Meet the Team

Dieter W. Jentsch
Group Head - Global Banking and Markets

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Dieter Jentsch is Group Head, Global Banking and Markets. In this role, Dieter is responsible for Scotiabank’s corporate and investment banking, capital markets and transaction banking businesses worldwide.Dieter has been with Scotiabank since 1983, and has held a number of progressively more senior positions including Senior Vice President, Canadian Commercial Banking; Regional Senior Vice President, Domestic Branch Banking, Toronto Region; Managing Director & Head, Scotia Private Client Group, Wealth Management; Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking, Canada, and Executive Vice President, Latin America. Prior to his current role, he was Group Head of International Banking.

Dieter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, a Master of Business Administration degree, and a diploma from the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD (European Institute of Business). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Dieter is also a member of the board of directors of the Jim Pattison Group.

He is married and has four sons.

Kevin Felix
Co-Head of- Global Capital Markets - Managing Director and Global, Head - Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities

Kevin Felix

As Co-Head of Global Capital Markets and Managing Director and Global Head of FICC, Kevin is responsible for all of Scotiabank's Global Capital Markets and fixed income, currencies, and commodity businesses. In addition to managing the origination, sales and trading activities of FICC, Kevin also oversees Equity Capital Markets, Collateral Management and Funding, XVA, Loan Sales and Trading, and Securitization. Previously, he served as the Senior Adviser to the CEO of Global Banking and Markets (GBM), responsible for the division's global strategy and strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining Scotiabank, Kevin was a Managing Partner of Guggenheim Partners and held senior roles at RBC Capital Markets, based in New York. He began his career as an attorney with the U.S. Commodity Futures and Trading Commission, Division of Trading and Markets, in Washington, D.C. and was associated with an international law firm in New York.

Kevin holds a Masters of Law degree in Securities Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center, a Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University.

Bob Finlay
Managing Director, Global Head - Diversified Industries and Mining - Corporate Banking

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Pruyn Haskins
Co-Head, Global Capital Markets
Managing Director, Head - Equity

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Pruyn is Co-Head of Global Capital Markets, and Managing Director and Head of Equity. His responsibilities focus on Global Equity, which includes Scotiabank’s global presence in Institutional Equity Sales & Trading, Equity Derivatives, Prime Services, and Equity Research.

After joining Scotiabank in 1998, Pruyn has held progressively senior roles within Capital Markets. Pruyn currently Co-Chairs the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee within Global Banking and Markets and has previously served as a Director of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).

Pruyn holds a BBA (Hon.) from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Peter Heidinger
Managing Director, Head - Global Banking and Markets, Asia-Pacific

Peter Heidinger

As Managing Director and Regional Head, Asia Pacific, Peter is responsible for the regional management of Scotiabank’s wholesale banking operations in Asia and Australia.

Peter joined Scotiabank in June 2015. Before joining the bank, he was Global Head of FIG at Standard Chartered. Prior to that he held senior coverage and product roles at Citigroup in Asia and Europe and was a Senior Credit Officer at Citi.

Peter holds an MBA from Concordia University, a Master’s degree in Economics from The University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Bishop's University.

John Kirwan
Managing Director and Head of GBM Europe
Global Head of Infrastructure

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As Managing Director, Head of Global Banking & Markets (GBM) Europe, John provides leadership and oversight for Scotiabank's European operations and is also the Chief Executive Officer of Scotiabank Europe plc. Based in London, he is responsible for the overall strategic direction and execution of Scotiabank’s businesses in Europe.

Additionally, John continues to lead Scotiabank’s global infrastructure business and the Bank’s power and utilities sectors in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. He is an executive member of the Bank’s senior leadership team, reporting directly to the GBM CEO.

John has over 25 years of experience within the financial services industry, having held various roles with significant responsibilities. He joined Scotiabank in 2010 to establish infrastructure as a global business for the Bank and has held successive additional roles during this time. In July 2016, he returned from Toronto (Head Office), where he had additional responsibilities for managing and restructuring the Bank’s global Oil & Gas business (since April 2015). Prior to that, he was also Head of European Corporate Banking between November 2013 to April 2015 where he was responsible for the Bank’s corporate lending business in Europe, including risk strategy, asset recovery and appetite.

Previously, John was at a major German public and municipal finance institution, where he was global head of the infrastructure, project finance and asset financing businesses with activities in over 40 countries. Prior to that, he worked at a Brussels-based bank (KBC), where he held various roles as a member of the corporate and investment banking group.

John holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from University College Dublin, and in 2015 he successfully completed the Executive Management Program at Duke University.

Marian Lawson
Executive Vice President - Global Financial Institutions and Transaction Banking

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In the role of Executive Vice President, Global Financial Institutions and Transaction Banking, Marian is responsible for the growth and strategic direction of both businesses. She has oversight and responsibility for the business conducted with all financial institutions, which includes banks, asset managers, insurance and hedge funds. In addition, her teams in Transaction Banking provide Cash Management, Payment, and Trade Finance solutions for the Bank’s business customers. She was appointed to this position in 2014.

Marian began her career with Scotiabank in 1986 in Global Risk Management, and has held progressively senior positions in Corporate Banking, Audit, Investment Banking, and Global Capital Markets.

As an advocate for diversity, Marian is Co-Chair of Global Banking and Markets Diversity and Inclusion Committee and has mentored many young women and men in their careers. In 2016, she was recognized by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) and awarded the Women in Capital Markets (WCM) Leadership award for her contributions to diversity in the workplace.

Marian is a member of a number of committees at the Bank including, Risk Policy and Senior Credit Committee, and also sits on the Board of an internal subsidiary.

Marian holds a Master of Business (Finance) degree from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from York University.

James A. Neate
Executive Vice President - Corporate and Commercial Banking, International

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As Executive Vice President, International Corporate and Commercial Banking, James is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Bank’s International Corporate and Commercial banking business line. His focus is on strategy, business development, risk management, and regulatory/compliance issues. James also acts as the Corporate Banking Regional Head for Latin America.

Since joining Scotiabank in 1985, James has progressed through various positions including retail banking, commercial banking, and wealth management. He also led a specialized equipment leasing subsidiary of the Bank, as Chief Executive Officer. He most recently held the position of Senior Vice President, International Corporate and Commercial Banking.

James has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from McMaster University and completed the Ivey Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

Paul Riccardi
Senior Vice President Compliance - Global Banking and Markets

Paul Ricardi

As Senior Vice President, Compliance, Paul is responsible for providing oversight and leadership to the GBM Compliance teams, and compliance support to GBM businesses.

Paul has spent most of his career in various aspects of compliance and regulation in the financial services industry. He joined Scotiabank from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) where he was Senior Vice-President of Member Regulation. Prior to that, Paul served as the Institutional Chief Compliance Officer for two major bank-owned dealers. Before transitioning into these compliance/regulatory roles, Paul spent five years working on and ultimately managing the corporate bond underwriting desk for a major investment dealer.

Paul has an MBA from the University of Toronto, as well as a BA and an LLB from the University of Manitoba.

Gary F. Rupert
Head - U.S. Global Banking and Markets
President and Chief Executive Officer - Scotia Capital (USA) Inc.

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Mr. Rupert is the Head of U.S. Global Banking & Markets and the President and CEO of Scotia Capital USA Inc. Prior to joining Scotiabank he was the Chief Executive Officer of Wachovia Global Securities Lending. Mr. Rupert has also held several executive level positions with Merrill Lynch. He joined the firm in 1978 as an executive in the Corporate Credit Division. In 1986, as Senior Vice President of Merrill Lynch Mortgage Corporation, he was made responsible for the day-to-day operations.

In 1994, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Wagner Stott Clearing Corporation, a subsidiary of Merrill Lynch. In 1995, Mr. Rupert served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Merrill Lynch Portfolio Services, Inc. He also served as a Managing Director in asset management, risk management and capital markets.

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Rupert held various positions at Bankers Trust Corporation, New York, from 1973 to 1978. Mr. Rupert is a graduate of Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in finance. In addition, Mr. Rupert is a registered General Principal with the FINRA.

Philip Smith
Managing Director and Head, Debt Capital Markets and Equity Capital Markets

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As Global Head of Debt and Equity Capital Markets, Philip supports Scotiabank clients in the issuance of debt and equity securities in the capital markets. Prior to his current role, Philip was Chief Operating Officer and, prior to that, Chief Financial Officer. Over more than 23 years with the Bank, Philip has held a variety of increasingly senior roles in Finance, Operations, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, and Equity Capital Markets at Scotiabank. Philip is an active member of the community, serving as a director on numerous charitable, arts and civic boards. He is currently a director of the Canadian Business Growth Fund, the Canadian Opera Company and St. Elizabeth Healthcare. He is also past Chair of the Investment Industry Association of Canada. Philip holds an MBA in Analytic Finance from the University of Chicago and a BA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.

Clay Ullrich
Managing Director, Head - Global Banking and Markets Risk Management - Loan Portfolio Management

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As Managing Director and Head of GBM Risk Management, Clay Ullrich is responsible for ensuring that risk management practices are embedded within the business, and that Global Banking and Markets initiatives, deals and business activities comply with Scotiabank’s risk management framework and tolerances.

In 1996, Clay joined the Bank as Assistant General Manager and subsequently became Vice President, Investment Banking Operations Audit. He joined the Bank’s Global Risk Management division in 2000, and became Senior Vice President – Corporate Credit in 2004. In 2009 Clay assumed his current position and remains a member of the Bank’s Senior Credit Committee. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Clay worked for Price Waterhouse in Edmonton, Toronto and Sydney, Australia.

Clay received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario. He also holds a Chartered Accountant designation.