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“We got more than we expected with the Scotiabank StartRight Program.”


Names: Ayan and Sharmistha Kar

Country of origin: India

Year of arrival in Canada: 2008

Why we are Scotiabank customers: Ayan Kar and his wife Sharmistha first dreamt of moving to Canada five years ago. Practical advice at a ‘Know Before You Go’ seminar hosted by Scotiabank before they left India smoothed the ups and downs of their settlement experience. “Honestly, it’s thanks to that session that we were ready,” says Sharmistha, recalling how the presenters spoke honestly about the professional challenges immigrants can face in Canada. The couple signed up for the Scotiabank StartRight® Program at the Scotiabank branch in Bengaluru, to apply for a bank account and credit card before leaving India. “They patiently answered our questions about the process and we realized the importance of free banking for one year, since you take transactions for granted at home,” says Sharmistha. 

They earned our total trust: Their finances were handled smoothly on arrival in Calgary by Sonia Matharu, a senior personal banking officer at the Castleridge Centre branch. “We got more than we expected with the Scotiabank StartRight Program, since our credit card was ready and Sonia gave us tips on housing. Thanks to Scotiabank we had fewer worries on arrival, and the right expectations, even about the snow.”

Posted: Oct 2, 2013

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