Women at National Bank

The Bank encourages the professional development and career advancement of talented women, both within its organization and in the communities it serves.

Our initiatives

Women's Leadership Network

Launched in 2012, the Women's Leadership Network was created for women pursuing their careers at National Bank who wish to move up within the organization. Through mentorships and networking activities, members of the Women's Leadership Network are able to increase their knowledge of the Bank, expand their professional network and improve their leadership skills.

The Network is also aimed at promoting the business development of female clients. This initiative is a concrete solution for attracting and building retention among female employees, managers and clients today and tomorrow. For more information about the Women's Leadership Network, send an e-mail to rft@nbc.ca.

Women in Financial Markets Scholarship

This initiative, the only one of its kind in the financial markets sector, encourages skilled and talented women to pursue graduate studies in a finance-related field, while providing them with the opportunity to get acquainted with our organization.

Selected candidates are awarded a scholarship and benefit from the mentorship of an officer from our Financial Markets group.


Women's representation on our board of directors

With seven women on its Board of Directors at April 2015, National Bank is a Canadian leader in terms of the representation of women on corporate boards.

In addition, the Bank is a signatory of the Catalyst Accord, which aims to increase the number of women on corporate boards of directors in Canada to at least 25% by 2020.

To turn words into action, the Bank has established clear guidelines to ensure that it meets this objective. The Bank is committed to ensuring that women make up half the nominees for director positions that become vacant. The Bank is proud to report that women currently represent 44% of its directors, making it one of Canada's top organizations in this regard.

Industry-recognized officers

Over the years, several female National Bank officers have made the list of Canada's most influential women. Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 awards, presented by the Toronto-based Women’s Executive Network, recognize the most influential women in senior management positions in Canada who are both actively engaged in their field and in their community.

2016 The AFFQ has awarded a prize to National Bank's Women's Leadership Network in the "initiative for the advancement of women in finance" category.  This is the first time this prize recognizing initiatives promoting the development and advancement of women in finance has been awarded. 
2015 Diane Giard, Executive Vice-President, Personal and Commercial Banking was named one of the Most Powerful Women in Canada: Top 100 for the second year in a row.  
2014 Lynn Jeanniot, Executive Vice-President - Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, named for the fifth time to Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 and inducted into the Hall of Fame. 
2014 Michelle Leduc, Vice-President -  Operations, Retail Financing, recipient of the AFFQ Grand Mentor Award

Our Partners

Association of Quebec Women in Finance
WXN – Women's Executive Network
Women in Capital Market