebec (tied with Métro and Rona), and is among the 10 companies in Canada with the largest representation of women on their boards. Those numbers say a lot about us!

Women of influence

From 2004 to 2006, two National Bank Financial Group officers were among the 100 most influential women in Canada in the Corporate Executives category: Patricia Curadeau-Grou, Executive Vice-President, Finance, Risk and Treasury and Gisèle Desrochers, Senior Vice-President – Human Resources and Corporate Affairs. The Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 program presented by the Toronto-based Women's Executive Network recognizes women, who hold Senior Management positions, who are top performers in the country and actively involved in their field of activity and their community.

In 2009 and 2010, three others officers were also identified among the 100 most influential women in Canada: Ms France Roy-Maffeï (Senior Vice-President, Retail and Commercial Operations), Kathleen Zicat (Senior Vice-President, Sales and Service - Retail Banking) and Lynn Jeanniot (Senior Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs).