At Scotiabank We Are Proud

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As Canada’s international bank, Scotiabank is a leader when it comes to inclusion. We believe that fostering diversity across our employee base and reflecting the diversity of our customers is not only good for business, it’s an integral part of how we run our company.

We are dedicated to a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential and advance in their careers. As the bank’s Executive Champion for Women, I am very proud of the leadership that Scotiabank has shown in a traditionally male-dominated industry; driving change and championing the development of women in executive and C-suite roles.

At Scotiabank we are committed to supporting women in their careers and in our local communities. Internally we have focused development and leadership training to allow individuals to develop their skills and grow their careers. In addition, to help promote gender equality, we offer unconscious bias training to help managers recognize blind spots that they might not be aware of which impact how we hire, promote and make decisions. Another initiative is our internal “HeforShe” movement where male leaders commit to make gender inclusion a priority. Through visible and vocal actions they sponsor, develop and support gender equality and amplify women’s voices.

We believe that embracing inclusion and celebrating diversity creates a culture that empowers women to reach their goals and creates an environment where everyone is respected based on their skill, talent and abilities. There is more work to do, but we are making progress. I’m extremely proud that Scotiabank is making efforts to not only challenge the status in banking, but also influence change for girls, our future leaders.

Maria Theofilaktidis
Executive Vice President, Retail Distribution
Executive Champion, Scotiabank Women

Gender Inclusion in Latin America


Inclusion, and gender inclusion in particular, is a key strategic area of focus for International Banking (IB). The IB Inclusion Board helps drive and foster a more gender-inclusive workplace, keeping it a priority throughout the year. Scotiabank has been recognized for its efforts in this area. In Mexico in 2016, Scotiabank won the honour of 1st place from the Great Place to Work institute in the gender equality category for the second year in a row.

La inclusión nos hace más fuerte

In 2016, IB launched its first ever LatAm VP Women Leadership Summit, bringing together 15 newly-appointed VP women for a week of workshops on leadership presence, effective coaching, and strategic planning, and included over 12 hours of dedicated training. These VP women, with diverse experiences ranging from contact centres and HR to risk, finance, technology and operations, returned home as empowered Change Agents for inclusion, with tangible tools and practices to manage their own development and high performance, and that of their teams.

In the community

WCM Coaching Awards (Left to right) Erika Osmond, Deanne Harada, Anastasia Kotsidis and Marta Cano

Scotiabank Mentors Erika Osmond, Deanne Harada, Anastasia Kotsidis and Marta Cano receive 2017 Women in Capital Markets Executive Coaching Award.


Gender Equity Forum

Scotiabank is the Gold Sponsor of the Gender Equality Forum 2017. Brought to you by the Global Compact Network Canada, the UN Global Compact, and UN Women, this high-level forum will provide attendees with ample networking opportunities and the chance to witness a historical moment where an “Action Agenda” will be set to help advance the Women’s Empowerment Principles and Sustainability Development Goal #5: Gender Equality. Scotiabankers participating in the event are Maria Theofilaktidis, Executive Vice President, Retail Distribution and Executive Champion, Scotiabank Women and Mike Henry, Executive Vice President, Retail Payments, Deposits & Unsecured Lending and Co-Founder of HeForShe @ Scotiabank — a movement inspired by the United Nations HeForShe Initiative.

Partnership with Women of Influence and lead sponsor of their Luncheon Series in Canada womenofinfluence.ca


Co-Presenting Partner of the Women’s Executive Network Speaker Series in Canada wxnetwork.com

Member of Catalyst catalyst.org