Speaker Profiles

Gillian Riley

Gillian Riley

Senior Vice President

Commercial Banking - Scotiabank

Riley is Senior
Vice President
for Scotiabank’s Canadian Commercial Bank. In this role,
Gillian manages a regional sales force located throughout Canada that
serves more than 21,000 Commercial clients. She also leads Canada’s Agricultural Banking portfolio
and business development in the domestic Commercial market. 

to her current role, Gillian was Senior Vice President and Head of Retail Deposits,
Payments and Lending, where she managed Canadian Retail and Small Business
deposits, GIC investments and payments—including debit cards, credit cards and
unsecured lending. Since joining the bank in 1994, Gillian has held progressively
more senior positions – including Senior Vice President of Retail Deposits and
Head of Dundee Bank in Canada,
and Vice President of Retail Mortgages in Canada.  Prior to the executive positions Gillian was
part of a cross functional role moving around to learn about various areas of
the Canadian Bank.  Gillian started her
career in Commercial Banking.

holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Hartford
Business School, studied in France,
and has a Bachelor of Arts (major in Economics) from the University of Western

Gillian previously held committee
positions at The Canadian Bankers Association, Interac and the Visa Advisory
Boards. Gillian is actively involved in the community, serving on the board of
the Women’s College Hospital Foundation, managing a girls’ tournament soccer
team, and raising funds for the local public school, Gillian and her husband
Chris have three children.


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