Director, Capital Markets Compliance Canada
Risk (Compliance), RBC Capital Markets
I provide compliance support to the commodities trading desk and Over-The-Counter (OTC) derivatives businesses of RBC Capital Markets in Canada. My mother is Mohawk/Oneida, originally from Six Nations of the Grand River, near Brantford.
My role in compliance is my first role at RBC, which I joined two and a half years ago. Prior to joining RBC, I worked as a lawyer at another Canadian financial institution, providing legal and regulatory advice to its wealth management businesses. In terms of defining career moments, I was somewhat apprehensive about leaving private practice almost seven years ago at one of Canada’s largest law firms, but in hindsight it is one of the best career decisions I ever made.
Royal Eagles has presented an opportunity for me to meet and network with other Aboriginal employees in other lines of business, outside of Capital Markets. It has also given me an opportunity to participate in some great charitable initiatives that the Royal Eagles run and share some of my good fortune.
My personal connection to my community is my family. My mother has an incredibly large family – many of us grew up in Buffalo, NY, where many people from Six Nations went in the 50s for better job opportunities than were available to Aboriginal people who stayed on our reserve or went looking for work in Hamilton. We were always encouraged to do volunteer work in our community. I have done a lot of volunteer work over the years with native organizations in the City of Toronto (Nishnawbe Health and Miziwe Biik, an Aboriginal employment and training agency in the City of Toronto). I also did an internship with the Indian Law Resource Centre before I became a lawyer. These experiences have made me realize how important economic development opportunities are for Aboriginal people.
Luck, mentors, hard work, curiosity and the willingness to learn new things have contributed to my success. As a principle, I try to work collaboratively with my colleagues and other compliance and legal professionals.
It’s tough to pick one favourite thing to do – I love to cook and bake (and eat), and also enjoy travel, running, yoga and reading.