Brian J. Porter

President and Chief Executive Officer,Scotiabank
Brian J. Porter


Brian Porter is President and Chief Executive Officer of Scotiabank.

Brian joined Scotiabank in 1981, and has progressed through a series of increasingly senior positions across the Bank, including executive roles with Global Banking and Markets, Global Risk Management, Group Treasury and International Banking. Brian served as the Bank’s Chief Risk Officer from 2005 to 2008, as Group Head of Risk & Treasury from 2008 to 2010 and as Group Head of International Banking from 2010 to 2012. He was appointed President of Scotiabank in November 2012, and was elected to the Scotiabank Board of Directors in April 2013. Brian assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer on November 1, 2013.

Brian contributes his time and expertise to many industry, educational, community, health and arts organizations. He is a board member of the Business Council of Canada, the Council of the Americas and the Washington-based Institute of International Finance (IIF), where he serves as Vice-Chairman and Treasurer. In 2017, Brian was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of University Health Network (UHN), the largest health-care and medical research organization in North America. He also served as the Chair of the United Way Greater Toronto 2018 fundraising campaign. 

Brian earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University, and has been awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degrees from Dalhousie University (2008) and Ryerson University (2018). He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School. 

Brian and his wife, Megan, have three children.