Media Advisory & Interview Opportunity - Craig Wright, RBC's Chief Economist presents "Canadian Economy: Caught in the Global Downdraft"

    CALGARY, April 6 /CNW/ - Hear RBC's Craig Wright talk about the Canadian
economy and global market trends. You are invited to join us for a continental
breakfast with an opportunity for an interview following the presentation.

    Who:    Craig Wright, Chief Economist
    What:   Canadian Economy: Caught in the Global Downdraft
    When:   7:30 a.m. Tuesday April 7, 2009
            Presentation - 8:15 a.m.
            Media Interviews - 9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
    Where:  Calgary Petroleum Club, 319 5th Ave.S.W - Devonian Room


    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 more than 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 52 other countries. For more information, please visit

    Craig Wright
    Senior Vice-President & Chief Economist

    As chief economist, Craig leads a global team of economists and
strategists providing economic, fixed income and foreign exchange research to
RBC clients. Craig is a regular contributor to a number of RBC publications
and is a key player in delivering economic analysis to clients and the media
through the Economics Department's regular economic briefings.
    A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto,
Craig was appointed Chief Economist in 2001 having joined RBC in 1994 after
working at another financial institution for seven years. Craig is a
participant in a number of the key RBC internal committees and is a member of
the CD Howe Monetary Policy Council, Wilfrid Laurier School of Business and
Economics Dean's Advisory Council and the British Columbia Economic Forecast
    Craig and his wife Susan live in Toronto with their three children Emily,
Bradley and Jacob.

For further information:

For further information: Jo-Ann Fraser, Public Affairs, (403) 292-3372
or cell (403) 860-0380

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