Dr. Brian J. Porter is a Chairman at University Health Network, a President & Chief Executive Officer at ScotiaMcLeod, Inc., and at Scotia Capital, Inc., a President, CEO & Non-Independent Director at The Bank of Nova Scotia and a Vice Chairman & Treasurer at The Institute of International Finance, Inc.
He is on the Board of Directors at Bank of Nova Scotia (London), The Bank of Nova Scotia, Business Council of Canada, Council of the Americas, Inc., The Atlantic Salmon Federation, The Mental Health Foundation and The Institute of International Finance, Inc.
He joined Scotiabank in 1981, and has progressed through a series of increasingly senior positions across the Bank, including executive roles with Global Banking and Markets, Global Risk Management, Group Treasury and International Banking.
He served as the Bank’s Chief Risk Officer from 2005 to 2008, as Group Head of Risk & Treasury from 2008 to 2010 and as Group Head of International Banking from 2010 to 2012.
He was appointed President of Scotiabank in November 2012, and was elected to the Scotiabank Board of Directors in April 2013.
He assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer on November 1, 2013.
Dr. Porter was previously employed as a Non-Executive Chairman by Scotia Group Jamaica Ltd., a Chairman by The Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Ltd., a Chairman by Scotiabank Trinidad & Tobago Ltd., a Chairman by Investment Dealers Association of Canada, and a Deputy Chairman by Scotia Capital, Inc.
He also served on the board at Partners For Mental Health.
He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University, and has been awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degrees from Dalhousie University (2008) and Ryerson University (2018).
He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.