Calin Rovinescu, C.M.


Calin Rovinescu is a corporate director and a venture capital investor and senior advisor to several corporations. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada from April 2009 until his retirement on February 15, 2021 and held other senior roles at Air Canada from 2000 to 2004. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Rovinescu was a Co-Founder and Principal of Genuity Capital Markets, an independent investment bank. Prior to 2000, he was the Managing Partner of the law firm Stikeman Elliott in Montreal. He is also a Senior Advisor to Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and Teneo. Mr. Rovinescu holds Bachelor of Law degrees from L’Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa and has been awarded six Honorary Doctorates from universities in Canada, Europe, and the United States. In 2016, Mr. Rovinescu was recognized as Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year by Financial Post Magazine. In 2019, he was recognized by the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine as Strategist of the Year and as Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year for the second time. Mr. Rovinescu is a member of the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 2021.

Key Areas of Experience

  • Capital markets
  • Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters
  • Human capital management and executive compensation
  • Retail/consumer
  • Risk management

Scotiabank Board Details

  • Director since November 1, 2020
  • Member of Corporate Governance Committee (Chair) and Human Capital and Compensation Committee
  • Independent

Public Company Directorships

  • BCE Inc. and Bell Canada