A Note from Derek Neldner: Coming Together as a Community

By Derek Neldner
Published June 2, 2020 | 1 min read

At RBC, we passionately support diversity and seek to create an environment of inclusion for all people. Derek Neldner, CEO and Group Head of RBC Capital Markets, shares a note condemning the recent acts of injustice and racism, and calls us to come together as a community to make a difference.

The events of the past few days in the U.S. have stirred a number of emotions in us all – everything from shock and sadness to frustration and anger. The tragic death of George Floyd along with other recent instances of injustice and racism, and the ensuing protests, have hit a collective nerve and have left us searching for answers. What is clear is that these ongoing instances of racism and discrimination against people of color within our communities demonstrate how much work remains to eliminate inequality in our society.

I would like to acknowledge and recognize the significant distress, anxiety, and concern that these evolving events are creating for everyone, and especially for the black community. While my colleagues and I are fortunate to work for an open organization like RBC that truly values diversity, inclusion and what makes each of us unique, it is times like these that remind us there is so much more that we can, and must, do as individuals and organizations.

Now is a time where we must come together as a community to support each other, foster greater empathy and understanding, and show leadership in driving lasting change. I encourage you to check in on people who may be struggling to provide your support and solidarity. I also encourage you to take action by speaking up and calling out instances of injustice when you see them and by championing inclusion and respect. It is important for us to have open, candid conversations – to listen, share perspectives and understand the experiences of others. In this regard, I would strongly encourage you to read this post from RBC Capital Market’s Natasha Holiday, Managing Director, Municipal Finance as well as a recent article from Sandye Taylor, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion. They share highly valuable perspectives on recent events and the importance of diversity and inclusion.

Together, we can and must make a difference.

Derek Neldner

Derek Neldner
Global Head, Investment Banking