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“At Scotiabank, we build relationships based on trust.”


Lalit Jagasia, Associate, Multicultural Banking for India, South Asia, 
the Philippines and the Middle East, 416-933-2342.

Names: Lalit and Pooja Jagasia

Country of origin: India

Year of arrival in Canada: 2011

How I became a Scotiabanker: Born and raised in Mumbai, Lalit Jagasia left India in 1998 to work in the hospitality industry in Dubai. While working as general manager for a Canadian firm that guides international students to universities here, he educated himself about Canada. “You have to be convinced about a product to sell it effectively, and I was sold on Canada!” When he and his wife Pooja, who worked as regional head for a multinational company, decided to immigrate, he contacted Pankaj Mehra, Director, Multicultural Banking for India, South Asia, the Philippines and the Middle East, whom he had met in Dubai. He was interviewed for several jobs, but the only offers he had were for positions not related to his field, he says. “I was getting disheartened, when Pankaj called to tell me of a contractual position that was opening up at Scotiabank. He asked if I was interested. That was nearly three years ago, and here I am. Today, Pooja is working as a senior analyst for another international company here. We bought a home last summer. We couldn’t be happier!” 

Lalit’s advice for newcomers: “I was helped by so many people when I moved to Canada, now I help other newcomers. I tell them to check out the webinars Scotiabank hosts with Prepare for Canada and CIIP. The Scotiabank StartRight Program for Newcomers now includes a special offer of  $100 cash for opening an eligible account. At Scotiabank, we listen to you, simplify your banking and build relationships based on trust. ” 

Posted: Apr 30, 2014

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