Zabeen Hirji is RBC's Chief Human Resources Officer with global responsibility for Human Resources as well as Brand, Communications and Corporate Citizenship. As a member of RBC's Group Executive, she is one of eight executives responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC.
Ms. Hirji joined RBC in 1977, holding progressively senior roles both in British Columbia and in Toronto in Retail Banking, Operations and Credit Cards. She moved into Human Resources in 1997 and held a number of executive roles in HR prior to assuming her current role in February 2007.
Her community leadership includes serving as a member of the Governing Council for the University of Toronto, Co-Chair of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, and director of Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance.
In 2014, Ms. Hirji was recognized as a Catalyst Canada Honours Champion. She was inducted into Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame by the Women's Executive Network in 2012. In 2011 and again in 2014, Ms. Hirji was named a Top 25 Women of Influence. In 2010, she was named Corporate Executive of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Hirji is a frequent speaker and is often quoted in the media on topics related to Talent Management with a focus on leadership, diversity and inclusion, careers, employee engagement, as well as youth employment. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.