April 7, 2009 – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, federal Minister of Labour, presented RBC with an award of recognition today for success in promoting diversity in the workplace. The award recognizes RBC's outstanding leadership in promoting diversity in the workplace and ongoing commitment to the principles of employment equity.
During the award presentation, Minister Ambrose said RBC has shown "leadership in promoting diversity and is a model for employers in Canada."
In accepting the award on behalf of RBC, George Lewis, Group Head, Wealth Management, highlighted the importance of diversity to RBC's success. "When we create inclusive work cultures with fair and equitable talent management practices, everyone can achieve their full potential. We can then recruit, retain and advance the best people from around the globe. Our reward is productivity and strong business performance, while building healthier communities."
According to Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human Resource Officer, "Recognition by the federal government is an honour, as well as confirmation that RBC continues to win by respecting and leveraging our similarities and differences. Drawing upon the resources of our businesses, geographies, markets and people, we generate ideas and solutions that break new ground."
The award was presented today at a ceremony in Toronto attended by more than 50 employees.