Carleton Announces $1- Million Donation from
RBC to support the Carleton Centre for Research and Education
on Women and Work
TORONTO, March 8, 2013 — Carleton University
today announced a $1 million, 10-year commitment from RBC
to the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work
(CREWW) at the Sprott School of Business to continue its important
work on diversity and the advancement of women in the workplace.
RBC has a longstanding relationship supporting CREWW, which
was launched in 1992 to facilitate and disseminate cutting-edge
research on women and the workplace, build bridges to the
community and offer innovative programs to develop Canadian
The funds will contribute to new research on workplace diversity
to better understand the obstacles that may be keeping employees
from reaching their full potential. The donation will also
support a distance education program delivered by Carleton's
Management Development Program for Women (MDPW) and a speakers'
series on women in management, with additional support for
another leadership lecture series at the Sprott School of
"We are grateful to RBC for its valuable support and
leadership," said Carleton President Roseann O'Reilly
Runte. "This program profoundly influences the lives
and careers of these students, enabling their professional
advancement and a significant impact on regional and national
"RBC is proud to make this $1 million commitment to
the Carleton Centre for Research and Education on Women and
Work and we are confident that with this donation, the Centre
will strengthen the advancement of women in the workplace,"
said Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human Resources Officer, RBC. "We
believe that achieving gender equality is both the smart thing
and the right thing to do, and this focus has made us a more
competitive, relevant organization for our clients and employees,
and a better corporate citizen for the communities we serve."
"Working with business to make a difference in our community
is a key goal of the Centre," said Lorraine Dyke, Director
of CREWW and a Sprott faculty member. "RBC is a leader
on gender and diversity issues and it is a privilege to be
able to continue to partner with such a progressive organization
on this important work of breaking down barriers."
Today's donation is part of the RBC's recognition of International
Women's Day. RBC is a strong advocate of women entrepreneurs,
women in leadership, women in public life and those in community
leadership. The bank is also committed to advancing the cause
of women both in their workplace and in their communities.
"Our hope is that others in the business community will
make similar commitments to help make a difference for women
in the communities in which we live and work," said Jeff
Boyd, Regional President, Ontario North and East, RBC.
The Management Development Program for Women, unique in Canada,
has a 20-year track record of success and is a proven career
accelerator for women. Carleton's goal is to take the success
of this program online, offering it nationally as a distance
education program that can reach women in remote communities,
particularly Aboriginal women, who are assuming leadership
roles with little support.
With the support of the Royal Bank Visiting Chair on Women
and Work, Carleton conducted three major research initiatives
between 1996 and 2003 that led to a deeper understanding of
women in the workplace and career development. These projects
resulted in three major conferences, two books and multiple
For more information on CREWW and the Management Development
Program for Women, please visit: sprott.carleton.ca/research.
For more information on RBC's efforts to advance women in
the workplace, the marketplace and the communities check out
Diversity Blueprint or visit the Community
& Sustainability section of rbc.com.
About Carleton University
Located in the nation's capital, Carleton University is
a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition
of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty,
staff and researchers provide more than 25,000 full- and part-time
students from every province and more than 100 countries around
the world with academic opportunities in more than 65 programs
of study, including public affairs, journalism, film studies,
engineering, high technology, and international studies. Carleton's
creative, interdisciplinary and international approach to
research has led to many significant discoveries and creative
works in science and technology, business, governance, public
policy and the arts. As an innovative institution Carleton
is uniquely committed to developing solutions to real-world
problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding
About RBC Community and Sustainability
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries
operate under the master brand name RBC. We employ approximately
80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15
million personal, business, public sector and institutional
clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 49 other countries.
RBC is recognized among the world's financial, social and
environmental leaders and is listed on the 2012 - 2013 Dow
Jones Sustainability World Index, the DJSI North American
Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC
is one of Canada's Greenest Employers, one of Canada's 50
Most Socially Responsible Corporations and among the Global
100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.
RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through
donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities.
In 2012, we contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide,
including donations and community investments of more than
$64 million and $31 million in sponsorships.
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For more information please contact:
Cline, Carleton Communications,
613-520-2600, ext. 1391
Chris De Vito, RBC
RBC Communications, 416-974-3678
Corporate Communications, RBC
(416) 974-3678 | email@example.com