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RBC names Calgary father of four as its first Alberta Torchbearer

CALGARY, April 29, 2009 — Adriano Fisico, RBC's first Alberta Olympic Torchbearer, has pledged to create a stronger community by purchasing an extra grocery item each week and donating it to the Calgary Food Bank.

"It is exciting to be part of something so extraordinary as the Olympic Torch Relay and I want to thank RBC for this opportunity," said Adriano Fisico. "My donations to the Calgary Food Bank will help families in need and provide them with a chance to improve their current situation without stigma. The welfare of children in my community is my greatest concern."

Fisico is a professional engineer and manager with 25 years of experience in various industries in Alberta and Ontario. A father of four, he is committed to improving the welfare of children in his community and helping families in need.

"We are pleased that Adriano Fisico is our first torchbearer in Alberta," said Bruce MacKenzie, regional president, Alberta and the Territories, RBC. "Anyone can be part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. We encourage Albertans to share in this thrill of a lifetime by entering our contest at rbc.com/carrythetorch for your chance to win the ultimate Olympic experience."

RBC will award over 2,300 Olympic Torchbearer spots through this contest which runs from November 21, 2008 to July 15, 2009. To enter, pledge to create a better Canada at rbc.com/carrythetorch.

The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will begin its journey to Vancouver on October 30, 2009, when the flame arrives in Victoria, B.C. following the traditional lighting ceremony in Olympia, Greece. The Olympic Flame will then travel from coast to coast to coast through every province and territory in Canada - spanning 45,000 kilometres, over 1,000 communities, over 106 days. It will end at B.C. Place on February 12, 2010, with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, signaling the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Approximately 12,000 Canadians will carry the flame across the country at their own pace with millions more cheering and supporting them. Applicants will be asked to select where in Canada they want to carry the Olympic Flame. Torchbearer applicants must be residents of Canada, aged 13 or older. Full contest rules and regulations are available on the website at rbc.com/carrythetorch.

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For more information and RSVP, please contact:
Jo-Ann Fraser, (403) 292-3372


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