Meet the Team

Dieter W. Jentsch
Group Head - Global Banking and Markets

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Dieter Jentsch is Group Head, Global Banking and Markets. In this role, Dieter is responsible for Scotiabank’s corporate and investment banking, capital markets and transaction banking businesses worldwide.Dieter has been with Scotiabank since 1983, and has held a number of progressively more senior positions including Senior Vice President, Canadian Commercial Banking; Regional Senior Vice President, Domestic Branch Banking, Toronto Region; Managing Director & Head, Scotia Private Client Group, Wealth Management; Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking, Canada, and Executive Vice President, Latin America. Prior to his current role, he was Group Head of International Banking.

Dieter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, a Master of Business Administration degree, and a diploma from the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD (European Institute of Business). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Dieter is also a member of the board of directors of the Jim Pattison Group.

He is married and has four sons.

Dany Beauchemin
Managing Director & Co-Head Global Investment Banking

Dany Beauchemin

In his role as MD and Co-Head of Global Investment Banking, Dany is responsible for the growth and strategic direction of Scotiabank’s investment banking and mergers and acquisitions operations globally.

Dany co-chairs the investment banking operating committee and is also a voting member of the Equity Liability and Mergers & Acquisitions Opinion Review Committees.

During his 15 year career at Scotiabank, Dany has acted as lead underwriter and M&A advisor on numerous transactions comprised of IPOs, public and private equity and debt financings, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions for consumer product and retail companies. Dany also has senior client coverage responsibility for a number of Scotiabank’s most important corporate clients.

Prior to joining Scotiabank, Dany spent five years with Pratt & Whitney Canada, where he held design and manufacturing positions. Dany holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction, and a Masters of Aerospace Engineering.

Preet Dhindsa
SVP & CFO, Scotiabank, Global Banking and Markets

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Mr. Preet S. Dhindsa is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Director with 25 years’ experience primarily in the financial services and gaming & lottery industries, and in professional services with the Big 4 global accounting firms.

Preet currently holds the position of Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Global Banking and Markets at the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) based in Toronto.

Recently, Preet held the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer & Chief Financial Officer at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) located in Toronto. Preet was accountable for finance, enterprise risk management, human resources, information technology, and corporate administration. OLG is a company with revenue of $7 billion, profit of $2 billion, 16,000 direct and indirect employees, and is the largest government agency by revenue in Ontario.

Earlier in his career, Preet held executive positions at Invesco Trimark, a member of Invesco Ltd., a publicly traded global wealth management firm, in the areas of finance, human resources and national sales leadership.

Preet is a past Board member of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (Canada), and the Halton Children’s Aid Society. Preet currently sits on the Advisory Board of Rosenzweig & Company, a globally recognized boutique executive search firm. Preet has also been selected by the Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) as a Diversity 50 2016 Board Candidate.

Preet holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Western Ontario, and a Diploma in Accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition, he obtained a Chartered Director designation from The Directors College - a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada.

Kevin Felix
Co-Head Global Capital Markets, Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities
CEO and President of Scotia Capital (USA) Inc.*

Kevin Felix

Kevin is responsible for Scotiabank’s global capital markets and FICC businesses, and also heads the Bank’s US and Latin American capital markets businesses.  In addition, Kevin manages Equity Capital Markets, Collateral Management and Funding, XVA, Loan Sales and Trading, and Securitization.  Previously, he served as the Senior Adviser to the CEO of Global Banking and Markets, responsible for the division’s global strategy and strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining Scotiabank, Kevin was a Managing Partner of Guggenheim Partners and held senior roles at RBC Capital Markets, based in New York. He began his career as an attorney with the U.S. Commodity Futures and Trading Commission, Division of Trading and Markets, in Washington, D.C. and was associated with an international law firm in New York.

Kevin holds a Masters of Law degree in Securities Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center, a Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University.

Bob Finlay
Managing Director & Head of Corporate Banking- Canada, US, Global Mining and Syndications

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In his role as Managing Director and Head of Corporate Banking- Canada, US, Global Mining and Syndications, Bob is responsible for the growth and strategic direction of these areas. Bob has spent the last 30 years within Scotiabank’s Corporate Banking group in progressively senior roles. He was responsible for expanding specialized lending groups and expanding the Bank’s corporate lending business in Canada, Europe and the United States.

Bob began his career with Scotiabank in 1980 and before moving to Corporate Banking, he held roles in Internal Audit and Corporate Credit. As an advocate for diversity, Bob is part of the Global Banking and Markets Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee and has mentored many young women and men in their careers. Bob is a member of a number of committees at the Bank including the Corporate and Social Responsibility Committee and Senior Credit Committee. Bob also serves on the Board of Governors and the Audit and Finance Committee of OCAD University. Bob holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Western Ontario.

Pruyn Haskins
Co-Head, Global Capital Markets
Managing Director, Head - Equity

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Pruyn is Co-Head of Global Capital Markets, and Managing Director and Head of Equity. His responsibilities focus on Global Equity, which includes Scotiabank’s global presence in Institutional Equity Sales & Trading, Equity Derivatives, Prime Services, and Equity Research.

After joining Scotiabank in 1998, Pruyn has held progressively senior roles within Capital Markets. Pruyn currently Co-Chairs the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee within Global Banking and Markets and has previously served as a Director of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).

Pruyn holds a BBA (Hon.) from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Peter Heidinger
Managing Director, Head - Global Banking and Markets, Asia-Pacific

Peter Heidinger

As Managing Director and Regional Head, Asia Pacific, Peter is responsible for the regional management of Scotiabank’s wholesale banking operations in Asia and Australia.

Peter joined Scotiabank in June 2015. Before joining the bank, he was Global Head of FIG at Standard Chartered. Prior to that he held senior coverage and product roles at Citigroup in Asia and Europe and was a Senior Credit Officer at Citi.

Peter holds an MBA from Concordia University, a Master’s degree in Economics from The University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Bishop's University.

John Kirwan
Managing Director and Head of GBM Europe
Global Head of Infrastructure

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As Managing Director, Head of Global Banking & Markets (GBM) Europe, John provides leadership and oversight for Scotiabank's European operations and is also the Chief Executive Officer of Scotiabank Europe plc. Based in London, he is responsible for the overall strategic direction and execution of Scotiabank’s businesses in Europe.

Additionally, John continues to lead Scotiabank’s global infrastructure business and the Bank’s power and utilities sectors in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. He is an executive member of the Bank’s senior leadership team, reporting directly to the GBM CEO.

John has over 25 years of experience within the financial services industry, having held various roles with significant responsibilities. He joined Scotiabank in 2010 to establish infrastructure as a global business for the Bank and has held successive additional roles during this time. In July 2016, he returned from Toronto (Head Office), where he had additional responsibilities for managing and restructuring the Bank’s global Oil & Gas business (since April 2015). Prior to that, he was also Head of European Corporate Banking between November 2013 to April 2015 where he was responsible for the Bank’s corporate lending business in Europe, including risk strategy, asset recovery and appetite.

Previously, John was at a major German public and municipal finance institution, where he was global head of the infrastructure, project finance and asset financing businesses with activities in over 40 countries. Prior to that, he worked at a Brussels-based bank (KBC), where he held various roles as a member of the corporate and investment banking group.

John holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from University College Dublin, and in 2015 he successfully completed the Executive Management Program at Duke University.

Jake Lawrence
Executive Vice President, Global Banking and Markets, U.S

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Jake Lawrence is Executive Vice President, Global Banking and Markets, U.S.

Prior to this role Jake was Senior Vice President, Deputy Treasurer, responsible for Scotiabank's wholesale funding activities, including securitization and regulatory capital, as well as the Bank’s liquidity management.

From 2015 to 2017, Jake served as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, responsible for managing Scotiabank's relationships with institutional investors, sell-side analysts and rating agencies. He also oversaw much of the Bank's disclosure of financial information and strategy to the investment community. At the same time, Jake was responsible for the coordination of the office of Scotiabank’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and related communication activities.

Jake joined the Bank in 2002, in the Finance department, where he held progressively senior roles before joining Group Treasury in 2007.

In 2015, Jake represented Scotiabank at The Institute of International Finance (IIF) Future Leaders program. Jake earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wilfrid Laurier School of Business & Economics.

Rania Llewellyn
Executive Vice President, Global Business Payments

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Rania is responsible for Scotiabank’s global payments vision and strategy. Rania oversees the Bank’s enterprise-wide payments mandate, including technology infrastructure development, enhancing operational efficiencies and key initiatives to drive growth and create a seamless customer experience. She is also responsible for the execution of the cash management, trade finance, global business payments and correspondent banking businesses. Since joining Scotiabank in 1994, she has held progressively senior roles across Commercial Banking, Roynat Capital, and Retail and Corporate Banking, most recently as Senior Vice President, Global Transaction Banking.

Rania holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Master of Business Administration and an honorary doctorate degree from Saint Mary’s University.

James A. Neate
Executive Vice President, Corporate and Commercial Banking, International

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In his current role as Executive Vice President, International Corporate and Commercial Banking, James has responsibility for the overall strategic direction of the Bank’s International Corporate and Commercial banking business line. His focus is on strategy, business development and risk management, as well as regulatory and compliance issues. He was appointed to this position on December 1, 2015.

Since joining Scotiabank in 1985, Mr. Neate has progressed through various positions in areas including retail banking, commercial banking, and wealth management. He led a specialized equipment leasing subsidiary of the Bank, as Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, James held the position of Senior Vice President, Corporate and Commercial Banking, International.

James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science at McMaster University and completed the Ivey Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

David Potter
Managing Director and Head, Global Investment Banking - Energy

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As Managing Director and Head, Global Investment Banking - Energy, David Potter is responsible for all of Scotiabank’s investment banking activities in the Oil & Gas sector globally. Over a career of more than 20 years with Scotiabank, David has held a number of investment banking and M&A roles in both Calgary and Toronto. David’s Canadian and international transaction experience in the Oil & Gas sector includes leading mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of public and private companies and assets, assessment of strategic alternatives and shareholder value maximization, takeover defence strategies and planning, valuations, fairness opinions as well as debt and equity financing in the public and private capital markets.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics) from Laval University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from London Business School.

Buchi Ramagopal
Global Head - ScotiaMocatta

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Buchi Ramagopal is the Global Head of ScotiaMocatta, a global metals business which is part of Global Banking and Markets. ScotiaMocatta is the world’s oldest bullion trader, and recognized as a market-leader in the metals business, with operations in Toronto, New York, Mumbai, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Buchi first joined Scotiabank in 2010, and most recently, he was Treasurer of the International Banking Division of the bank. Buchi’s previous experience includes the roles in Risk, Treasury and ALM at The Hartford, Citibank and Freddie Mac. He holds a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from Indiana University.

Clay Ullrich
Managing Director, Head - Global Banking and Markets Risk Management - Loan Portfolio Management

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As Managing Director and Head of GBM Risk Management, Clay Ullrich is responsible for ensuring that risk management practices are embedded within the business, and that Global Banking and Markets initiatives, deals and business activities comply with Scotiabank’s risk management framework and tolerances.

In 1996, Clay joined the Bank as Assistant General Manager and subsequently became Vice President, Investment Banking Operations Audit. He joined the Bank’s Global Risk Management division in 2000, and became Senior Vice President – Corporate Credit in 2004. In 2009 Clay assumed his current position and remains a member of the Bank’s Senior Credit Committee. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Clay worked for Price Waterhouse in Edmonton, Toronto and Sydney, Australia.

Clay received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario. He also holds a Chartered Accountant designation.

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