RBC National Aboriginal Day 2013 – Career Snapshot

Jonathan Linklater

Jonathan Linklater

Project Control Officer
Technology & Operations


 

Tell us about your current role and where you’re from (heritage).

I am a Project Conrol Officer with the Linx CoE, a group in Technology & Operations (T&O) that will be managing the sustainment of a large program implementation. I am from Nelson House, Manitoba and a member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.

Can you tell us a little about some of the jobs you’ve had with RBC, the journey you’ve taken in your career and if there was any critical moves or defining moments that need to be highlighted.

I joined RBC through the IT Rotational Program. I rotated through three positions as Project Manager, Business Systems Analyst and Project Control Officer. I was lucky to have a mentor in my last rotation invite me to stay on her team full-time. I have since taken in a lot of internal and external training and I’m excited to continue learning through my career in T&O.

Royal Eagles was one of the first employee resource groups established at RBC to connect employees who are interested in building awareness and learning more about Canada’s Aboriginal cultures and communities. How has being part of an employee resource group impacted your experience at RBC?

Since first joining RBC, the Royal Eagles has been part of my experience at RBC. I was contacted by the group during my orientation, and put in touch with some great people who shared their experiences, advice and networks with me. The group motivated me to volunteer to Co-chair the Ontario chapter.

Can you advise why you chose to join RBC?

I joined RBC because of the IT Rotational Program. It was designed to onboard recent graduates and put individuals with little experience in a position to develop the skills and tools necessary to start a career in Technology & Operations. Not many organizations offer this kind of opportunity. Though I did not have a technical background, I was willing to step out of my comfort zone to take advantage of the program and have not looked back.

Do have a personal connection to the Aboriginal community? Can you talk a little bit about your background and how your experiences growing up have influenced you in your career at RBC?

Living in a large city far away from my home community makes it a challenge to stay connected to the Aboriginal Community. This is why the Royal Eagles is so essential for employees at RBC. Activities such as the Dawn Adams Gift Box program have brought a lot of us together to connect with and make an impact on many communities. I hope to continue to expand on these activities, and work as a group to identify more ways our members can grow these connections.

Aside from spending time with family and friends, what’s your favourite thing to do when you have time to yourself?

I like spending time our cabin at West Hawk Lake, Manitoba. We moved to Ottawa when I was five, but my family made the drive out to the cabin every summer when I was younger. When given some time in the summer, I never have to think about where I should be spending it.