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Zabeen Hirji is honoured with Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)

July 4, 2016 - During a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Thursday, June 23, Governor General David Johnston presented Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human Resources Officer at RBC, with Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) for advancing diversity and inclusion.

“Congratulations to all of the recipients, who inspire us to find our passions, to show compassion, and to make this a smarter and more caring world.” – Governor General David Johnston.

The Meritorious Service Decorations recognize Canadians for exceptional deeds that bring honour to our country.

Zabeen is recognized for being a transformational leader who has made building a truly inclusive workplace her mission. She has championed diversity and inclusion as both a business imperative and as one of RBC’s core values. It is now a critical part of RBC’s culture and is integrated into our talent management practices.

“I've witnessed first-hand Zabeen's passion, generosity and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others,” says Dave McKay, President & Chief Executive Officer at RBC. “Diversity and inclusion has been an important part of our business strategy for a long time, and Zabeen's leadership is a big reason. She is an inspiring leader who has helped make RBC, as well as our communities and Canada better places to be. On behalf of all RBCers, it is my honour and pleasure to congratulate Zabeen on this well-deserved recognition.”

Zabeen joins other notable past recipients for their remarkable achievements including astronaut Chris Hadfield and mental health activist and Olympian Clara Hughes.


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