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Awards & Recognition

You are on: 2013

  • In July, RBC was recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal (opens new window) for their 10th Annual Innovations in Diversity Awards competition. We placed 9th out of over 50 others organizations. The award recognizes organizations for new and spirited thinking on diversity and inclusion. Our efforts on integrating newcomers to Canada was the theme for RBC's winning submission.
  • RBC has once again been recognized for being one of Canada' 2013 Best Workplaces (five years running).This recognition is determined in an annual study by the Great Place to Work© Institute Canada and The Globe and Mail. The "Best Workplaces in Canada" study is primarily based on an employee survey that measures the level of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie in the workplace.
  • For the third consecutive year, RBC has been recognized as one of the Best Employers for New Canadians. This national competition honours employers that offer innovative programs for new Canadians as well as an inclusive workplace where individual identity, diverse perspectives and ideas are valued and respected.
  • Gord Nixon has been awarded the CEO Leadership in Action award by the Diversity Journal (a leading North American diversity publication). Gord was recognized in a special issue of the magazine in March of this year. The issue is designed to showcase CEO commitment, leadership and, most importantly, engagement in diversity, inclusion and human equity.
  • Zabeen Hirji has been selected by Diversity Canada as one of 2013's Influential Women in Diversity and HR. Zabeen was featured in the first quarter issue of Diversity Canada Magazine in April. She was also featured in DiversityCan Digital, a digital eMagazine that reaches over 76,000 readers in Canada and the U.S.
  • RBC Diversity leaders were featured in AMÖI Magazine (Canada's largest and only magazine that focuses on diversity from all angles) profiling RBC's commitment to diversity and inclusion. The feature includes a 24-page spread that begins with an article on Gord Nixon and his passion for diversity.

You are on: 2012

  • RBC President & CEO Gord Nixon was selected as a 2012 Catalyst Canada Honouree. The prestigious annual Catalyst Canada Honours (opens new window) recognizes exceptional individuals who have demonstrated commitment, passion and results in championing the advancement of women in Canadian business.
  • Marking a decade of celebrating female leaders, the Women’s Executive Network (WXN)(opens new window) inducted Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human Resources Officer, into Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame. As a four-time Top 100 Award Winner, Zabeen’s achievements are further honoured this year through her induction.
  • Women in Capital Markets (WCM) recognized RBC’s Mark Hughes, Chief Operating Officer, and RBC’s Annie Ropar, Managing Director, Global Equities, with the Women in Capital Markets’ (WCM) 2012 Award for Leadership,(opens new window) marking the third consecutive year that RBC Capital Markets employees have been recognized with these annual awards.
  • Gus Kotsiomitis, VP Commercial Banking was presented with the 2012 WIL Award (opens new window) for outstanding community leadership in facilitating the economic integration of immigrants and newcomers  
  • Manju Jessa, Senior Counsel with the Wealth Management legal team, was awarded In House Counsel of the Year(opens new window) by the South Asian Bar of Association of Toronto (SABA). In awarding her with this honour, Manju was recognized for her outstanding leadership of her team in helping her business partners receive high quality, timely, cost effective and innovative legal services relating to international private client products, services and credit transactions; for her outstanding individual contributions to the General Counsel Group's diversity and pro bono initiatives; and for her mentoring work with a number of non-RBC professionals.
  • RBC was recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada"(opens new window) for the fourth year in a row. This recognition is determined in an annual study by the Great Place to Work® Institute Canada and The Globe and Mail.
  • For the second consecutive year, RBC was recognized as one of the best places to work for new Canadians (opens new window) by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This national competition honours employers that offer innovative programs for new Canadians as well as an inclusive workplaces where individual identity, diverse perspectives and ideas are valued and respected.
  • RBC was named Corporation of the Year(opens new window) by the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC). The prestigious award represents the very best in corporate practice when it comes to the promotion of supplier diversity. They constantly strive for excellence, and pro-actively include certified Aboriginal and Minority suppliers in their procurement opportunities, assist in the development of Aboriginal and Minority suppliers, and passionately promote supplier diversity and business development within their own organization as well as the broader business community.
  • Since 1996, RBC has successfully partnered with Career Edge to provide paid internships to Canadian university and college graduates, graduates with disabilities, and new Canadians. This year, RBC received the Most Valued Internship Experience ("MoVIE") Award(opens new window) – a Career Edge program that recognizes an organization for leadership in providing a supportive environment and promoting opportunities that enhance the internship experience.
  • This is the third year RBC has received CareerEdge Awards for having the most internships in the business category for both Career Bridge and Ability Edge. This year RBC was recognized again with the Career Bridge Program Award(opens new window) for the private sector category.
  • For the third consecutive year, RBC was awarded the Ability Edge Program Award(opens new window). This award honours organizations that provided the highest number of internship opportunities in their industry sector from January 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012.



You are on: 2011

  • Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human Resources Officer and Micheline Martin, Regional President, Quebec Headquarters were recipients of 2011 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards (opens new window) by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).
  • In honour of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a special edition (July 2011) of AMÖI Magazine (opens new window) (Canada’s largest and only magazine that focuses on diversity from all angles) featured five of RBC's senior women: Janice Fukakusa, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human Resources Officer, Linda Mantia, Senior Vice President and Head of Enterprise Services, Chief Procurement Officer, Norma Tombari, Director, Global Diversity and Marita Simbul-Lezon, Director, Vice President and Investment Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities.
  • The Fall 2011 edition of AMÖI (opens new window) Magazine featured four members of the RBC General Counsel Group: David Allgood, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Emily Jelich, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Manju Jessa, Senior Counsel, and Lucille D’Souza, Senior Counsel. The magazine singled out RBC’s General Counsel group as a law team that promotes women to leadership positions. The article highlights David Allgood’s leadership in making diversity a priority for his group, and RBC’s overall for its commitment to diversity.
  • Women in Capital Markets (WCM) recognized RBC Capital Markets’ Joanne O’Hea, Vice President, Equity Agency Trading and one of the founding members of RWomen, with the 2011 WCM Rising Star Award. This award honours an individual who at an early stage in their career have made a lasting contribution by providing inspirational leadership and mentorship to young women in the industry.
  • In July, Mary Zimmer, Head of Wealth Management Services and Head of International Wealth - USA, was selected for the second consecutive year as one of the "Top 50 Women in Wealth" in an annual list from Wealth Manager Magazine. Also in 2011, Mary was recognized by the Diversity MBA magazine as one of 2011’s “Top 50 Under 50.”
  • Earlier in the year Mary Zimmer also received a Women Worth Watching award by the Profiles in Diversity Journal. In September Mary was joined by Wanda Brackins, Head of RBC Wealth Management Global Diversity who also received the award. Women selected for this honor were nominated by colleagues, peers and mentors for their initiative and achievements, and for representing diversity within the organization and industry.
  • John Taft, CEO of RBC's U.S. Wealth Management business, was featured in the July / August issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal, in an eight-page article titled “Authentic Leadership.” The article highlighted John’s personal and professional leadership experiences, and included an interview about RBC U.S. Wealth Management’s diversity initiatives.
  • RBC Wealth Management – U.S. was honoured in by Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s largest civil rights organization, as one of its “Equality Companies of the Year” for 2011. The honour is awarded to companies that employ exemplary policies addressing workplace diversity and equality.
  • Catalyst Canada honoured Jennifer Tory, RBC's Regional President of Greater Toronto, for her ongoing contributions to advancing women in business. Ms. Tory has been instrumental in the advancement of women and other diverse groups at RBC - where diversity is a long-standing core value. The annual Catalyst Canada Honours recognize exceptional individuals who have demonstrated commitment, passion and results through their championship of women's advancement in Canadian business.
  • RBC was recognized as one of the best places to work for new Canadians by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. The award honours employers that offer innovative programs for new Canadians as well as an inclusive workplace where individual identity, diverse perspectives and ideas are considered and respected.
  • RBC was recognized as being one of the top employers for Canadians over 40 according to a competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. Winners of this competition provide a range of initiatives and programs relevant to employees over 40, such as a variety of flexible work, pension plan and health coverage options.
  • RBC was again named as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers in a national competition that recognizes organizations for diversity and inclusion. The award honours employers that have developed exemplary diversity initiatives in five employee groups: women; members of visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Aboriginal peoples; and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered / Transsexual (LGBT) peoples.
  • This is the third consecutive year that a blue-ribbon panel of employment experts ranked RBC among the best places in the nation to work. Mediacorp Canada Inc., in its annual survey of Canadian businesses, once again selected RBC as one of Canada's "Top 100 Employers."
    Selection of the Top 100 was based on an assessment of many aspects of the workplace including employee communications, performance management, training and career development, total rewards and diversity. Charitable efforts and community involvement were also considered.

You are on: 2010

  • As a result of our longstanding commitment to diversity, RBC was selected as a 2010 Catalyst Award (opens external website in new window) winner. The Catalyst Award is one of the most prestigious and high profile acknowledgements in the diversity area. RBC was recognized for how we integrate market, community and employee actions and considerations to embed diversity in our strategies. The Catalyst organization looked specifically at progress over 2005-2009 in our businesses in Canada and saw an integrated approach that includes our talent management practices, our presence in diverse markets and our leadership in the broader corporate environment.
  • John Taft, head of the U.S. division of RBC Wealth Management and CEO of RBC Capital Markets Corporation, was named the "Outstanding Corporate Diversity Leader" by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) at the third annual NGLCC Diversity & Leadership in Financial Services Awards in January 2010. The Outstanding Corporate Diversity Leader Award recognizes a corporate champion with demonstrated commitment and forethought in developing unique and creative programs and resources for inclusion of LGBT employees.
  • U.S. Wealth Management was named one of Human Rights Campaign’s
    Best Places to Work, receiving a 100% rating in the 2010 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. The CEI measures how welcoming major corporations are in regards to their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) employees, clients and investors, using a scale from 0 to 100 percent. Scores are based on multiple factors, such as domestic partnership benefits, GLBT employee resource groups, and inclusive nondiscrimination policies that specifically address GLBT employees.

You are on: 2009

  • RBC received the Partners in Diversity Award at the 62nd Annual Canadian Centre for Diversity Awards Gala in November 2009. The RBC Foundation has been funding the Canadian Centre for Diversity (and its predecessor organization CCCJ) since 1990. A significant 2007 gift from the Foundation has funded “Diversity Is Good Business”, a workplace program that explores the business case for diversity and identifies practical tools and strategies for organizations and individuals. A number of senior RBC leaders contribute their talents to the Canadian Centre for Diversity’s governance, fundraising activities and programs.
  • In 2009, The Honourable Rona Ambrose, federal Minister of Labour, presented RBC with an award of recognition for success in promoting diversity in the workplace. The award recognizes RBC's outstanding leadership in promoting diversity in the workplace and ongoing commitment to the principles of employment equity.
  • RBC was recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for 2009. The Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition, held annually by Mediacorp Canada Inc., profiles organizations with innovative programs to attract and retain talented employees. In particular, RBC was recognized for its variety of flexible work options as well as for providing maternity leave top-up benefits.
  • RBC was named as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2009 in a national competition held by Mediacorp Canada Inc. that aims to identify organizations that lead Canada in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces.
  • For many years we have successfully partnered with the CareerEdge organization to provide paid internships to students. Through its Career Bridge program for newcomers to Canada and its Ability Edge program for people with disabilities, we place qualified professionals in internship positions. In both 2009 and 2008 we received CareerEdge Awards for having the most internships in our business category for both Career Bridge and Ability Edge.
  • In 2008, RBC was recognized as having one of the most admired corporate cultures in an annual study by leadership search firm Waterstone Human Capital Ltd. and named one of the Best Workplaces in Canada for 2009 in an annual study by the Great Place to Work Institute Canada.
  • The Women's Executive Network has named several RBC women to the Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 List. Three women are in the Hall of Fame and three were named to the list in 2008. RBC executives have been on the list for the past several years.
  • RBC placed second on the inaugural Corporate Knights Leadership Diversity Index in 2007. The index identified the 50 Canadian companies that have achieved the greatest representation of visible minorities and women in both the boardroom and the C-suite.
  • Canadian Immigrant Magazine named RBC as one of the 2006 Top Employers for Workplace Diversity in the category of banking and finance.
  • In 2006, four financial counselors in US Wealth Management were recognized in Barron's America Top 100 Women Financial Advisers.

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