CAGS renews agreement with MD Financial Management Inc. and Scotiabank

OTTAWA, November 16, 2021

MD Financial Management Inc. (MD) and Scotiabank today announced a renewed three-year agreement with the Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS) to support education and research in order to advance excellence in surgical care for all and empower General Surgeons to improve patients’ lives.

Funding will support the following:

  • The annual scientific meeting, a national conference that brings best practices, innovative approaches to surgery, research findings and non-technical skills development to practising General Surgeons and residents.
  • Development of strategic initiatives in education and research that empower General Surgeons to improve patients’ lives.
  • Programs to help launch residents’ careers in general surgery, including technical skills enhancement and education in non-technical areas such as managing a professional practice.

“We’re proud to support the development of programs and services that contribute to the professional growth of General Surgeons,” says MD CEO Daniel Labonté. “We also understand that financial well-being plays an important role in personal and professional growth, and we are committed to helping General Surgeons and their families achieve their financial goals.”

As the exclusive financial services partners of CAGS, MD and Scotiabank provide educational content, advice and financial planning solutions tailored to the specific needs of General Surgeons and their families.

“It is a pleasure to partner with Scotiabank and MD,” says Shelley Pelkey, CEO of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons. “By providing access to tools that empower our members to manage their finances, it is our hope that the burden of these challenging times will be alleviated somewhat, allowing them to focus on our shared vision of excellence in patient care for all.”

As the financial services partners of more than 30 organizations, MD and Scotiabank are deeply committed to supporting Canada’s physicians and their families.

About Scotiabank
Scotiabank is a leading bank in the Americas. Guided by our purpose: “for every future” we help our customers, their families and their communities achieve success through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of over 90,000 employees and assets of approximately $1.2 trillion (as at July 31, 2021), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

About MD Financial Management Inc.
With more than 50 years of physician-focused experience, MD Financial Management Inc. (MD) is dedicated to providing financial peace of mind to Canada’s physicians and their families, so they can enjoy what matters most to them while achieving their career and life goals. MD had more than $60 billion in assets under management as of October 28, 2021. MD Management Limited was the first of the MD Group of Companies to be founded, in 1969. MD Financial Management Inc. wholly owns or has a majority interest in its seven subsidiaries (the MD Group of Companies). It provides financial products and services, is the fund manager for the MD Family of Funds and offers investment counselling services. For a detailed list of the MD Group of Companies, visit

About the Canadian Association of General Surgeons
CAGS is the national voice of General Surgeons in Canada, representing over 1,500 members and general surgery residents. Through investments in education and research, CAGS’s dedicated leadership team continually strives to provide the tools, support and resources for our members to achieve excellence in surgical care. Our advocacy efforts aim to improve the functioning of surgical care systems and practices and to improve access to quality surgical care in urban and rural settings, across Canada. For a detailed list of strategic initiatives and member services, visit

For media inquiries, please contact:
Katie O’Dell
Director, Communications, Global Wealth Management
Scotiabank | Global Communications
647 472-5857

Yali N’Diaye
Communications Manager
MD Financial Management Inc.
367 995-8877

Shelley Pelkey
Chief Executive Officer
The Canadian Association of General Surgeons
613 518 0556 ext. 1