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New partnership celebrates the continued professional advancement of women and the creation of a more inclusive workforce


TORONTO, MARCH 1, 2017 – Women of Influence announced today that Scotiabank has signed-on as the 2017 Presenting Sponsor of the prestigious Women of Influence Luncheon Series.


The partnership, which builds on a long-standing relationship between the two organizations, will help them share the important message of the need for inclusion through gender diversity in the workforce.


“As Canada’s international bank, we are committed to building an inclusive culture for all. We believe there is strength in diversity; it helps create strong high performing teams and ensures that we also better reflect our customers so we can serve them better,” says Maria Theofilaktidis, Executive Vice President, Retail Distribution, Canadian Banking at Scotiabank. “We look forward to partnering with Women of Influence on this special luncheon series, where we can all be inspired by tremendous women and learn from their experiences.”


Women of Influence, now in its 23rd year, is one of North America’s leading organizations offering solutions to further women’s professional advancement. Its flagship Women of Influence Luncheon series is the country’s preeminent program that celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary professional women along their journey to success. Over the last two decades, the series has showcased over 300 notable leaders from all walks of life, including Ariana Huffington (co-founder of The Huffington Post), Heather Reisman (Founder and CEO of Indigo Books and Music) and Premier Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario. In recent years, the series has expanded to include male and female champions of diversity and the initiatives they are leading to create more inclusive organizations.


“We are proud to be taking our partnership to the next level by working closely with Scotiabank, a company that truly believes in and supports women’s career advancement, to help us increase our impact on women’s advancement, gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and overall the success of our community and corporate clients,” says Alicia Skalin, Co-CEO of Women of Influence. “Women of Influence has been connecting, inspiring and leading Canadian women’s advancement for over 20 years, and we have a solid understanding of the best practices for developing high-potential female talent for the executive ranks.”  


In 2017, the Women of Influence Luncheon Series will host six events in our flagship cities, which includes five in Toronto and one in Calgary. The Season Premiere will kick off in Toronto on Thursday, March 9, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, featuring Celebrity Entrepreneur & Design Icon, Debbie Travis, who will share her compelling insights on how to build and evolve an international empire. Further details on the event can be found here.


About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 23 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 88,000 employees and assets of $887 billion (as at January 31, 2017), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.


About Women of Influence

Women of Influence, now in its 23rd year, is one of North America’s leading organizations offering solutions to further women’s professional advancement. With global event series, courses in executive leadership, and print and digital content, Women of Influence annually reaches over 200,000 professional women and men across Canada and internationally. Signature events include the Women of Influence Luncheon Series presented by Scotiabank and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.



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