National Bank works with EY Canada to expand neurodiversity in the workplace

Montreal, April 4, 2022

National Bank is proud to launch an initiative to attract neurodivergent professionals to its teams of data engineering analysts and data scientists. To do so, the Bank collaborated with EY Canada to develop a customized recruitment experience.

“We are proud to offer candidates who identify as neurodivergent a personalized recruitment process that allows them to demonstrate the extent of their talent,” said Lucie Houle, Vice-President of Talent and Culture at National Bank. “This new approach allows us to welcome highly skilled candidates into our teams. Thank you to the EY team that is guiding us through this process and supporting our efforts to offer an even more inclusive recruitment experience.”

EY was among the first professional services firms to introduce a neurodiversity program in 2016, alongside a handful of forward-thinking companies that recognized the skills and value neurodivergent professionals can bring to the most complex areas of business.

“Many individuals who identify as neurodivergent are technologically inclined, detail-oriented and tenacious workers, and yet, this talent remains underutilized in the workforce. That’s a missed opportunity, not just for organizations, but for communities, families and society at large,” said Anthony Rjeily, EY Canada Neurodiversity Leader. “We’re thrilled to be supporting National Bank in launching an initiative that will create long-term value for their organization and the community as a whole.”

Employers in Canada report that attracting talent is one of their main challenges. However, Canadians with inherent cognitive differences represent approximately 20% of the population and many excel in future-focused competencies, such as analytical thinking, complex problem solving and creativity.

About National Bank of Canada
With $367 billion in assets as at January 31, 2022, National Bank of Canada, together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada's leading integrated financial groups. The Bank has more than 27,000 employees in knowledge-intensive positions and has been recognized numerous times as a top employer and for its commitment to diversity. Its securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). Follow the Bank’s activities at or via social media such as FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.


Stéphanie Rousseau
Senior Advisor, Public Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility
National Bank of Canada