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Deborah Alexander

Deborah Marjorie Alexander, B.A., L.L.B. (Inducted 2004)


A Brockville native Deborah graduated B.C.I. in 1969 and Queen's University with her B.A. in Economics in 1972. She entered Law School at Queen's and transferred to the University of Toronto in her second year in Law. She received her Bachelor of Law degree from University of Toronto in 1975, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1977, winning the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Prize for Civil Procedure.

She joined the Law Firm of Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt and later became a Senior Partner in the Business Law Department. Her practice focused on securities financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions in the Canadian, U.S. and international capital markets, and transactions relating to Canadian financial institutions. She became a member of the American Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Deborah has been a member of the Securities Advisory Committee to the Ontario Securities Commission and has lectured in various areas of securities law in Canada and the United States. In June 2002 Deborah became the first female Executive Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary of Scotiabank. She is responsible for managing the Bank's legal affairs worldwide, and acting as Corporate Secretary.

In November 2003 Deborah was named to the Top 100 List of Canada's Most powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network and the University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business. She has been a member of the Board of Governors for Crescent School, on the fundraising committee for Bloorview MacMillan Centre and a Director of the National Ballet of Canada.

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