November 11, 2013 - RBC has donated $200,000 to support Canada’s National Arts Centre (NAC) Orchestra as they head out on an educational tour of the United Kingdom to commemorate the First World War Centenary. The NAC is honoured to announce His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales as Royal Patron for the tour.
“We are honoured to celebrate Canadian achievements on the world stage, and support this magnificent orchestra in its tour to the U.K., where we have more than 100 years of history,” said Gord Nixon, president and CEO of RBC. “We are pleased to help commemorate Canada’s contributions to the First World War on behalf all of our employees whose family members served.”
Almost 1,500 RBC employees enlisted for active service in the First World War. Of these, 191 lost their lives with 60 per cent of those enlisted returning to the bank after the war. In 1920, RBC published a Roll of Honour commemorating staff members who died or were missing in action. Eight years later, the bank erected large memorial tablets in a newly constructed head office building in Montreal.
As part of the tour, the NAC Orchestra will perform six major concerts and participate in more than two dozen education and outreach activities to commemorate Canada's contributions to the First World War and also to celebrate the deep and longstanding ties between Canada and the U.K.
The First World War is particularly significant to Canadians and is often portrayed as a pivotal moment in Canadian history when Canada came of age as a nation. The 2014 U.K. Tour will honour the legacy of the Great War through music by marking this important anniversary and engaging young people in Canada and the U.K. in their shared history.
RBC is a long-standing supporter of the arts in Canada and around the world, and is recognized among the world's financial, social and environmental leaders. RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2012, we contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $64 million and $31 million in sponsorships. For more information on employee involvement in the First and Second World Wars, please visit: http://www.rbc.com/history/celebrating-our-history/in-remembrance/index.html