As a member of the RBC Group Executive since February 2007, George Lewis is one of eight executives responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC, Canada's largest bank, specifically responsible for RBC Wealth Management and RBC Insurance segments.
As Group Head, RBC Wealth Management and RBC Insurance, Mr. Lewis leads the RBC businesses that serve the wealth management needs of affluent and high net worth clients globally, and units that provide asset management and trust products. These include RBC Dominion Securities, Canada's leader in wealth management for affluent and high net worth investors; RBC Phillips, Hager & North Investment Counsel, Canada's leading discretionary investment counselling business; RBC Estate and Trust Services; RBC Wealth Management, U.S., the seventh largest full-service brokerage firm in the U.S.; RBC wealth management businesses in the UK and Emerging Markets; Global Trust, which provides world-class trust solutions in the Channel Islands and the Caribbean; and RBC Global Asset Management, which is Canada's largest private-sector asset manager and mutual fund company and includes Phillips, Hager & North in Canada and Global Asset Management (U.S.) and BlueBay Asset Management (U.K.). Mr. Lewis is also chairman of RBC Global Asset Management Inc., and co-manages the RBC Global Dividend Growth Fund and RBC International Dividend Growth Fund.
From July 2000 to May 2008, Mr. Lewis was chief executive officer of RBC Asset Management, which under his leadership became Canada's largest single mutual fund company (RBC Funds) and one of Canada's largest asset management firms. He previously served as head of Wealth Management for the Canadian Personal and Business Banking segment and head of products for RBC Banking and RBC Investments. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Lewis was managing director, head of Institutional Equity with RBC Capital Markets, responsible for global institutional equity sales, trading and research. He was previously an investment banker, a top-rated equity research analyst and director of Research with RBC Capital Markets.
Mr. Lewis earned a Master of Business Administration degree with distinction from Harvard University. He obtained the professional designation of chartered accountant while working with Arthur Andersen & Co. and a Bachelor of Commerce degree with high distinction from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Mr. Lewis is a CFA charterholder and certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Lewis is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and serves on the Board of Directors of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. He is a current member and Past Chair of the Bishop's Company of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, as well as a Patron and past member of the Cabinet of the United Way of Greater Toronto. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Ontario Power Generation Inc.
Mr. Lewis lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.