Scotiabank Foundation



Through our charitable efforts, we strive to be relevant and responsive to the needs of local communities at the grassroots level. We are particularly interested in partnering with non-profit and charitable organizations that empower people with the skills, tools and information to help them become better off.

We focus primarily on children and children’s causes, in the areas of sport, education, health, community development and culture. At Scotiabank, investing in our communities has been always been a focus and, through our community sponsorships we support events and programs that have a meaningful and measurable impact on our communities.

In 2002 the Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Foundation was established, and is dedicated to furthering the cause of community assistance in Trinidad and Tobago. Through synergistic partnerships, the Foundation seeks to be a vehicle for capacity building for communities. In 2008, the Foundation obtained charitable status.

The Patron of the Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Foundation is former First Lady of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Mrs. Zalayhar Hassanali.


Roxane De Freitas – Chairperson

Roxane De Freitas was appointed as Chairperson of the Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Foundation in December 2017. She is presently a non-executive member of the Board of Directors, Unilever Caribbean Limited. She recently retired from Unilever Caribbean where she held the position of Regional North Exports Director and was a member of the Unilever Greater Caribbean Board. Roxane was the first female Managing Director of Unilever Caribbean Limited where she served for five years up to August 2012 when she was expatriated to the Head Office in Puerto Rico.

Roxane started her career with Unilever Caribbean Limited (formerly Lever Brothers West Indies Limited) in 1987, after graduating from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Since then, she has worked in different capacities in the sales, marketing and general management sectors in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. Over the years, Roxane has held senior positions in companies such as 3M Interamerica Inc. and SmithKline Beecham, before returning to Unilever Caribbean Limited at the senior management level in 1999.

Roxane is also a Director on the Board of Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Limited, since February 2009.


Sandra Chin Yuen Kee

Sandra Chin Yuen Kee has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry and is presently the Executive Chairman of Global Financial Brokers Limited

She began her working career in England and is a British trained State Registered Nurse. This experience, no doubt, has attributed to her success in the development and management of Health Insurance programs.

She has completed various training programs in Life Insurance and Employee Benefits, attaining full certificates in LUAC and AMTC. Her expertise lies in the area of Employee Benefits and Financial Planning. Mrs. Chin Yuen Kee has served on the boards of prestigious local companies such as The La Brea Industrial Development Corporation, as a Director of the South Cancer Support Group, the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex Authority as well as several other private companies.

Mrs. Chin Yuen Kee served on the council of the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago for several years. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of United Way of Trinidad & Tobago, The Heroes Foundation, Loan for Enterprise and Network Development (LEND) and the ScotiaBank Trinidad & Tobago Foundation. Mrs. Chin Yuen Kee is also the Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago chapter of the International Women’s Forum (IWF).


Carlene Seudat

Carlene Seudat is the Vice President, Operations and Shared Services Company Limited, Scotiabank.

She joined Scotiabank in 1999 and has moved from strength to strength in her career at Scotiabank. She possesses expertise in retail management, corporate and commercial banking and credit risk. Carlene oversees the key functional areas in Banking Operations, Accounting Support and Controls, Branch Operations, Credit and Customer Support Activities for 18 countries over the English Speaking Caribbean region.

She possesses a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. She also completed her Chartered Management Accounting Accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


Zalayhar Hassanali – Patron

Former First Lady of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Patron of the Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Foundation, Mrs. Zalayhar Hassanali, is widely considered to be a national icon – a woman whose warmth and generosity have touched the lives of many through her selfless efforts in volunteerism. As the wife of the late former President, Noor Hassanali, she represented this country for a decade, from 1987 to 1997, with grace, poise and an undeniable humility, which has its roots in her humble upbringing in the rural town of Siparia.

The seventh of twelve children, born to Ali Mohammed and his wife Khartoon Shah, Mrs. Hassanali dedicated her life to helping her fellow men and women from an early age. It was this desire to serve and empower others that led to her being awarded the Order of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 2011. This award was presented for distinguished and outstanding service to Trinidad and Tobago for community service. Today, the former Naps girl still shows no intention of slowing down, as she continues to collaborate with the Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Foundation and other organisations in her commitment to help uplift the lives of others.


Vicki-Ann Assevero

Vicki-Ann Assevero is an international lawyer and social entrepreneur with a longstanding interest in sustainable development. She represented multinational energy companies and international organizations early in her career with Duncan, Allen & Talmage in Cote d’Ivoire and Washington, D.C.. She also worked at the U.S. Commerce Department and the OECD in Paris on issues related to personal privacy in electronic records.

Her corporate experience, including a term as a Director for AES (NYSE) led her to shift focus and represent developing countries in their negotiations with corporations, the multilateral banks and investors as a partner at Holland & Knight. She was a senior advisor and counsel at LEX Caribbean and is currently a consultant on mediation to Nunez and Company.

A 2010 LLM in Sustainable Development Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy offered her an opportunity to represent the Bar of the City of New York at Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. That experience motivated her to found The Green Market Santa Cruz in Trinidad in 2012 as a practical experiment in community based sustainable development. As The Green Market’s Executive Director, she concentrates on changing patterns of food consumption and production.

The Green Market was recognized in 2016 by the UNDP as an example of integrated sustainable development I practice.


Peter Ghany

Mr. Peter Ghany completed his undergraduate studies at Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Business Commerce. Peter continued his scholastic career at Clarkson University in New York, where he obtained his MBA with Honours. On his return to Trinidad, Peter started working at the family business, Esau Oilfield Supplies Company Limited (ESAU) and is currently its Managing Director. Under his leadership, ESAU has expanded into USA, Guyana and Columbia. Peter extends his wealth of knowledge to students of UWI ROYTEC, where he held the position of Department Head for Marketing, Sales and Public Relations for twenty years.

Peter has been on The Scotiabank of Trinidad and Tobago Foundation Board for five years and enjoys working with our various charities.


Dr. Mark Pounder

Dr Mark Pounder has over thirty years medical experience in both Government and in the private sector. He graduated from UWI medical school having competed his training at Mona Campus Jamaica. In addition to his private practice, he has worked in emergency as well as in primary health care facilities as a District Medical Officer (DMO) and as Police Medical Officer. His special interests are in prevention of disease and in health life styles. Dr Pounder has also served on several boards in the private sector.


Cindy Mohammed – General Manager

Cindy Mohammed was appointed as the General Manager in February 2018. She is a public relations and corporate communications professional with 12 years’ experience across different industries in both the local and regional landscapes.
She is also presently the Manager, Public and Corporate Affairs, Sponsorship and Philanthropy at Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Limited, a position she has held since May 2012. In this capacity, Cindy manages the public relations thrust of the Bank, inclusive of media relations, event management and the management of the Bank’s sponsorship properties.

Cindy is an advocate for providing young people with opportunities to succeed and is passionate about her responsibilities related to the Bank’s corporate social responsibility footprint and recognises the power of community giving back.
She holds a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Management Studies/Finance from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.


Cheryl Hernandez – Foundation Support Officer

Cheryl Hernandez has been with the Scotiabank Foundation since 2013. Over this period, Cheryl has played a key role in the achievement of Scotiabank’s CSR objectives by managing the daily operations of the Foundation. Cheryl’s commitment to the planning and implementation of philanthropy programmes has contributed to the increase in brand recognition. She works closely with all stakeholders and the Marketing team to ensure the successful execution of donations and sponsorships. Cheryl has also contributed to the development of Systems and Operations procedures for the Foundation and Customer Due Diligence regulations and reporting.

Prior to joining the Scotiabank Foundation, Cheryl managed advertising and marketing campaigns for companies in the telecommunications, retail and insurance sectors. She completed Certification in Strategic and Marketing Communications from Schulich School of Business, Toronto, Canada.

Cheryl is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of youth and enjoys showing up daily at the Foundation.


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