An advocate of inclusive prosperity through investing in people and building organizations and societies that enable everyone to realize their potential, Zabeen Hirji is a strategic advisor to business, government and academia on the Future of Work, Leadership, Talent Management, and Diversity & Inclusion.
From 2007-2017, Zabeen was RBC’s Chief Human Resources Officer, covering 80,000 employees in 40 countries and was also responsible for brand, communications and corporate citizenship. She was also part of RBC’s nine member Group Executive Committee. RBC consistently achieved top tier performance while being named a Best Place to Work for nine consecutive years, reflecting its high-performance, high-engagement inclusive culture.
She is currently Global Advisor, Future of Work, at Deloitte, advising the firm and its clients on the changing nature of work, an issue key to the transformation agendas of business and government. Zabeen is also an advisor to governments and academia on diversity and inclusion as well as preparing youth for the new world of work. She co-chairs the External Advisory Board for diversity and inclusion for the Ontario Public Service, is on University of Toronto’s Governing Council, and is a Visiting Professor, Policy Institute, King’s College, London, UK.
Honours include: 2017 Ivey Business School Lifetime Achievement in Human Resources; 2016 Simon Fraser University Outstanding Alumni Award; Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal for diversity and inclusion; 2014 Catalyst Canada Honouree; 2012 WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame inductee.