Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council appoints Gordon M. Nixon and Zabeen Hirji as Co-Chairs



    RBC top executives bring vision and business leadership to organization

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
(TRIEC) is pleased to announce today's appointment of Gordon M. Nixon,
president and chief executive officer of RBC, as Chair, and Zabeen Hirji,
chief human resources officer of RBC, as Co-Chair of TRIEC.
    Founded in 2003 by Maytree and the Toronto City Summit Alliance, TRIEC
creates and champions solutions to better integrate skilled immigrants in the
Greater Toronto Region labour market.
    "TRIEC has seen the immense progress that can be made when business
leaders champion immigrant employment solutions and build them into the
everyday workings of their organizations," says Ratna Omidvar, chair of
TRIEC's board of directors and president of Maytree.
    "As top executives at one of the largest financial institutions in North
America, Gord Nixon and Zabeen Hirji are key ambassadors to articulate how
Canadian companies can benefit from the international experience and networks,
language skills and cultural knowledge that skilled immigrants bring with them
to Canada."
    Nixon has for years been a champion for promoting diversity in Canadian
communities and of leveraging skilled immigrant talent as a driver of Canadian
innovation and prosperity. Nixon is chairman of the Canadian Council of Chief
Executives and chairman of MaRS Discovery District. In 2007, Nixon was
invested into the Order of Ontario and was named Canada's Outstanding CEO of
the Year.
    "Canada's future prosperity will be based on the very skills and
creativity found in the diverse perspectives of people who are new to our
country," says Nixon. "Diversity that comes with international experience,
perspectives and credentials. A globally competitive Canadian marketplace
means tapping into and investing in the strengths of all of Canada's
workforce, including skilled immigrants. "Prior to today's appointment of
Nixon and Hirji, Manulife Financial's retired president and CEO, Dominic
D'Alessandro and executive vice-president, corporate affairs and human
resources, Diane Bean, served as Co-Chairs of TRIEC.

    
    Event details/Photo Opportunity:

    When:     Thursday, September 10, 2009
              9:00 am - 9:30 am TRIEC co-chair speeches
              9:30 am - 10:00 am Photo opportunity and media interviews

    What:     TRIEC press conference to announce new co-chairs and Council
              meeting

    Who:      Gordon Nixon, incoming chair, TRIEC Council; president and
              CEO, RBC
              Zabeen Hirji, incoming co-chair, TRIEC Council; chief human
              resources officer, RBC
              Diane Bean, outgoing co-chair, TRIEC Council; executive vice-
              president, corporate affairs and human resources, Manulife
              Financial
              Ratna Omidvar, chair, TRIEC Board of Directors; president,
              Maytree

    Where:    Royal Bank Plaza
              200 Bay Street, South Tower, 40th Floor
    

    About TRIEC

    TRIEC creates and champions solutions to better integrate skilled
immigrants into the Greater Toronto Region labour market. Since 2003 TRIEC has
launched a GTA-wide mentoring program that has served over 4,000 skilled
immigrants; created www.hireimmigrants.ca, a multi-pronged learning platform
for employers to become better able to integrate immigrants in their
workplace; raised public awareness of employer best practices through its
Immigrant Success Awards and; enhanced intergovernmental relations regarding
immigrant employment. For more information, please visit www.triec.ca.

    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, one of North America's leading diversified
financial services companies and among the largest banks in the world, as
measured by market capitalization. We provide personal and commercial banking,
wealth management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking and
transaction processing services on a global basis. We employ approximately
80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 18 million personal,
business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada,
the U.S. and 53 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.





For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries: Emily Mills, Media
Relations and Communications Specialist, TRIEC, (416) 944-1946 ext. 282,
emills@triec.ca; Raquel Ingram, Project Coordinator, TRIEC, (416) 944-1946
ext. 353, ringram@triec.ca; Matt Gierasimczuk, RBC Media Relations, (416)
974-2124, matthew.gierasimczuk@rbc.com


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