Royal Bank of Canada

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Royal Bank of Canada
Traded asTSXRY
IndustryFinancial services
FoundedHalifax, Nova Scotia, 1864

Toronto, Ontario, Canada[1]

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Key peopleGordon Nixon CEO
David P. O'Brien Chairperson
RevenueIncrease C$29.772 billion (F2012)
Net incomeIncrease C$7.539 billion (F2012)
Total assetsIncrease C$825.100 billion (F2012)
Employees80,000 (FTE, F2012)
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This article is about the Canadian bank. For the former American subsidiary, see RBC Bank.
Royal Bank of Canada
Traded asTSXRY
IndustryFinancial services
FoundedHalifax, Nova Scotia, 1864

Toronto, Ontario, Canada[1]

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Key peopleGordon Nixon CEO
David P. O'Brien Chairperson
RevenueIncrease C$29.772 billion (F2012)
Net incomeIncrease C$7.539 billion (F2012)
Total assetsIncrease C$825.100 billion (F2012)
Employees80,000 (FTE, F2012)

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC; French: Banque Royale du Canada), RBC Royal Bank or RBC Financial Group is the largest financial institution in Canada, as measured by deposits, revenues, and market capitalization. The bank serves 18 million clients and has 80,100 employees worldwide.[3] The company corporate headquarters are located in Montreal, Quebec, and its operational head office in Toronto, Ontario.[1][2] The bank was founded in 1864 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. RBC's Institution Number (or bank number) is 003.

In Canada, the bank is branded as RBC Royal Bank in English and RBC Banque Royale in French and serves approximately ten million clients through its network of 1,209 branches. RBC Bank was the U.S. retail banking subsidiary with 439 branches across six states in the Southeast, which served more than a million customers.[4] RBC also has 127 branches across seventeen countries in the Caribbean, which serve more than 1.6 million clients.[3] RBC Capital Markets is RBC's worldwide investment and corporate banking subsidiary, while the investment brokerage firm is known as RBC Dominion Securities. Investment banking services are also provided through RBC Bank and the focus is on middle market clients.

RBC is listed as the largest Canadian company by revenue and market capitalization by The Globe and Mail[5] and was ranked at number 53 on the 2008 Forbes Global 2000 listing, and currently ranked at 50 in the 2013 listing.[6][7] The company has operations in Canada, and 51 other countries.[8]


Place Ville Marie the RBC headquarters in Montreal, Quebec
The Royal Bank Plaza building in Toronto, Ontario
Tour de la Banque Royale in Montreal, Quebec, which housed the head office from 1928 to 1962.
Thomas D'Arcy McGee Building, RBC's office in Ottawa

International timeline[edit]

RBC Royal Bank has carved out a name for itself as a leader in the Caribbean region, especially in the anglophone Caribbean.

RBC opened a branch in the Dominican Republic; three more follow.
It sold its 12 branches in the Dominican Republic to Banco de Comercio Dominicano.
It also sold its stake in Royal Bank (Jamaica) to Jamaica Mutual Life Assurance.
The Government of Guyana nationalized its operations there and renamed the bank the National Bank of Industry and Commerce Ltd.[14][15][16]
Additionally RBC incorporated its operations in Trinidad and Tobago locally, floating the shares, thereby divesting itself of ownership. The new bank took the name Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (RBTT).


Royal Bank of Canada's previous logo (the crown was removed).

The bank's symbol is a golden lion clutching a globe, on a blue background. An older version had a crown above the globe and had the lion facing to the left rather than the right. The change coincided with an expansion in United States markets.

Corporate governance[edit]

Edson Loy Pease (1856–1930), a Quebec native, was a chief executive and managing director of the bank and one of the key people in its history. An employee of the Merchants' Bank of Halifax, he built that bank's Quebec business to where Montreal became its centre of operations. His efforts saw the Bank formally relocate its head office in 1907 to St. James Street in Montreal, following which he induced the prominent Montreal business magnate Herbert S. Holt to accept an appointment as the bank's new president. While at the time Holt's presidency was largely a ceremonial position, his name substantially raised the bank's profile and broadened its business connections.

The title of Royal Bank's top executive has changed several times. Initially it was styled as President. Later, it became Chief Executive Officer and one often carried additional responsibilities as Chairman of the Board, while the second-in-command was the President. Allan R. Taylor was Chairman and CEO from 1986 to 1994, and he was succeeded by John Cleghorn in that capacity from 1994-2001. Gordon Nixon is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer, as the bank decided to appoint a non-executive chairman after Cleghorn's retirement.

Chief Executive
Chairman (non-executive)

Current members of the board of directors are: Geoff Beattie, Douglas Elix, John Ferguson, Paule Gauthier, Jacques Lamarre, Brandt Louie, Gordon Nixon, David O'Brien, Robert Peterson, Pedro Reinhard, Timothy Hearn, Kathleen P. Taylor, Victor Young, Michael McCain, Alice Labeige.

History of Head Offices[edit]

RBC's official legal corporate headquarters still remains in Montreal at Place Ville-Marie. However, the great majority of management operations were moved to its current location in Toronto at the Royal Bank Plaza, making this the company's operational corporate headquarters.[18]

Awards and recognition[edit]

RBC has been awarded with many awards and recognition for its financial products and services. RBC is also one of the top 100 sustainable companies in the world. Other awards and recognitions include: In 2007, awarded the "Best Bank" in Canada by The Banker, one of the oldest banking magazines

According to a global Newsweek ranking, which measures how effectively companies manage environmental risks and opportunities relative to their industry peers, Royal Bank of Canada is the most environmentally friendly company in the world.[21]


In 2002, RBC purchased the naming rights for the Entertainment & Sports Arena in Raleigh, N.C., home to the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League and North Carolina State University basketball. The arena was renamed the RBC Center, with a 20-year lease at a cost of $80 million. In June 2006, the RBC Center was host for the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals, and on June 19, 2006, the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Edmonton Oilers in the RBC Center to win the Stanley Cup. On March 15, 2012, RBC Center became PNC Arena.

RBC sets aside one percent of its average annual net income before taxes for charitable partnerships via the arms-length RBC Foundation. They are also a major sponsor of numerous events such as the RBC Canadian Open and the Toronto International Film Festival, and are the longest-running Canadian sponsor of the Olympic Games. RBC was the co-presenting sponsor, along with Coca-Cola, of the 2010 Winter Olympics torch relay. They employ dozens of top-tier athletes as part-time spokespeople through the RBC Olympians program. In July 2013, the RBC Foundation announced its partnership with the University of Toronto to revive the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, given to recognize achievement in Canadian theatre.[22]

Starting in 2012, the Royal Bank of Canada will sponsor a second FedEx Cup PGA Tour event, the Heritage Classic golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

RBC also created and hosts a yearly Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award, which in 2012, started its nominee application process on International Women's Day.[23]

In July 2013, RBC acquired the naming rights to the convention centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, renaming it RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.[24]

In 2013, RBC Wealth Management was announced as the new corporate sponsor of the RBC Taylor Prize, a literary award for non-fiction writing in Canada.[25]



In 1998, the Royal Bank of Canada proposed to merge with the Bank of Montreal, at the same time as the Toronto-Dominion Bank proposed to merge with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Both mergers were examined by the Competition Bureau of Canada, and ultimately rejected by Paul Martin, at the time the Finance Minister of Canada.


On January 15, 2007, CBC Radio reported RBC is "refusing" people of certain nationalities to open U.S. dollar accounts with the bank.[26] Canadian citizens with dual citizenship in Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, North Korea or Sudan (mostly countries with U.S. sanctions) are affected. The U.S. Treasury Department restricts certain foreign nationals from using the U.S. dollar payment system to limit terrorism and money laundering after the September 11, 2001 attacks. RBC replied that compliance with such laws does not represent an endorsement by the bank and on January 17, clarified its position on the application of the U.S. laws, specifying that "with some exceptions" it does open accounts for dual citizens of the sanctioned countries.[27] There have also been reports that the bank has closed the accounts of some Iranian-Canadian citizens.[28]


Environmental groups have criticized RBC's financing of oil sands bitumen extraction and expansion, cumulatively issuing "more than $2.3 billion in loans and financing more than $6.9 billion in [corporate] debt between 2003 and 2007 for 13 companies including: EnCana, Husky Energy, OPTI Canada, Delphi Energy, Canadian Oil Sands Trust, Northwest Upgrading, Suncor, Total, Connacher Oil and Gas, InterPipeline and Enbridge." Some environmental groups [29] believe oil sands extraction has a detrimental effect on the northern Alberta environment.

2010 Ottawa branch firebombing[edit]

An RBC branch in The Glebe neighbourhood of Ottawa was firebombed in May 2010. The party responsible later identified themselves on Indymedia and threatened to make their presence at the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, as RBC is one of its key sponsors, as well as at the 2010 G-20 Toronto summit.[30]

Temporary foreign workers and Canadian layoffs[edit]

In April 2013 the CBC reported that the Royal Bank of Canada was indirectly hiring temporary foreign workers to replace 45 Canadian Information Technology workers.[31]

On May 7, 2013 the CBC reported that during question period accusations were leveled against the government by the NDP, and that Prime Minister Stephen Harper responded by saying that the government has been working on problems with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program for more than a year.[32]


RBC is a member of the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) and is a registered member with the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC), a federal agency insuring deposits at all of Canada's chartered banks.
It is also a member of:

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  23. ^ "RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards". Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  24. ^ "". CBC News. 2 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "Charles Taylor Prize now known as RBC Taylor Prize; adds secondary award". Victoria Times Colonist, December 9, 2013.
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