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Scotiabank helps you Start Right in Canada


“I understand newcomers’ needs, I have been in their shoes”

Name Avnish Soni
Title Senior Personal Banking Officer, White Rock Branch, Surrey, British Columbia. 604-541-3400.
Country of origin New Delhi, India
Year of arrival in Canada 2009
How I became a Scotiabanker Back in 2008, at a seminar sponsored by Scotiabank in New Delhi, the Soni family was excited about moving to Canada. Bank representatives explained financial services to help them get established in their new country, and Avnish, an MBA-trained branch manager at one of India’s largest banks, was excited by the prospect of seeking work at the Canadian bank. “I’m a go-getter and I liked how Scotiabank was proactive in sharing settlement information and pre-arranging banking and credit services,” recalls Avnish, referring to the Scotiabank StartRight® Program1 for Newcomers, which includes a free day-to-day bank account for one year , a wide range of VISA* card options and a number of other customized services and benefits. “I decided to make Canada’s most international bank the first target in my job search.” Avnish worked odd jobs while he studied for his mutual funds license, joined professional associations, and often visited the Scotiabank branch to keep in touch. His determination paid off when 18 months later he was hired into the Bank training program. Now a Senior Personal Banking Officer at Scotiabank’s suburban White Rock Branch, Avnish is eager to dispense tips on personal finance, government services and career-building.

Avnish’s advice for newcomers “A newcomer has many fears of the unknown, and my goal is to be their friend who is a banker, showing them how to lower expenses, manage credit, and learn how Canada works. Take a job to put food on the table, but don’t lose focus on what you want to do. Work on your language skills, learn about job market expectations and see how you can add value.”


Scotiabank branches in India

Mumbai Mittal Tower, Nariman Point. Phone: 22-236-4200
New Delhi Dr Gopal Das Bhavan, Barakhamba Road. Phone: 11-335-1522
Coimbatore Classic Towers, Trichy Road. Phone: 422-303-404
Bengaluru SN Towers, MG Road. Phone: 80-558-1415
Hyderabad Banjara Hills. Phone: 40-666-2265


1. The Scotiabank StartRight Program, created for Canadian Landed Immigrants from 0-3 years in Canada, International Students and Foreign Workers. The Scotiabank StartRight Mortgage Program, created for Canadian Landed Immigrants and Foreign Workers from 0-5 years in Canada. 2. See #1 in our ad of this publication for details of the offer. 3. See #5 in our ad of this publication for details of the offer. ® Registered trademarks of The Bank of Nova Scotia. *VISA Int./Licensed User The Bank of Nova Scotia.

Posted: Apr 3, 2013

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