Board & Governance

Board of Directors

Brian Porter

Independent Director

Former President & Chief Executive Officer, The Bank of Nova Scotia

Toronto, Ontario

Brian Porter joined the Emera Board in March 2024. 

He brings more than 40 years’ experience in the banking sector, having held a variety of senior positions within The Bank of Nova Scotia, including most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2013 until his retirement in 2023. 

Brian led Scotiabank through a period of significant growth and global expansion, while also driving efficiencies and reinforcing superior customer service. During his tenure as CEO, Scotiabank delivered strong results and steady sustainable, growth, with the value of its assets nearly doubling under his leadership.

Brian is a Director of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., Chair of the Board of Governors of Huron University College at Western University, Chair of the Ontario Infrastructure Bank and Chair of the Atlantic Salmon Federation (Canada). He previously served as Chair of the University Health Network (UHN) Board of Trustees in Toronto.

Brian received a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Dalhousie University in 2008 and from Ryerson University in 2018. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.