TORONTO, November 29, 2010, – Every year, the Women's Executive Network (WXN) honours what it describes as the "exceptional women leaders of Canada." In 2010, three RBC leaders -- Francine Blackburn, Executive Vice President in Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human Resources Officer and Jennifer Tory, Regional President of the Greater Toronto Region - were recognized among this group of top women achievers. Ms. Hirji and Ms. Tory were named recipients of the prestigious 2010 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ Awards and Ms. Blackburn was announced as an inductee to Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ Hall of Fame.
"We are extremely proud of Francine, Zabeen, and Jennifer," said Gordon M. Nixon, President and Chief Executive Officer of RBC. "This recognition honours not only the calibre, professionalism and diverse contributions of these three women, but is also a testament to the value of diversity in our senior leadership team and throughout our company. Today, 39 per cent of our executives are women."
Prior to her current role, Francine was Executive Vice President and Chief Internal Auditor at RBC for 11 years. In addition to her role at RBC, Ms. Blackburn is actively involved in the community. She sits on the Board of Governors and the Audit & Finance Committee of North York General Hospital and also served on the Board of Directors and chaired the Audit & Finance Committee of the Toronto French School. She also sits on McGill University's Global Leadership Panel and has been a guest lecturer in the Management Faculty.
In her current role, Zabeen has global responsibility for Human Resources at RBC. As a member of RBC's Group Executive, she is one of ten executives responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC. She previously held management roles in Credit Cards, Operations and Retail Banking. Ms. Hirji is Co-Chair of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, Vice-Chair of the Capital Campaign for Women's College Hospital in Toronto, a director of the Mosaic Institute and a member of the DiverseCity Steering Committee, an initiative of the Toronto City Summit Alliance.
Since joining RBC in 1978, Jennifer has held a variety of senior leadership and executive sales management positions. In her current role, Ms. Tory leads a team of 4,000 employees in providing financial advice and services to RBC's personal, small business and commercial clients. She recently completed a two-year term as Chair of the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation and is now Chair of Sunnybrook's Capital Campaign. In addition, she serves as a Director of The Toronto International Film Festival and The Toronto Board of Trade.
The complete list of 2010 winners can be found at www.top100women.ca . Women who have won the Top 100 award three or more times are inducted to Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame.