Scotiabank Women Initiative

Empowering women to be successful, today and tomorrow.  

The Scotiabank Women Initiative® is committed to helping women grow their businesses, advance their careers, and invest in their futures, so they can succeed on their own terms.


Unbiased access to capital and tailored solutions

We provide equal access to capital and tailored solutions, including ESG-focused services, for women.


Bespoke specialized education

We offer resources, tools, and workshops to advance women’s careers and elevate skills, financial confidence, and technical expertise. 


Holistic advisory services and mentorship

We provide inclusive, women-centric advisory services and mentorship that connect women with peers, tailored development opportunities, and expert mentors.


To learn about how we can support your aspirations, select the profile you best identify with:

A woman small business owner in a workshop.

I’m a woman entrepreneur running a small business

I own, partially own or am starting a women-owned business. I am looking for day-to-day solutions to start, grow or scale my business, including lending, educational tools and resources or mentorship.

A confident woman in a business suit.

I’m a woman leader at a commercial company 

I am a decision maker with a leadership role at an established company. I’m looking for commercial solutions to help grow nationally or globally, including accessing capital, educational support specific to my industry or mentorship opportunities.

A businesswoman holding a newspaper.

I’m a senior or emerging woman leader at a large corporation or institution

I am looking to pursue my best professional future by increasing my knowledge through industry-specific educational sessions and roundtables. I am interested in being supported on my path to or expanded board participation. Or, the company where I work is interested in advancing their diversity, equity and inclusion programs.

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I’m a woman looking for wealth management solutions and advice 

I am looking for comprehensive wealth advice and support to address the entirety of my life, my family, my business, and my future – no matter what life transitions come my way, from retirement to estate planning or caregiving, and more.

News and events

Virtual webinar:

Caregiving with Confidence

On May 30th, we heard from Life Transitions Expert, Dr. Amy D’Aprix share valuable advice on balancing emotional, family and financial well-being when caring for a loved one. We covered strategies for having essential conversations with parents and older relatives, insights on the rising cost of care, and guidance on how to prioritize self-care and maintain personal well-being throughout your caregiving journey.

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Driving AI literacy through increased diversity: Helping organizations across Canada succeed

With the dramatic rise of ChatGPT, this large language model chatbot has business leaders of all stripes, from start-ups to corporate giants, thinking about Artificial Intelligence.

The Scotiabank Women Initiative panel offers snapshot of Canadian consumer health

Women executives from the retail, commercial real estate and financial sectors share their observations on today's inflation-and interest-rate-weary consumers.

Exploring AI for tangible business and investor advantage

The Scotiabank Women Initiative™ for GBM hosted a unique panel discussion on the topic at Scotiabank’s recent Private Technology Company Conference.

Laurie May climbs to the top of Mount Hollywood 

The Scotiabank Women Initiative hosted film industry executive, Laurie May, at a Fireside Chat on leadership, risk-taking and trusted advisors.

Helping women chart paths to the boardroom

The Scotiabank Women Initiative presented a panel discussion as part of Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets’ ESG Conference and Sustainability Summit.

Build strong work cultures to ready for cyber threats

The Scotiabank Women Initiative presented a Cybersecurity Panel as part of Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets’ Technology, Media & Telecommunications Conference.

SocialPan bakes charity into simple act of buying bread

A quick pivot to e-commerce amid pandemic earns the Chilean bakery’s co-founder a grant from Visa She’s Next and The Scotiabank Women Initiative in Chile.

Perspectives podcast: How to talk to your parents about money

The Scotiabank Women Initiative engages an expert, Dr. Amy, to provide tips on having this tricky but increasingly necessary conversation.

What makes a great woman leader?

Two female Scotiabank executives share perspectives on becoming an effective leader.

The Scotiabank Women Initiative is expanding internationally

Since 2021, The Scotiabank Women Initiative has been going global, and we’re now proud to have expanded to support more women in several countries outside of Canada. Discover each country’s program page below.

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Client stories

Unbiased access to capital key for women entrepreneurs to thrive

Supporting women on their entrepreneurial journey is the focus of the upcoming StrikeUP conference, held in partnership with The Scotiabank Women Initiative.


A model of self-confidence and social impact.

Dorothy Rhau, CEO and founder, Audace au Féminin and Salon International de la Femme Noire.

Fostering Future Black Women Leaders in Technology

Read this Women of Influence article about one unique career journey in the tech space.