Gordon Nixon was chief executive officer of Royal Bank of Canada from 2001-2014. He was also a director of RBC and chair of its Group Executive. Mr. Nixon is a director of George Weston Limited and Bell Canada Enterprises.
Mr. 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 Mr. Nixon returned to Toronto in 1989 as a managing director of Investment Banking. In 1995, Mr. Nixon was appointed head of Global Investment Banking and in 1999 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. In December 2013, Mr. Nixon announced his intention to retire effective August 1, 2014.
Mr. Nixon is chairman of MaRS, a not-for-profit organization that connects science, business and capital and is past chairman of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the Ontario Premier’s Jobs and Prosperity Council. He is Chairman of the Queen’s University Capital Campaign and has served as a director of a number of organizations in the arts, health care and education and has chaired numerous events and fundraising campaigns including the United Way of Greater Toronto.
Mr. Nixon has been awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. He is a recipient of Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year Award, the Canadian Business Leader Award, has twice been included on Barron’s list of the World’s Best CEO’s, and was on Bloomberg’s list of the World’s 50 Most Influential People. Mr. Nixon is an Honouree of the Public Policy Forum and is a recipient of the CIJA/UJA 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, Mr. Nixon attended Queen’s University where he received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and he has an Honourary Doctor of Laws from both Queen’s University and Dalhousie University. He and his wife live in Toronto and have three children.