Sean St. John

Sean St. John is a Canadian banking executive and philanthropist who currently serves as the executive vice president, managing director and Head of Fixed Income and Co-Head of Risk Management Solutions at National Bank Canada. In this role, he is responsible for the Fixed Income division, including Sales and Trading, Debt Capital Markets, Infrastructure Finance and Risk Management.

Early life

Currently living and working in Toronto, Sean St. John grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from York University in 1990.


Sean St. John began his career as a junior bond trader at Burns Fry, and later worked as a corporate bond trader at Richardson Greenshields. In 1996, he joined National Bank of Canada as Head of Corporate Trading. In 2009, he became Co-Head of Fixed Income division, helping to transform it into a top ranked Canadian underwriter. He has been instrumental in establishing National Bank as a major player in the Canadian market.

In 2012, St. John became a member of the Financial Markets Management Committee. He was appointed sole Head of Fixed Income, Debt and Equity Capital Markets in 2015. In 2018, St. John became Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities. He is currently Executive Vice President, managing director, Head of Fixed Income, Co-Head of Risk Management Solutions.

Net Worth



Sean St. John is known for his charitable work. He devotes himself to serving his community through both local and national organizations. He is on the board of Right to Play, and a supporter of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, as well as the Children’s Aid Foundation. He is also on the Board of Governors for Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer.

He was proud to be part of National Bank’s team that participated in the annual Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer 2018 event, which was held at the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. The event raised $2.7 million, which benefited cancer research at the Princess Margaret Centre, one of the top five cancer research facilities in the world.

St. John is a descendant of mixed European and Mohawk First Nations heritage, and his belief in the transformative power of play and sport led him to want to create opportunities for Indigenous youth to experience that power in their own lives. That’s what drew him to Right To Play and the Promoting Life-Skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program. He also chaired the 2018 Right to Play Heroes Gala, which raised $2.8 million. The next year he participated in the Right To Play Youth Leadership Symposium.

In March of 2019, St. John was involved in the Tech4Good tournament, along with Bryan Trottier and other NHL pro hockey players, to support Connected North, a program using video technology to deliver education, mental health and wellness services to students in remote northern communities in Canada.

In 2020, St. John co-founded with Thi Be Nguyen the Social Impact Film and Arts Festival, an international festival in Canada that highlights film and art projects with a focus on global social issues.

In 2022, St. John received the Champions of Change award from Women in Capital Markets.

At the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, he is a member of the board’s Granting Committee; at the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, he is Chair of the board’s Equity and Inclusion Committee Council; at Right To Play Canada, he is co-Chair of the board’s Indigenous Program.

Since 2022, he has also been a member of the NAC Foundation Board of Directors in 2022.