For the first time, RBC Royal Bank appoints a Vice-President of Personal Financial Services for Outaouais/Abitibi

Michel Béland Recently Took Office in Gatineau

GATINEAU, QC, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - For the first time, RBC Royal Bank's Quebec Headquarters has appointed a Regional Vice-President to head its Personal Financial Services in the Outaouais/Abitibi regions. Michel Béland, who is located in Gatineau, will be responsible for sales management and RBC Royal Bank's strategic development in the Personal Financial Services, Financial Planning, and Small and Medium Business Financial Services sectors, with the exclusion of Commercial Financial Services.

"We are in the process of expanding," explained Martin Thibodeau, President, Quebec Headquarters, RBC Royal Bank, who initiated the appointment. "With Michel Béland's appointment, we are going ahead with plans to construct new retail stores, and we are investing more in our employees and in reinforcing the RBC brand, particularly in regions with strong potential."

Prior to his recent appointment, Michel Béland held the position of Sales Manager, Investment Retirement Planner, RBC Royal Bank.

RBC Royal Bank's Quebec Headquarters has also appointed Guylaine Labbé to fill the newly created position of Regional Vice-President in Sherbrooke, where she will be responsible for the Estrie, Montérégie, Quebec Central and Beauce regions. At the same time, André Labbé has been appointed Regional Vice-President, Quebec and Mauricie, replacing Guy Roy, who recently retired.

ABOUT RBC

Royal Bank of Canada (RY on the TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the brand name of RBC. We are Canada's largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization, and 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, 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 49 other countries. For more information, visit www.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 (more than $64 million in donations and $31 million in sponsorships).

Image with caption: "Mr. Michel Béland (CNW Group/RBC ROYAL BANK)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130221_C7269_PHOTO_EN_23938.jpg

SOURCE: RBC ROYAL BANK

For further information:

Raymond Chouinard, Media Relations, RBC, 514-874-6556,
raymond.chouinard@rbc.com

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