Zabeen Hirji is RBC's Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) with global responsibility for Human Resources as well as Brand, Communications and Corporate Citizenship. She is part of RBC's nine member Group Executive which is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC - extending to over 80,000 employees in 38 countries.
Zabeen joined RBC in 1977, holding progressively senior roles in British Columbia and Toronto spanning Retail Banking, Operations and Credit Cards. She moved into Human Resources in 1997 and held a number of executive roles prior to being appointed CHRO in 2007.
She is an active leader in the community, serving as a member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, Chair of Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, and director of Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance where she chairs Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers.
Zabeen’s recent external recognition includes: Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal for advancing diversity and inclusion; Outstanding Alumni Award from Simon Fraser University for professional achievement; Catalyst Canada Honours Champion for leadership in the advancement of women and minorities; inducted into Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame by the Women’s Executive Network; and twice named a Top 25 Woman of Influence.
She holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University.