Gordon Nixon is president and CEO of RBC, the brand name for Royal Bank of Canada and its subsidiaries, as well as a director of Royal Bank of Canada and chairman of RBC’s Group Executive.
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 Nixon returned to Toronto in 1989 as a managing director of investment banking.
In 1995 Nixon was appointed head of global investment banking, and in 1999 he 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 CEO on August 1, 2001.
Nixon is currently the chairman of MaRS Discovery District and co-chairs the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. He is also a director and past chair of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and a chairman of the Queen’s University Capital Campaign and the Ontario Premier’s Jobs and Prosperity Council. He has served as a director of a number of organizations in the arts, as well as in healthcare and education, and has chaired numerous events and fundraising campaigns, including for the United Way of Greater Toronto.
Nixon has been named a member of the Order of Canada and an appointee of the Order of Ontario. He is a recipient of Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year award and the Canadian Business Leader Award. He has twice been included on Barron’s list of the World’s Best CEOs, and is an honouree of the Public Policy Forum. He has an honorary doctor of laws from both Queen’s University and Dalhousie University, and is a recipient of the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy and UJA Federation 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, 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.