Black Professionals Talent Program

Advancing Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Scotiabank continues to work together with our communities to remove barriers, increase opportunities, and improve representation. We are committed in fostering an Inclusive Workplace, free of discrimination.

We recognize that building a more diverse workforce enables us to become a better Bank and a stronger partner in our communities. While our work to build a truly inclusive organization is never complete, we are committed to combatting racism and discrimination of all forms to enable better futures for its employees, customers and communities at large.

Scotiabank's renewed diversity strategy focuses on underrepresented employees, with annual milestones set to reach its diversity and inclusion goals in Canada, which include increasing visible minorities in senior leadership roles to 30 per cent or greater and increasing the representation of Black employees in senior leadership to 3.5 per cent, and the Black student workforce to 5 per cent or more, as stated in the BlackNorth CEO Pledge.

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How we’re driving for equality for every future

Scotiabank’s inclusive culture provides an environment where diverse people feel a sense of belonging. We’re stronger together – for our employees and for our customers around the world!


Scotiabank reaffirms commitment to inclusion for every future. We will always stand by our choice to be inclusive and kind

President and CEO Brian Porter participates in the BlackNorth Initiative Summit

Black History Month: Representation Matters

To mark Black History Month, we caught up with a few Scotiabankers to find out more about why representation matters to them and what their hopes are for the future!

Spotlight on our Black Employee Resource Group

The Black Employee Network advances the inclusion by providing opportunities and creating a pipeline of diverse talent throughout the organization.

Employee Resource Groups

Scotiabank has many Employee Resource Groups that operate globally and focus on advancing gender inclusion. Members are committed to educating and empowering Black employees by supporting their personal and professional growth

Our Awards

Building an inclusive workplace is our ongoing commitment and we’re proud of the work we have done but we know there’s still work to do

What is it like to work here?

It’s our goal to empower every future by creating a workplace where everyone can perform at their very best. We attract and develop the very best diverse talent and build an environment where employees can thrive and belong.

Abebe Essayas

Commercial Banking - Client Relationship Manager

It is great to be part of a Bank that honours and values diversity and Inclusion. Scotiabank has given me the opportunity to leverage my skills and grow professionally. I admire the welcoming work environment and support I always receive. It’s great to see people of colour across the Bank in numerous roles from Management/Leadership to client-facing roles. It makes me realize the sky is indeed the limit for growth and making a meaningful impact.

Tiffani Williams

Retail Banking - Financial Advisor and Mutual Funds Representative

It is important for me to work for a company that values diversity and inclusion. As a black female beginning my career, I have received great support and opportunities that have helped me to grow both personally and professionally. Within my district, there has been a greater emphasis on open discussions about racism and discrimination, as well as the importance of allyship. I am glad to work for a bank that allows its employees and the community to be heard.

Viduren Sivarajah

Wealth Management -  Investment Specialist 

I had the distinct honour of beginning my career with Scotiabank immediately following graduation from university. I'm proud that our culture values inclusivity, which has given me the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from all backgrounds and perspectives. I value feeling seen and heard, not only through rewards and recognition, but also through the ongoing assistance the bank and its leadership provide to allow employees to focus on personal and professional development. 

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