Founder’s Award: Jennifer Tory

Jennifer Tory -- Founder'sNo group stands alone—and the African Canadian community is no different. Among the various individuals silently working, in the background, for the equal opportunity of the Black community, is Jennifer Tory.

As Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking, Jennifer Tory is responsible for RBC’s banking businesses in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean, including personal and commercial financial services, credit cards and payments, RBC’s sales and branch distribution, operations and advice centres.

As a member of Group Executive, she is one of nine executives responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC.

Immediately prior to this position, as Regional President, Greater Toronto Region, Ms. Tory led a team of over 4,000 employees in providing financial advice and services to RBC’s personal, small business and commercial clients.

Since joining RBC in 1978, she has held a variety of senior leadership and executive sales management roles in personal, business and commercial banking, and operations.

Awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2013, Tory has a long history of supporting numerous community causes. She sits on Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation Board and serves as chair of the Sunnybrook Hospital Advancement Committee.

Ms. Tory is also vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and a fundraiser for several other charitable organizations, including Free the Children.

A founding member of the RBC Diversity Leadership Council since its inception in 2006, Ms. Tory received the prestigious Catalyst Canada Honour for Championing Women in Business in 2011.

In 2013, she was honoured with the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Diversity Award at the Black Business and Professional Association’s annual Harry Jerome Awards.

Ms. Tory is a graduate of Queen’s University and has completed her ICD.D designation through the Institute of Corporate Directors at The Rotman School of Management. She and her two daughters reside in Toronto.