The Scotiabank Women Initiative

Helping women pursue their best professional futures, and supporting the leaders and companies advancing an inclusive mandate.

Empowering women to be successful, on their terms.

The Scotiabank Women Initiative® breaks down barriers to increase economic and professional opportunities for women to be successful now, and in the future. Across Scotiabank, we offer unbiased access to capital and tailored solutions, bespoke specialized education, and holistic advisory services and mentorship. 

For Global Banking and Markets, The Scotiabank Women Initiative is designed to drive positive change. From emerging leaders to senior executives, we are proud to provide opportunities to help our women clients pursue their best professional futures, and support the leaders and companies advancing an inclusive mandate.

Fireside chat with Rebecca Minkoff

Hear how Rebecca grew her one-person operation into a multi-million dollar global brand by facing challenges fearlessly. 

Define your Success 

Your definition of success starts with you. The Scotiabank Women Initiative is your ally to achieve it.

The Global Banking and Markets program: Three pillars

The program is content-driven, tapping into Scotiabank and our partners' broad resources and deep expertise. 


Support women in senior leadership roles on their path to board participation, helping new and experienced board members elevate their effectiveness. Assist corporate clients seeking increased diversity on their boards. Provide access to high-impact, actionable Diversity, Equity & Inclusion insights from our own journey.


Provide relevant resources and forums to help empower and build subject matter expertise. Share knowledge through our Learn, Engage, and Partner (LEAP) Series with industry-specific training, addressing issues, opportunities and trends. 


Strategic partner and trusted advisor to clients across all dimensions of their businesses, including innovative and disruptive products, services and trends, including socially responsible initiatives.

Knowledge Centre:

The Scotiabank Women Initiative® for Global Banking and Markets spoke with Mary Robertson in her new capacity as Advisor to the program’s Advisory Pillar.

The Scotiabank Women Initiative
May 17, 2022
Advisory Spotlight: Mary Robertson

Patrycja Drainville discusses how gender-themed social bonds are a meaningful way for issuers to accelerate progress towards diversity goals.

Sustainable Finance, The Scotiabank Women Initiative
March 25, 2022
Bridging the Gender Gap in the Bond Market
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Meet our executive team behind the movement

Loretta Marcoccia

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Global Banking and Markets

Michelle Khalili

Managing Director and Head, ​​Global Equity Capital Markets

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