‘Girl Ambassadors’ shadow leaders at Scotiabank


In celebration of the International Day of the Girl, four young women shadowed four of Scotiabank's senior leaders recently. The bank participated as part of Plan International’s “Girls Belong Here” initiative.

The senior leaders involved were: Brian Porter, president and CEO of Scotibank; Gillian Riley, president and CEO of Tangerine Bank; Miguel Uccelli, country head of Scotiabank Peru; and Jaime Upegui, president of Colpatria.

"We are committed to promoting inclusion across our footprint," says Porter. "Empowering girls to succeed is critically important to us, and we are proud to play a role in supporting young women as they realize their dreams for the future."

Each of the "Girl Ambassadors" spent the day participating in a variety of activities, including meetings with senior management and attending and speaking at townhalls. They also gained hands-on experience by interacting with various departments, including the HR, “digital factory” and global banking and markets teams.

"Girls Belong Here is more than a moment in time for young women — it's an invaluable and continuous learning opportunity for CEOs, presidents and business leaders all over Canada to realize the incredible power within girls," says Caroline Riseboro, president and CEO of Plan International Canada.

"When we talk about leadership, we need to ask ourselves whether we're creating spaces that enable girls and all young people to unleash their leadership potential. By taking part in this program, Scotiabank is making a statement and taking a stand for women and young people everywhere."