RBC's Kim Mason named one of Canada's Top 25 Women of Influence

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - RBC today congratulated Kim Mason, the bank's Regional President for Atlantic Canada, on being named one of the Top 25 Women of Influence™ by Canada's Women of Influence Inc. She is one of five women recognized for exceptional achievement in the business category of the program.

"At RBC, we've built a culture that is deeply committed to the advancement of women," said Wayne Bossert, executive vice-president of Sales, Canadian Banking. "Gifted leaders like Kim have helped to make us a more relevant, competitive organization and a better corporate citizen through her tireless dedication to the Atlantic communities we serve. Kim is an outstanding role model, mentor and force for social good. We couldn't be more proud to see her recognized in this way."

The Top 25 Women of Influence™ program is designed to honour and celebrate women who have demonstrated, over the last year, strong and unyielding leadership in one of five distinct sectors spanning business, health care, non-governmental organizations, professional services and the public sector.

Candidates are selected based solely on quantitative and measurable criteria, including the number of notable positions held, the number of board directorships, recent awards, the person's contribution to their organization's growth and the number of deals led and/or closed this year.

"I feel very privileged and humbled by this honour, and am grateful to all of those who have played a role in helping me achieve it," said Ms. Mason. "Special thanks to my extremely dedicated team in Atlantic Canada, my mentors, champions, peers and family, who have supported me and my career aspirations every step of the way. Having Canada's most valuable brand behind me has been a major factor in my success as well. I feel privileged to work for a company like RBC that is dedicated to helping all employees discover their true potential. My hope is that this award will inspire other women in business to pursue their goals without inhibition and show them that having true passion for what you do does translate into personal fulfillment and professional success."

Ms. Mason is responsible for setting the direction, developing strategy and managing the performance and delivery of RBC's products and services to more than 800,000 clients in the four Atlantic Provinces.

Other accolades Ms. Mason has been honoured with include Top 50 Atlantic CEO (2012 & 2013) and the Progress Women of Excellence Award (2013). In 2012, she was also one of only 30 women from across the country to attend The Judy Project, a leading executive program for women in Canada.

Ms. Mason's commitment to business leadership and the advancement of women extends beyond her role at the bank into the community. She devotes significant time to a number of not for profit boards, with a specific emphasis on health care, education and social services. She is also a much sought-after speaker at community, academic and business events and panels.

Ms. Mason will receive her award at the Deloitte Women of Influence Top 25 Luncheon in Toronto on December 3, 2013.

ABOUT RBC
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. We are Canada's largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization, and are among the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, and investor services and wholesale banking on a global basis. We employ approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 44 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.

RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2012, we contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $64 million and $31 million in sponsorships.

About Women of Influence
Women of Influence Inc. is North America's leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women. It offers solutions to women through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence, professional coaching, events, and media. It produces and hosts the renowned Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series, RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards and the Top 25 Women of Influence, in addition to the publishing the Women of Influence quarterly magazine. Women of Influence has a community and reach of 120,000 in nine cities across North American including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, New York City, and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.womenofinfluence.ca.

SOURCE RBC

For further information:

Lori Smith, Manager of Public Affairs, RBC Atlantic Region, 902 421-8121
Georgia Maxwell, Director, RBC Communications, 416 974-0833