Zabeen is an unwavering leader and supporter of Diversity for growth and
innovation, ensuring it remains an essential pillar of what RBC stands
TORONTO, June 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Catalyst Canada announced today that it
will honour Zabeen Hirji, chief human resources officer, RBC, for her
ongoing leadership in advancing women and minorities in business. Ms.
Hirji has had significant impact in this arena both within RBC and more
broadly across the country. The annual Catalyst Canada Honours
recognize exceptional individuals who have demonstrated commitment,
passion and results by championing the advancement of women and
minorities in Canadian business.
"A company can't become a leader in Diversity and Inclusion without
individuals who show leadership," said Gord Nixon, CEO, RBC. "Zabeen is
that person. I have had the opportunity to partner with Zabeen to embed
diversity in our culture and in how we do business. Her commitment to
our objective has never wavered. Although our journey is not yet
complete, we have made significant strides and have learned a lot. She
is most deserving of this recognition and on behalf of RBC's employees,
it is my great pleasure to extend our congratulations to Zabeen."
As a member of RBC's Group Executive, Ms. Hirji is one of nine
executives responsible for setting the bank's overall strategic
direction. Zabeen has global responsibility for Human Resources, Brand,
Communications and Corporate Citizenship and in this role has primary
accountability for developing and implementing RBC's diversity and
RBC is a diversity leader in the Canadian business community and is
increasingly being recognized in the US and UK for leading practices,
such as ambitious publically stated goals for women and visible
minorities appointed into executive and senior manager roles and
bringing our core value of diversity for growth and innovation to life.
Ms. Hirji co-led the establishment of a global RBC Diversity Leadership
Council in 2001, which is chaired by the CEO and includes senior
leaders from all businesses. Under her leadership, the RBC Diversity
Blueprint was introduced to outline RBC's priorities, goals, and
organizational commitments and it has been communicated externally.
A champion of diversity throughout her management career, Ms. Hirji has
introduced several strategic and impactful initiatives to attract,
develop and retain a diverse workforce at all levels. Most recently she
introduced the concept of Unconscious Bias at the bank. Addressing
Unconscious Bias has become the next priority in RBC's Diversity and
Inclusion framework and RBC will continue to explore this important
theme with its leaders, employees and community partners in 2014 and
"A diverse and inclusive company is stronger, more innovative and better
prepared for the future," said Dave McKay, president and in-coming CEO,
RBC. "Zabeen is a diversity thought leader with a vision for RBC. In my
new role, I look forward to the partnership with Zabeen as we continue
on this important journey."
Ms. Hirji's commitment to diversity and inclusion extends beyond the
bank. Her community leadership includes serving as co-chair of the
Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, member of the Governing
Council for the University of Toronto, director of the Greater Toronto
CivicAction Alliance and a volunteer for the United Way.
Ms. Hirji will be honoured for her commitment to advancing women and
diversity and inclusion at The 5th Annual Catalyst Canada Honours dinner on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at
The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
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America's leading diversified financial services companies, and provide
personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance,
investor services and capital markets products and services on a global
basis. We employ approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who
serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and
institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 42 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 2013, we contributed
more than $104 million to causes worldwide, including donations and
community investments of more than $69 million and $35 million in
sponsorships. Learn more at rbc.com/community-sustainability.
Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization
expanding opportunities for women and business. With operations in the
United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia, and Japan, and more
than 700 preeminent corporations as members, Catalyst is the trusted
resource for research, information and advice about women at work.
About the Catalyst Canada Honours
The Catalyst Canada Honours celebrates champions of women in Canadian
business. Recognizing that what's good for women is good for business,
these exceptional individuals are personally and visibly committed to
the advancement of women and serve as powerful role models for Canadian
For further information:
Elynn Wareham, RBC Corporate Communications, 416-313-5778