The Scotiabank Women InitiativeTM

Women + Opportunity = Success

Gillian Riley, the force behind The Scotiabank Women InitiativeTM, on how she plans to move the dial for female entrepreneurs.

Gillian Riley still recalls the first female entrepreneur she helped to secure the capital to pursue her dreams.

“I always remember, one of the first loans that I ever made was to a woman who was starting out a frozen hors d’oeuvres company,” says Riley, Executive-Vice President at Scotiabank. “She had some seed capital from her father and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this woman’s going to make a go of it!’ And she did. She did an amazing job building the business. You knew that the commitment was there.”

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