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Scotiabank

September 26, 2014 10:16 ET

Scotiabank Recognized Again as Leader in Aboriginal Relations

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - September 26, 2014) - Scotiabank has been recognized by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) for building positive relations with Aboriginal businesses, people and communities.

Scotiabank received The Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Gold rating which recognizes companies that have demonstrated effective programs and policies to maximize involvement with the Canadian Aboriginal community.

"Scotiabank is proud to be recognized by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. We understand the need to develop strong partnerships with Aboriginal communities, individuals and businesses," said Brian Porter, Scotiabank's President and CEO. "This recognition acknowledges our commitment and encourages us to continue to strengthen our involvement with the Aboriginal community."

This is the second consecutive time that Scotiabank has been recognized by CCAB at the PAR Gold Level. Scotiabank is one of only four companies in Canada that have been awarded with the distinction in 2014.

"Scotiabank's ongoing support of the Aboriginal community will help ensure that they have the skills and experience needed to fully participate in our growing economy, to enjoy greater economic self-reliance and a better quality of life," said The Right Honourable Paul Martin, founder of the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative.

PAR provides companies with the ability to conduct a comprehensive self-assessment of their performance in four categories: employment, community investment, business development and community engagement. The results and findings are externally verified and rated by a jury. Gold certified companies exhibit long-standing leadership and sustainability in Aboriginal relations.

"It is through the continued commitment of forward thinkers such as Scotiabank that the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and the PAR program continue to encourage mutual understanding while building a brighter economic future for all Canadians," JP Gladu, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

The awards were announced at the CCAB's 12th Annual Gala Celebration in Vancouver on September 25, 2014. 

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is a leading financial services provider in over 55 countries and Canada's most international bank. Through Bright Future, our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank and its employees support causes at a grassroots level across six pillars: health, education, social services, arts and culture, environment and sports. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has contributed on average some $50 million annually over the last five years to community causes around the world. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

About the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) was founded in 1984 by a small group of visionary business and community leaders led by Murray Koffler. CCAB is committed to the full participation of Aboriginal people in Canada's economy. A national non-profit organization, CCAB offers knowledge, resources, and programs to both mainstream and Aboriginal owned companies that foster economic opportunities for Aboriginal people and businesses across Canada.

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