Zabeen Hirji

Zabeen is a strategic advisor to the private, public and academic sectors and a director on not-for-profit boards, focused on Future of Work, diversity and inclusion, leadership and talent management.  She retired from RBC in 2017, after a long career as a senior executive.  

Zabeen is currently Global Advisor, Future of Work at Deloitte, advising the firm and its clients on an issue key to the transformation agendas of business and government. She advises senior levels of government and academia on diversity and inclusion, and preparing youth for the new world of work. She Co-Chairs the External Advisory Board for Diversity and Inclusion for the Ontario Public Service, and is a Visiting Professor at the Public Policy Institute at King’s College, London, U.K.  She is the Chair of the Board of Civic Action, a City-Building organization, Chairs the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, and sits on the Governing Council of the University of Toronto

From 2007 to 2017, Zabeen was RBC’s Chief Human Resources Officer, covering 80,000 employees in 40 countries, a member of RBC’s Group Executive Committee, and also responsible for Brand, Communications and Corporate Citizenship.  RBC has consistently been recognized as a Best Place to Work, reflecting its high-performance, high-engagement inclusive culture and leading talent practices.

Personal Honours include: 2017 Canadian HR Awards-Ivey Business School Lifetime Achievement Award in Human Resources; 2016 Governor General's Meritorious Service Medal for advancing diversity and inclusion and Simon Fraser University’s Outstanding Alumni award; 2014 Catalyst Canada Champion for Women and Minorities in Business; and WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame inductee in 2012.

Zabeen holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University and completed the Advanced Human Resources Executive Program at University of Michigan.