Diversity & Inclusion


Model Behaviour: How Val Walls is leading by example to engage LGBT+ employees, customers and allies at Scotiabank graphic

Model Behaviour: How Val Walls is leading by example to engage LGBT+ employees, customers and allies at Scotiabank

May, 25th, 2018

  As Director of Sales Effectiveness at Scotiabank, as well as lead champion for Scotiabank’s Toronto Pride Employee Resource Group, Val Walls is always asking herself: How can I touch, move, inspire and make a difference? She shares how she’s driving change — and creating an inclusive vision of LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans+) […]


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When technology imitates life: The rise of discriminatory artificial intelligence

April, 9th, 2018

  By Teresa Harris     Early last year, former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down after several employees were ousted for their behaviour towards women, and the company was accused of fostering a toxic culture of sexism and harassment. In August 2017, James Damore, an engineer at Google, released a 10-page memo asserting women […]


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Study Reveals: Canada Country with 5th Highest % of Women in Tech

March, 21st, 2018

    With gender disparity a topic at the forefront of modern discourse, leading technology career platform Honeypot, has released the 2018 Women in Tech Index. The results offer a view on gender-based employment inequalities both at large and in the technology sector. In an effort to position themselves as industry experts, the developer-focused career […]


Enough Excuses: It’s time for positive change towards workplace gender equality graphic

Enough Excuses: It’s time for positive change towards workplace gender equality

March, 6th, 2018

      In the move towards workplace gender equality, progress is moving glacially slow on many key measures. Is that the way it has to be — or are we just making excuses?     By Stephania Varalli     In 2017, the World Economic Forum predicted we’d be closing the economic gender gap in 217 […]


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Facing down backlash: What would it take to make real progress on gender equality?

January, 7th, 2018

    Despite the business case for diversity, or perhaps because of it, organizations are facing backlash in efforts to achieve greater equality. Alyson Colón along with Sarah Kaplan, keynote speaker of the upcoming Radical Change Summit, explain why they believe that the solution will be innovation.   By Sarah Kaplan and Alyson Colón   […]


Banking needs more women in tech — here’s how one financial institution is driving change graphic

Banking needs more women in tech — here’s how one financial institution is driving change

September, 11th, 2017

  As the banking industry goes through a digital transformation, there’s a “war for talent,” says Kyle McNamara, Executive Vice President, Global Retail Banking Technology at Scotiabank. And if companies want the best and the brightest in their ranks, women need to be on the frontlines.   By Shelley White     “Technology is fundamentally […]


Business leaders, here’s how you start taking diversity and inclusion seriously graphic

Business leaders, here’s how you start taking diversity and inclusion seriously

August, 1st, 2017

We all know it should be a priority, but how do we begin to make it one? Terri Hartwell Easter of T.H. Easter Consulting,  a leading employee engagement, diversity and inclusion management, and human resources management firm based in Maryland, U.S., weighs in.   By Terri Hartwell Easter     You cannot pick up a […]


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How We Can Engage Men to Push for Gender Equality at Work and Beyond

May, 4th, 2017

This article was first published on the EVE Blog. The EVE Program is an international intercompany leadership seminar for women and “enlightened men” to take more risks and move upwards in the company.   By Michael Kaufman     Recently I was speaking to a vice president of a major bank. He was concerned about […]


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The Old Boy’s Club

April, 3rd, 2017

Many of the men in power today grew up in a time when a woman’s only place was in the home. Research shows we’re still carrying around those gender stereotypes. Could the highest of glass ceilings be propped up by antiquated perceptions?   By Teresa Harris     Over 3,000 world leaders descended upon the […]


Meet Carolina Parra: An Executive That’s Balancing Career and Family graphic

Meet Carolina Parra: An Executive That’s Balancing Career and Family

March, 10th, 2017

Carolina Parra is the Vice President of Corporate and Commercial Risk at Scotiabank Chile. She’s also a mother, wife, and adamant advocate for the value of diversity, recognizing that when a diverse group of talented individuals is heard, incredible things can happen for both business and culture.    By Shelley White     Carolina Parra is an […]


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Best Workplaces for Women 2017

March, 6th, 2017

Today Great Places to Work® announced their list of the Best Workplaces in Canada for Women in 2017.  To qualify, organizations needed to be Great Place to Work Certified™  within the past year, have a minimum of 50 female employees, and provide a male/female breakdown by job level. The employees surveyed at the organizations on […]


Meet Caroline Riseboro, a CEO With a Plan for Women and Girls graphic

Meet Caroline Riseboro, a CEO With a Plan for Women and Girls

February, 17th, 2017

Caroline Riseboro leads Plan International Canada’s operations as President and CEO. Previously she held roles at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation, as well as World Vision Canada, where she was the first and youngest woman in the agency’s history to serve in the SVP role. Her volunteer leadership positions span across numerous boards and […]


Make their voices heard: How the capital markets sector can benefit from diversity graphic

Make their voices heard: How the capital markets sector can benefit from diversity

January, 15th, 2017

Marian Lawson, Executive Vice-President of Global Financial Institutions and Transaction Banking with Scotiabank, believes that corporate championing of diversity is good for not only minorities, but for businesses as well. Here she explains how not only bringing new perspectives to the forefront, but making those perspectives heard, benefits the capital markets sector.  By Shelley White   […]


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5 Minutes with Mary Ann Turcke

January, 1st, 2017

Mary Ann Turcke is President, Digital Media and NFL Network. With nearly two decades spent leading both Canadian and American companies, she knows more than a thing or two about what it means to be a woman with power – and what it will take to create more of them. As an influential figure in the Canadian business […]


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How Scotiabank is making accessibility part of the inclusion discussion

December, 14th, 2016

Despite there being nearly 14% of Canadians living and working with a disability, in our ongoing conversation about diversity and inclusion in the workplace, questions of accessibility can sometimes be overlooked. Scotiabank wants to change that, not only to benefit the employee, but because of what they’ve discovered—it’s simply good business. By Shelley White One billion people — […]


A proven case: championing diversity enables innovation graphic

A proven case: championing diversity enables innovation

November, 15th, 2016

The importance of innovation in business is undisputed. Tapping into diversity as a driver of innovation is a newer concept — but it is already proving its worth. Dubie Cunningham, vice-president of innovation at the Digital Factory at Scotiabank, shares why and how diversity has been a key driver of success. By Shelley White Diversity in […]


Rethinking roles: The President of one of Colombia’s largest financial institutions discusses gender inclusion graphic

Rethinking roles: The President of one of Colombia’s largest financial institutions discusses gender inclusion

October, 30th, 2016

Achieving true equality is a challenge, particularly for countries that value traditional gender roles in both the workplace and household. We spoke with Santiago Perdomo, President of Banco Colpatria, to discover how one of Colombia’s largest financial institutions is advocating for change and leading by example. By Shelley White Santiago Perdomo is looking forward to the day […]


Win or lose, Trump is bad for gender equality graphic

Win or lose, Trump is bad for gender equality

October, 26th, 2016

Donald Trump and his campaign are damaging to women, and the effects are going to last longer than November 8. By Stephania Varalli Remember 2012? The most talked about gender equality issue to come up in that presidential election was Romney’s “Binders full of women.” Four years later, and we’ve lowered the bar down — […]


A case for allyship: How Scotiabank is working to reduce the stigma around mental health graphic

A case for allyship: How Scotiabank is working to reduce the stigma around mental health

October, 1st, 2016

The stigma associated with mental health issues in the workplace leave them too often hidden or ignored. We spoke with Jennifer Douglas, executive champion for the Scotiabank Alliance for Mental Health, to learn how one major financial institution is working towards solving the problem. By Shelley White Each week, up to half a million Canadians miss a […]


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Why Diversity is So Challenging to Write About

September, 14th, 2016

By Jan Frolic, Vice President, Corporate Sponsorships, Women of Influence Let me tell you what happened when I started to write an article on advocating for diversity in the workplace. I. Freaked. Out. Why? Because I only have my own personal experience to draw from. And to be frank, I am privileged. Sure, I have had […]


This is Planet 50-50: Lakshmi Puri on a world built for gender equality graphic

This is Planet 50-50: Lakshmi Puri on a world built for gender equality

September, 9th, 2016

Take a moment to imagine a world in which gender equality is a reality. Girls around the globe have access to the same educational opportunities as boys do. Women earn the same wages as their male counterparts and hold 50 per cent of senior management positions. Males and females are equally represented amongst the ranks of board chairs, CEOs, and political leaders.


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Anne Rader on Empowering Women with Disabilities

September, 6th, 2016

Anne Rader hasn’t let disability slow her down. In fact, she’s helped empower women and others living with disabilities to be economically stable and self-sufficient through her extensive work in American policy and healthcare.


I’m With Her: How Men are Contributing to the Women’s Advancement Movement graphic

I’m With Her: How Men are Contributing to the Women’s Advancement Movement

September, 1st, 2016

“Every single person has biases, whether we’re willing to recognize them or not. Yet if you ask most people if they’re part of the problem, they’ll automatically say ‘No.’”


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The Challenge of Identifying Privilege

August, 24th, 2016

Are you privileged? It’s a question I don’t think we ask ourselves often enough. And when we do, I don’t think we always answer it honestly. Or maybe “knowingly” is the more appropriate term. In the same way that unconscious bias impacts how we judge individuals, it can be just as challenging to hold an unbiased view of ourselves.