Design Exchange



Holdings include documents and textual records as well as a small collection of publications related to design.


Collection includes over 1000 pieces of Canadian design spanning over six decades.

Public Programming:


Exhibitions are rotating, often focused on contemporary Canadian design. Past exhibits include: Stephen Burks Man Made Toronto, Designers in the Classroom, RGD Spacial Graphics and Capacity – an exploration of women in design.


Tours focus on the architectural history of the financial district from 1900s to present day.


Five on-line exhibits display photographs of artifacts from the permanent collection:

  • Electronics,
  • Furniture,
  • House wares,
  • Lighting,
  • Textiles.


Lectures, workshops, and film screenings.

Scotiabank Group Archives

Conservation / Preservation:

Archives / Library

Dating as far back as 1820, collections include:

  • Amalgamated & Associated Companies Annual Reports & Statements (1832 – Present).
  • Architectural Plans & Drawings.
  • Artefacts, Audiovisual Collection of branches and offices.
  • Canadian Contemporary Fine Art Collection & Documentary Portrait Collection.
  • Corporate Records, Manuals & Circulars.
  • Marketing, Advertising & Promotional Material.
  • Numismatic Collection.
  • Photographs (1860 – Present).
  • Publications & Staff Magazines.

Public Programming:


On an annual basis, the Scotiabank Group Archives prepares three types of displays:

  • Heritage Posters: focused on the history of the Bank as well as its mergers and acquisitions.
  • Branch Anniversary Posters: customized posters created for all branches celebrating their 100th, 125th, 150th or 175th anniversary.
  • Virtual Exhibits: internal and external websites.


The Scotiabank Group Archives has created online exhibits to highlight its collection through an online timeline.


The Fine Art Collection is displayed in publicly-accessible areas in Group offices and branches. Individual or group tours of the Fine Art Collection are available to all Scotiabankers, shareholders, pensioners, clients as well as members of the general public by appointment.