2007 Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year award recipient
Gordon M. Nixon
President and Chief Executive Officer, RBC
Gordon Nixon is president and chief executive officer of RBC Financial Group, 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 both the Global Markets and Investment Banking divisions. 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 and was responsible for advising a number of the firm's major clients on financing and mergers and acquisitions. In 1995, he was appointed head of Global Investment Banking and oversaw the successful integration of RBC's Corporate and Investment Banking Divisions. In 1999, Mr Nixon 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 has been active in a wide range of community and public policy organizations and is a past Chairman of the United Way of Greater Toronto's Campaign. He is Chairman of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Co-Chairman of the Toronto Region Research Alliance and is on the Board of Directors of The Hospital for Sick Children, The International Monetary Conference and Catalyst Canada. Mr Nixon is also on the Advisory Board of DaimlerChrysler Canada Inc.
Mr Nixon was awarded Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year Award for 2007. He has an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen's University, and is a recipient of the CIJA/UJA Words and Deeds Leadership Award, the Rotary Foundation's Paul Harris Fellowship, a Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, 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. He and his wife live in Toronto and have three children.
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