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2017 Start Proud Leaders To Be Proud Of – Professional Leadership Award goes to… Lawrence Spicer!


Lawrence Spicer with Albert Lam

September 14, 2017 – Recognizing individuals who have made exceptional contributions both in their professional life and within the LGBTQ community in Canada, Start Proud's 2017Leaders To Be Proud Of Professional Leadership Award has been given to RBC’s Lawrence Spicer, VP, Internal Audit, P&CB.

As an authentic LGBT senior leader, Lawrence is committed to using his executive profile inside and outside RBC to drive change. He is a tireless champion of LGBT+ youth through advocacy work in Canada and internationally, and acts as a formal and informal mentor to many young professionals and colleagues. Within RBC, Lawrence has held increasingly senior roles over his 29-year career, including VP, Channel Strategy, Regional Vice President, Sales and Service for RBC Caribbean and Regional Operating Officer in the Greater Toronto Region. His role as Executive Chair of the RBC PRIDE Employee Resource Group for the past three years allows him to help drive initiatives that benefit LGBT+ employees.

Outside of RBC, he sits on the Queen’s University Executive Advisory Council, supporting the development of their inaugural LGBT+ Professional Leadership Program, and was ranked number 40 on the Top 100 OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Executives list, published by the Financial Times London. He’s a frequent speaker at events targeting LGBT young professionals and university students, and is also an advocate and benefactor of the Bill 7 Awards, an annual scholarship program aimed at supporting at-risk LGBT+ youth through education.

The selection committee agreed that his passion and achievements embody the characteristics of an exceptional leader, and that Start Proud's student membership and future Canadian business leaders, can look to him as a role model.

 

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