Manager, Scotiabank / President & Owner, Bellemoun, Toronto, ON. Born: St. Lucia
Karlyn Percil is a host, entrepreneur, former model, manager & philanthropist. Karlyn migrated to Toronto in 2003 and has been employed with Scotiabank for over 11 years, with extensive experience both in Canada and the Caribbean. At Scotiabank, she helps to develop leaders outside of Toronto on the National Workforce Committee; facilitates the bank’s key international leadership strategy; oversees the operations and business needs for 21 Countries/Collection Units (within the Caribbean and Latin America); and is the newly elected President of the Scotia Caribbean Professional Network, an employment resource group for Scotiabank employees geared towards employee engagement & empowerment.
Karlyn is also an entrepreneur with her own clothing line, Bellemoun, which celebrates culture and diversity and donates part of her line’s proceeds to her not-for profit organization, Bellemoun Community Network. The BCN provides visibility and structured assistance for small, youth driven not-for-profits and individuals in Canada and across the Caribbean.
Community: Organized various educational fundraising events for the Aids Action Foundation as well as events for the Children’s Orphanage in her native home of St. Lucia; worked with Impact Solutions on the Bell Celebrity Gala and the Niagara Wine Auction for the Sick Kids Foundation; volunteer with the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) for over 5 years; Chair for the BBPA Harry Jerome Awards for the past 3 years; facilitates leadership & etiquette workshops for at-risk youths and other organizations aimed at enhancing interpersonal skills and self-esteem; hosted 1st Annual “Cinema Noir” for the Canadian Black Film Festival and the distinguished Planet Africa Awards.
Favourite book: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Nothing in life is a co-incidence…reminds me that as we dream, we become. I love the simple yet profound message it brings: To not let the little things stress me out and to what we think we are, we are…the power lies in our hands. Always.
Favourite quote: “The three keys to success are: Perseverance, Prayer & Patience.” – Karlyn Percil
Given the chance, what would you do that you haven’t done yet? Host my own talk show full time.
Who inspires you? I draw inspiration from the little things and the numerous individuals around me, but who inspires me the most is my late grandfather, Camille Francois. He believed that one can accomplish anything and he never let anything hold him back; if he wanted to do something he would find a way to do it. He viewed obstacles as stepping stones to success.
Why do you do what you do? We are here to make each other’s lives better. God placed me here for a reason; me doing what I do is a way to say thank you to Him for giving me the gifts and talents He has given. Inspiring others and having a positive impact on humanity drives me to keep on giving.