Michael D. Penner



Michael Penner is a corporate director and an Operating Partner of Partners Group AG, a Swiss-based global private equity firm. In this capacity, he serves as the Chairman of Partners Group Canada, as well as several portfolio companies including United States Infrastructure Corporation, Enfragen Renewable Energy, and Careismatic Brands, Inc., a medical apparel company. Mr. Penner was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hydro-Quebec from 2014 to 2018. He was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of Peds Legwear prior to selling his company to Gildan Activewear Inc. in August 2016. Mr. Penner was instrumental in establishing the multi-disciplinary “Michael D. Penner Initiative on ESG” at the Universite de Montreal. He has also served on the Board of Directors of ICD Quebec, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and Selwyn House School. Mr. Penner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University in New York.

Key Areas of Experience

  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters
  • Human resources and executive compensation
  • Public policy
  • Retail/consumer
  • Risk management

Scotiabank Board Details

  • Director since June 26, 2017
  • Member of Audit and Conduct Review Committee and Corporate Governance Committee
  • Independent