RBC partners with Stephen Ames Foundation to help build stronger communities in Canada and the Caribbean

         RBC official bank of Stephen Ames Cup, held annually between
                         Trinidad and Tobago & Canada

    CALGARY, March 3 /CNW/ - RBC today announced a partnership with the
Stephen Ames Foundation as presenting sponsor and official bank of the Stephen
Ames Cup, an annual international tournament for junior golfers from both
Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.
    "I am proud to represent RBC on the PGA Tour - they have shown a
tremendous commitment to our tour and to golf in Canada," said Stephen Ames.
"From a player's perspective, RBC's leadership role in revitalizing the
Canadian Open has had immediate impact and I look forward to supporting them
in their efforts to continue to elevate our National Championship in the
    "Further, I am especially delighted to have their support for the Stephen
Ames Cup and more importantly, junior golf," said Ames. "Every year I look
forward to watching these young people develop the skills and confidence they
will use for the rest of their lives and I am excited that RBC will be there
to share in the experience."
    "We are proud to partner with Stephen Ames, a world-class athlete
committed to the development of youth and the game in both his home countries
- Trinidad and Tobago and Canada," said Jim Little, chief brand and
communications officer, RBC. "As a world-class golfer, a strong ambassador for
golf in Trinidad and Tobago and Canada, and someone who shares our belief in
giving back to the community through charitable activities, Stephen is an
ideal representative of the RBC brand."
    RBC is the title sponsor of the RBC Canadian Open, Canada's national golf
championship and the third oldest national championship in the world. The
Stephen Ames Cup gives kids in Canada and Trinidad and Tobago the opportunity
to travel and explore different cultures, as well as develop their talent and
    As a Canadian originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Stephen Ames'
background mirrors the RBC profile - a Canadian success story with
international presence and ties. RBC has more than 7,000 employees serving
clients in 18 countries in the Caribbean region.
    "As one of the largest banking groups in the Caribbean, working with
Stephen Ames and his foundation is an ideal way to advance our business and
brand building objectives in Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the Caribbean
region," Little said.
    Ames founded the Stephen Ames Foundation in 2005 to provide funding to
junior golf programs. Through the foundation, he created the Stephen Ames Cup,
an annual Ryder Cup style tournament that brings together junior golfers from
his native Trinidad and Tobago and his adopted home of Canada. The teams
travel to each other's country as they alternate playing host to the
    In 2009, the 5th annual Stephen Ames Cup will be hosted in Canada in the
Calgary region from August 17 to 20. The event features a Ryder Cup format,
pitting eight of Canada's finest junior golfers against a team from Trinidad
and Tobago.


    In partnership with the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), RBC is
the title sponsor of the RBC Canadian Open, the third oldest national golf
championship worldwide, next only to the British Open and the U.S. Open. With
a history of great players and premier fields, the RBC Canadian Open provides
golf fans with the opportunity to experience the excitement of a world class
event on Canadian soil. RBC also sponsors all levels of amateur sport, from
grassroots programs in local communities to national sport organizations and
elite-level athletes.

    RBC is hosting a conference call with Stephen Ames and Jim Little to
discuss this new partnership on March 3, 2009 at 1:00 - 1:30 pm EST (11:00 -
11:30 am MST). Media can access the conference call at (416) 621-2793 or
1-866-542-9023 and passcode 9742897 followed by the number sign.

For further information:

For further information: Jackie Braden, RBC Media Relations, (416)
974-2124, jackie.braden@rbc.com

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