As Canada’s international bank, we are a leader when it comes to inclusion. A key focus for Scotiabank is LGBT+ inclusion. That includes our employees, customers and the communities we serve.
In Canada, we are starting to collect employee data about gender identity and sexual orientation. The more we understand our employee base, the better able we are to support it and foster a truly inclusive environment.
This year, I’ve been proud to raise my voice at a number of events globally, including the first ever Pride Connection Summit in Mexico. At Pride month events for employees and customers in Toronto, I spoke about the Bank’s commitment to inclusion and how we support the LGBT+ community, in particular, with our donation to Egale – an organization that provides outreach services for LGBT+ youth – for the delivery of their programs and toward emergency housing for the homeless.
As the Executive Champion for Pride, I firmly believe that the Bank’s diversity of talent and inclusive culture contribute to how we successfully serve our customers around the world.
I encourage everyone to show their support and embrace the power of inclusion. Inclusion makes us stronger – not just during Pride season, but every day of the year!
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, International Banking.
Executive Champion, Scotiabank Pride Employee Resource Group
Scotiabank is committed to raising its voice louder than ever before in support of our LGBT+ communities. This was demonstrated with the raising of pride flags during Pride month in both Mexico and Toronto, and our head office in Colombia displaying the rainbow ribbon in solidarity for the Orlando tragedy.
Scotiabank’s Pride employee resource group recently expanded to Costa Rica, where there is much enthusiasm to help support and promote a more inclusive environment for both local LGBT+ employees and customers.
Scotiabankers are proudly marching this summer in Pride parades in Mexico City and across Canada in Winnipeg, Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver and Calgary to show their love and their pride.
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Scotiabank branches across Canada showed their support for the LGBT+ community by having their branches and ABMs wrapped in Pride flags. In addition, on parade day in Toronto, the Yonge & Wellesley Branch hosted a rainbow red carpet event complete with a photo booth, confetti cannon and frozen treats!
Throughout June, employees also shared videos and stories about what makes them Scotiabank Proud. Visit our Facebook page, join the conversation and share your stories as well.
In May, the Cornwall chapter of our Scotiabank Pride employee resource group co-sponsored a Trans 101 Workshop hosted by the Seaway Valley Community Health Center. The day-long transgender training workshop hosted 130 participants from local health and social services agencies.
Scotiabank proudly supports a number of organizations that work to promote LGBT+ inclusion in our communities. Some of these include: Out on Bay Street, Pride at Work, the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD), Mexico Pride Connection, Scotiabank AIDS Walk, the Friends for Life Bike Rally, Egale, and You Can Play.