GORDON M. NIXON, C.M., O.Ont.
President and Chief Executive Officer
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Gordon Nixon is president and chief executive officer of
RBC, the brand name for Royal Bank of Canada and its subsidiaries.
He is also a director of Royal Bank of Canada and chairman
of RBC's Group Executive.
Mr. Nixon began his career in 1979 at Dominion Securities
in Toronto where he worked in Global Markets and subsequently
the Investment Banking division. In 1986, he transferred to
Tokyo to assume responsibility for the firm's operations in
Japan. Dominion Securities was acquired by Royal Bank of Canada
in 1987 and Mr. Nixon returned to Toronto in 1989 as a managing
director of Investment Banking. In 1995, Mr. Nixon was appointed
head of Global Investment Banking and in 1999 became chief
executive officer of RBC Capital Markets and a member of Royal
Bank's Executive Committee. He was appointed president of
Royal Bank of Canada on April 1, 2001 and chief executive
officer on August 1, 2001.
Mr. Nixon is chairman of MaRS, a not-for-profit organization
that connects science, business and capital and co-chairs
the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. He is past
chairman of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and chairs
the Ontario Premier's Jobs and Prosperity Council and the
Queen's University Capital Campaign. Mr. Nixon has served
as a director of a number of organizations in the arts, health
care and education and has chaired numerous events and fundraising
campaigns including the United Way of Greater Toronto.
Mr. Nixon has been awarded the Order of Canada and the Order
of Ontario. He is a recipient of Canada's Outstanding CEO
of the Year Award, the Canadian Business Leader Award, has
twice been included on Barron's list of the World's Best CEO's,
and is on Bloomberg's list of the World's 50 Most Influential
People. Mr. Nixon is an Honouree of the Public Policy Forum
and is a recipient of the CIJA/UJA Words and Deeds Leadership
Award, the Rotary Foundation's Paul Harris Fellowship, the
Queen's Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals, a Learning
Partnership Champion of Public Education Tribute and an American
Banker Innovator of the Year Award.
Born in Montreal in 1957, Mr. Nixon attended Queen's University
where he received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and
has an Honourary Doctor of Laws from both Queen's University
and Dalhousie University. He and his wife live in Toronto
and have three children.