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Our commitment to inclusion

Scotiabank is committed to diversity of thought, experience, gender, culture, race, religion and sexual orientation – at every decision-making table, and in all settings across the Bank. We are focused on creating an inclusive workplace in which employees are empowered and engaged, where everyone has the opportunity to achieve success. This commitment extends across Global Banking and Markets, and is ingrained in how we work, treat one another, and serve our clients.

Diversity and Inclusion

2020 WCM Champions of Change award winners

Scotiabank congratulates two winners of the 2020 WCM Champions of Change award.

July 3, 2020

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Scotiabank celebrates International Women's Day

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The Scotiabank Women Initiative: Global Banking and Markets

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Diversity and Inclusion

Leading with action: Parental Advisor Liaison (PAL) program

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Global Banking and Markets' Diversity and Inclusion Office

Scotiabank was the first bank in Canada to establish a Diversity and Inclusion Office under the Global Banking and Markets division in 2015, making diversity and inclusion a key business priority. The Office is led by individuals with significant capital markets experience and is supported by a Global Steering Committee chaired by Pruyn Haskins, Managing Director and Head of Global Equities. The committee is comprised of senior business leaders from across Global Banking and Markets globally.



Since its inception, the Office has expanded to include representation from the international regions in which Global Banking and Markets operates, including the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, each supported by its own regional Steering Committee. The Office is also supported by local ‘Champions of Change’ – high profile business leaders who have volunteered to raise awareness and model inclusive behaviour in the workplace, and countless volunteers who work tirelessly to build a more inclusive environment in the workplace as well as the communities where they live and work. 

See how we are leading with action


Development of Diversity and Inclusion training programs such as Conscious Inclusion: An Introduction to Unconscious Bias, made mandatory for Global Banking and Markets employees globally


Structured GBM Mentorship Program offered globally


Parental Support

Parental Advisor Liaison “PAL” Mentorship Program targeted at new parents, and Wellness Rooms located globally to support new mothers as they transition back to work


​Best practices implemented across many industries and proven to help minimize personal bias


Partnerships with LGBT+ community organizations with a view to advance LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace

Employee Resource Groups

A platform for employees who share a common interest, background, or goal, to network and come together on issues of importance to them such as Scotia Pride and Scotia Young Professionals

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Our Team

Wendy Smith

Managing Director and Head, Diversity and Inclusion Office