Zabeen Hirji is RBC's Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) with global responsibility for Human Resources as well as Brand, Communications and Corporate Citizenship.
Reporting to the CEO, she is part of RBC's eight member Group Executive which is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC - extending to over 80,000 employees in 39 countries.
Ms. Hirji 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 University of Toronto, Co-Chair of Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, and director of Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance.
Over the past five years, Ms. Hirji has been honoured with an Outstanding Alumni Award from Simon Fraser University (SFU); recognized as a 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; twice named a Top 25 Woman of Influence; and selected as Corporate Executive of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.
She is a frequent speaker and is often quoted in media on topics related to leadership, diversity and inclusion, careers, employee engagement, as well as youth employment. She holds an MBA from SFU.