In 2017, National Bank reached new milestones in helping its clients, employees and the communities that it serves to navigate the evolving business environment and played an active leadership role in promoting innovation, social development, entrepreneurship and diversity. Here's some of the hard work done in these areas over the past year.
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An important economic player in Quebec and Canada since 1859, National Bank aims to foster the development of the communities it serves. In 2017, investment in the community included $9.2 million in corporate donations as well as several million in event sponsorship and fundraisers. Our thousands of active and retired employees are deeply committed to making a difference in their communities, which enables us to have such a positive impact on society.
To encourage the rise of startups and SMEs , we encourage a multitude of projects and companies dedicated to helping entrepreneurs thrive.
In 2017, the Bank partnered with Startupfest Montreal, the biggest event of its kind in the country, and the Ubisoft Indie Series, an annual competition for independent Canadian game development studios.
Thanks to our donation and sponsorship program, we were able to finance universal access to specialized mental health care and fund the development of leading-edge research in the field. In addition, our collection of more than 7,500 original works of art helps us directly support artists across the country.
We actively support women, cultural communities and the LGBT community through various partnerships. The representation of women in management positions, which now stands at 38%, is among the highest in Canada. In 2017, Women in Governance recognized the Bank’s efforts to foster the advancement of women by awarding it Gold parity certification.