Rania Llewellyn was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Laurentian Bank of Canada in 2020, becoming the first woman to lead an independently operated major chartered bank in Canada. Taking over the role at the end of October, Rania is leading more than 2,900 employees and over $28 billion in assets under management.
Born in Kuwait, Rania immigrated to Canada in 1992 where she began her 26-year career in the financial sector. As she progressed, Rania also worked to create opportunities for other immigrants; while at Scotiabank, she launched the StartRight for Newcomers program to provide banking access and support to newcomers in Canada. Rania is a recognized leader, and continues to innovate and expand opportunities for women and marginalized people in the financial sector.