Leadership

As a firm serving clients in over 100 countries around the globe, RBC Capital Markets relies on the guidance provided by its strong team of leaders. With decades of experience to their names, these leaders use their knowledge to further the firm’s goal of being among the world’s most trusted and successful financial institutions.

Doug McGregor

Doug McGregor

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Doug McGregor
Group Head, RBC Capital Markets and RBC Investor & Treasury Services
Chairman and CEO, RBC Capital Markets

Doug McGregor is Group Head, RBC Capital Markets and RBC Investor & Treasury Services, Chairman and CEO of RBC Capital Markets, and is a member of RBC’s Group Executive. As Chairman and CEO of RBC Capital Markets, Doug has global oversight of the firm’s Corporate & Investment Banking and Global Markets activities conducted by its over 7,400 employees worldwide. He also directly leads the investment bank’s real estate lending businesses. As Group Head of RBC Investor & Treasury Services, Doug is responsible for this business’ custody, treasury and financing services for institutional clients globally.

Doug began his career in corporate finance and then institutional equity sales at Pitfield Mackay Ross Ltd. in 1979. In 1983, he became a real estate investment banker with Marcil Trust, which was later acquired by RBC Capital Markets in 1990. Doug holds an Honours BA (Business) and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. While at university, his accomplishments as an athlete earned him the Purple Blanket for achievement in wrestling at the national level and induction into the “W” Club Hall of Fame. In 2016, Doug was recognized by Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with an Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree for his accomplishments in the financial services industry, contributions to the community and support for advanced learning.

An involved community member, Doug serves on the University Health Network’s Board of Trustees in Toronto and is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. He is an active fundraiser for The United Way and for Ingles House, a home for young women recovering from addiction, and its parent organization, LOFT Community Services.

Troy Maxwell

Troy Maxwell

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Troy Maxwell
Chief Operating Officer

Troy Maxwell is Chief Operating Officer of RBC Capital Markets with global responsibility for all operational and administrative matters of the firm, including optimizing cost base management and financial resources, and leading the response to regulatory change. Previously, Mr. Maxwell was Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of RBC Capital Markets and Technology & Operations, where he oversaw all finance services to RBC’s wholesale business and technology and operations platform.

Mr. Maxwell is a champion for diversity-related initiatives at RBC and an active member of the community. Since 2009, he has served as the executive sponsor of RBC’s Advancement of Women in Leadership committee, a global leadership forum responsible for driving actions to improve representation of senior women at the bank. Additionally, Mr. Maxwell is a senior advisor for RWomen, RBC Capital Markets’ internal forum dedicated to fostering the development and career aspirations of women. Mr. Maxwell has played a key role in RBC’s annual United Way campaign for several years and acts as Co-Chair of RBC’s national Major Individual Gifts Committee. He is also a member of the United Way Toronto & York Region’s Major Individual Giving Cabinet.

Prior to joining RBC, Mr. Maxwell was Chief Financial Officer of CIBC World Markets and a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he led the financial institutions and corporate treasury risk management consulting and advisory business.

Mr. Maxwell is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and holds an Honours BA and a Master's Degree in Accounting from the University of Waterloo.

Nadine Ahn

Nadine Ahn

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Nadine Ahn
Senior Vice-President, Capital Markets Finance

Nadine Ahn is Senior Vice-President of RBC Capital Markets Finance. She has overall global accountability for Capital Markets Finance, providing financial governance and value-added financial advice to support RBC Capital Markets, including financial control, product control, valuations and performance management. Nadine is a member of the CAO & CFO Operating Committee and the Capital Markets Operating Committee.

Nadine joined RBC 17 years ago and has held various senior roles in Corporate Treasury and Finance, most recently as VP & Controller, Global Head of Financial Control, Capital Markets Finance.

She is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.

Michael Bowick

Michael Bowick

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Michael Bowick
Head, Global Markets

Mike Bowick is Head of the Global Markets Division of RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Bowick provides oversight to the Trading and Sales activities of Global Equities, Global Fixed Income & Currencies, and Global Commodities, Futures & Electronic Trading. In addition to his responsibilities in Global Markets, Mr. Bowick has responsibility for the Counterparty Risk Trading (CRT) group, which manages the counterparty risks arising from OTC derivative contracts, as well as oversight of some of RBC Capital Markets' legacy risk positions. Since joining RBC in 1986, Mr. Bowick has assumed increasingly senior roles managing derivative businesses that reference most asset classes such as FX, Interest Rates, Credit, and Equity. Mr. Bowick holds an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Prince Edward Island and an MBA from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Josh Critchley

Josh Critchley

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Josh Critchley
Head, European Investment Banking

Josh Critchley is Head of European Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets. He is a member of the RBC Capital Markets Operating Committee and the European Operating Committee, and sits on RBC’s European Executive Committee. Mr. Critchley joined RBC Capital Markets in September 2009 to help lead the build-out of our European investment banking and equities platforms within Capital Markets.

Mr. Critchley has 24 years of investment banking experience, most recently at Goldman Sachs from 2004 to 2009 and before that at Merrill Lynch from 1993 to 2004. He has been responsible for the origination and execution of a significant number of transactions in a variety of industries, including for financial, consumer, telecommunication, healthcare and industrial companies.

Mr. Critchley holds a BSc from City University Business School, London.

Cam DesBrisay

Cam DesBrisay

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Cam DesBrisay
Executive Vice President, Wholesale Credit Risk, RBC

Cam DesBrisay is EVP, Wholesale Credit Risk within Group Risk Management. Mr. DesBrisay is responsible for the bank’s credit risk management interface with RBC Capital Markets, as well as the credit risk regulatory contact for Capital Markets. As the senior risk officer for Capital Markets, Mr. DesBrisay and his team are responsible for aligning the business segment’s risk management processes with those of the RBC enterprise. He also has responsibility for wholesale credit risk in other business segments, including the National Clients Group in Personal and Commercial Banking. Mr. DesBrisay is a member of the Global Risk Management Operating Committee.

Mr. DesBrisay joined RBC in 1992, and spent five years working in Corporate Treasury and Market Risk Management. He joined Global Credit in 1998, where he held progressively senior positions including Head of Loan Portfolio Management and Credit Exposure Management, a role he held for several years prior to being appointed Head of Global Credit in 2014.

Mr. DesBrisay is on the board of the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of British Columbia.

Bobby Grubert

Bobby Grubert

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Bobby Grubert
Co-Head of Global Equities‎

Bobby Grubert is Co-Head of Global Equities. In this role, Mr. Grubert has global accountability for all equity related product capabilities including sales and trading, origination, new issue distribution, risk management, electronic trading and research. He is a member of the firm's operating committee as well as its U.S. operating committee.

Mr. Grubert began his career as an energy trader with Rauscher Pierce Refsnes, based in Dallas in 1996. Following the merger with Dain Rauscher, Mr. Grubert moved to Minneapolis to grow the NYSE Listed business. After RBC acquired Dain Rauscher Wessels 2001, Mr. Grubert transferred to New York, and was appointed Head of U.S. trading in 2007. He became Head of U.S. Equities in 2008, adding responsibility for global electronic trading in 2009 and he assumed responsibility of Cash Equities in Europe in 2014. In 2018 he was appointed Co-Head of Global Equities.

Mr. Grubert is an Executive Member on the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House of New York, Inc., a member of the Boarealis AI Advisory Council and is a founding member of the RBC U.S. Capital Markets Diversity Leadership Council.

Jonathan Hunter

Jonathan Hunter

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Jonathan Hunter
Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities

Jonathan Hunter has served as Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC) at RBC Capital Markets since 2011, and is a member of the RBC Capital Markets Operating Committee.

Mr. Hunter has been with RBC for more than 25 years, joining the Dealer Trainee Program in 1991. Since then, he has held progressively senior roles within Capital Markets, including Global Co-Head, Fixed Income and Currencies (2006-2011), based in New York, and Global Head of Liquid Products (2002-2006), based in London.

Today, Mr. Hunter leads a team of more than 700 professionals globally and is responsible for growing the FICC business into a significant contributor to RBC Capital Markets’ earnings.

Mr. Hunter recently served an eight-year term as a Director of the Board of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA).

He is actively involved in the firm’s various diversity, mentorship and recruitment initiatives, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees, and sits on the Board of Governors, for The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto.

Mr. Hunter is a key participant in RBC’s many community and charitable initiatives, including the RBC Race for the Kids, and he serves as a member of the United Way’s Major Individual Gifts cabinet as part of RBC’s annual Employee Giving Campaign.

Mr. Hunter earned his Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Finance) from Queen's University in 1991, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Ahmed Kachenoura

Ahmed Kachenoura

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Ahmed Kachenoura
Co-Head, Global Equities

Ahmed Kachenoura is Co-Head of Global Equities at RBC Capital Markets. In this role, Mr. Kachenoura has global oversight of all aspects of client coverage for traditional cash equities and equity derivatives including sales and trading, origination, new issue distribution, risk management and research, as well as electronic trading. He is a member of both the firm's operating committee and the U.S. Operating Committee.

Mr. Kachenoura joined RBC Capital Markets in August 2012 as Head of EMEA Trading based in London. In August 2013, he moved to New York to become Head of Trading for GELPAmericas and Local Head of the U.S. business before being promoted to Head of Global Equity-Linked Products. In 2018, he was appointed Co-Head of Global Equities. Mr. Kachenoura has a proven track record in building and managing businessesand has held various senior roles over the past two decades within Equity Derivatives in trading, sales, research and risk management.

Mr. Kachenoura is actively engaged in promoting culture and diversity and in giving back to the community. He is a member of the RBC U.S. Diversity Leadership Committee. Mr. Kachenoura is actively involved in supporting RBC’s charitiesand has participated in RBC events for the Ronald McDonald House New York, including Skate with the Greats. He has also been a huge supporter of RBC Race for the Kids, where he has served as a team co-captain the past two consecutive years.

Mr. Kachenoura holds an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE), and a Masters from Paris IX-Dauphine University in Cognitive Science. Prior to joining RBC, he spent 17 years at Credit Agricole CIB where he started his career as a Quant and held several Front Office leadership positions in Equity Derivatives. Mr. Kachenoura and his wife with their two daughters live in New York City.‎

Derek Neldner

Derek Neldner

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Derek Neldner
Head, Global Investment Banking

Derek Neldner is Head of Global Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Neldner has oversight for the firm’s investment banking practices in Canada, the U.S., Europe and the Asia Pacific region, and has senior client coverage responsibility for a number of RBC Capital Markets’ most important corporate clients.

Mr. Neldner has 23 years of experience with RBC Capital Markets in investment banking, including corporate finance, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and other capital markets advisory experience. Before assuming his current role, Mr. Neldner was Head of Canadian and Asia Pacific Investment Banking. He previously spent 10 years in Calgary as Head of Canadian Energy Investment Banking. Prior to this, his experience included 10 years in the Equity Capital Markets group based in Toronto.

Mr. Neldner is a member of the firm’s Operating Committee, the Loan Commitments Committee and the M&A Opinion Review Committee. He is also a board member of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Foundation and is a member of the Major Individual Giving campaign cabinet for the United Way of Toronto & York Region.

Mr. Neldner holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the University of Alberta and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Daniel Rosenbaum

Daniel Rosenbaum

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Daniel Rosenbaum
Head, Central Funding

Daniel Rosenbaum is a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets, Head of the Central Funding Business (CFG) Division & Chairman of RBC Capital Markets Japan, RBC Barbados Trading Bank Corporation and RBC Capital Markets Arbitrage S.A. subsidiaries. As the Head of CFG, Mr. Rosenbaum is responsible for overseeing a global secured financing business which delivers balance sheet solutions to its clients.

Mr. Rosenbaum joined RBC Capital Markets in 1999 in New York as member of the firm's Global Arbitrage and Trading business. He was transferred to London in 2000 where he developed a European trading business as well as co-founded the CFG business. In 2005 he relocated to the Bahamas to develop the firm's Caribbean platform before being transferred back to New York in 2010. Mr. Rosenbaum holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a MS in Operations Research from Princeton University.

Harry Samuel

Harry Samuel

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Harry Samuel
CEO, RBC Investor & Treasury Services and Chairman, European Executive Committee

Harry Samuel has nearly three decades of experience in global financial services, having worked in London, Toronto and Sydney. He joined RBC in 1989 in FX and has held progressively senior roles, establishing and managing global businesses in fixed income, currencies, commodities, and liquidity asset management. Between 2011 and 2014, Mr. Samuel was regional CEO for RBC Capital Markets in Europe. In 2013, he was appointed to the global leadership of RBC Investor & Treasury Services, one of RBC's five reporting segments, which has responsibility for asset, custody and payments services for institutional clients worldwide, as well as the bank’s global funding and liquidity asset management. In addition, Mr. Samuel was named Chairman of RBC’s European Executive Committee in November 2013.  

Mr. Samuel is a profound advocate for diversity and equality, currently serving as the Chair of RBC’s UK Diversity Council and as a longstanding member of the bank’s enterprise-wide Diversity Leadership Council. He is also actively involved in charitable and educational organizations in the UK and Canada, promoting children’s welfare and education.

Mr. Samuel holds an Honours BA from McGill University and an MSc in Economics from the University of London (London School of Economics).

Patti Shugart

Patti Shugart

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Patti Shugart
Managing Director and Global Head, Corporate Banking and Global Credit

Patti Shugart is Global Head of Corporate Banking and Global Credit and a member of the Operating Committee at RBC Capital Markets. In her role, Ms. Shugart oversees a client-facing team of more than 500 professionals globally who specialize in lending, trading credit and loan portfolio management for our corporate and institutional clients. She also chairs the Loan Portfolio Review Committee and the Commitments Committee which determines the firm’s global lending decisions.

Ms. Shugart is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. She sits on the bank-wide RBC Diversity Leadership Council, is a co-founder of RWomen, a global internal forum dedicated to fostering and developing female talent, and she chairs the Women in Capital Markets’ Advisory Council. She is also the current Executive Champion for the Toronto RBC Race for the Kids and is RBC's Executive Sponsor for the United Way’s Women United group. Ms. Shugart has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the industry through the Champion of Change award from Women in Capital Markets in 2016. She was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women's Executive Network in 2015 and 2017, and received the Women in Capital Markets Award for Leadership in 2010.

Ms. Shugart is also a board member at Branksome Hall and sits on the Advisory Board for the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. She has an MBA from the University of Toronto (Rotman) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University.

Matthew R. Stopnik

Matthew R. Stopnik

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Matthew R. Stopnik
Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Investment Banking

Matthew Stopnik is a Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Investment Banking. He joined RBC Capital Markets in January 2015 as the Co-Head of Financial Sponsors. Prior to joining RBC, Mr. Stopnik spent 20 years at UBS Investment Bank, his most recent role serving as its U.S. Head of Financial Sponsors.

At RBC, Mr. Stopnik is responsible for U.S. Investment Banking, along with Jim Wolfe. He is also responsible for managing RBC’s relationships with some of the largest and most active private equity firms in the world.

Mr. Stopnik serves on the U.S. Capital Operating Committee, is a Co-Chair for the RBC Foundation, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the TEAK Fellowship, is a member of the Board of Youth, INC. and is a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Partnership for New York City. He received a B.A from the University of Michigan. Mr. Stopnik and his wife live in New York City with their two children.

David Thomas

David Thomas

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David Thomas
CEO, RBC Capital Markets, Europe

David Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of RBC Capital Markets Europe, responsible for leading all aspects of the business in the region, including strategy execution and effective governance. This includes all areas of the UK business and the branch operations of RBC Europe Ltd., in Germany and France. He is a member of the RBC Capital Markets global Operating Committee and the European Executive Committee, and chairs the European Operating Committee. Mr. Thomas also holds a number of UK board roles including Executive Director of RBC Europe Limited and Chairman of RBC Global Asset Management (UK) Limited.

Mr. Thomas holds a BSc (Hons) degree from Loughborough University in the UK and joined RBC Capital Markets in 1992 following periods at a UK domestic bank and a technology company. Since joining RBC, Mr. Thomas has held a number of both global and regional mandates in Technology, Operations, Risk Management and Compliance. He is a member of the Corporate Partnerships Board for Great Ormond Street Hospital and is active in fundraising for the charity.

Susan Uchida

Susan Uchida

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Susan Uchida
Head of Human Resources, RBC Capital Markets and RBC Investor & Treasury Services

Susan Uchida is the Head of Human Resources for RBC Capital Markets and RBC Investor & Treasury Services. She leads the HR function by working with a talented global team to deliver a range of HR services and programs that enable business strategies. Ms. Uchida partners with the business to place, develop, reward, and retain top talent to drive the organization's success.

Ms. Uchida previously served as Vice-President, Learning for RBC where she and her team were responsible for learning and development strategies, programs, technology and innovative approaches across the enterprise.

Since joining RBC Financial Group in 2002, Susan has served in a variety of business and HR leadership roles in Canadian and American retail banking divisions, insurance, and capital markets. She has more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Susan holds an MBA from Dalhousie University and is a Board member and HR Committee Chair at The Learning Partnership.

Jim Wolfe

Jim Wolfe

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Jim Wolfe
Co-Head, U.S. Investment Banking

Jim Wolfe is a Managing Director, Co-Head of U.S. Investment Banking and Head of Global Leveraged Finance Group. He joined RBC in June 2008 after spending 15 years at Bear Stearns, most recently as a Senior Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance Group. Mr. Wolfe is responsible for the firm’s leveraged finance business in the U.S. and Europe encompassing the origination, structuring and execution of debt products in connection with corporate acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and refinancings. Over the past 22 years, he has completed transactions across all industry sectors and transaction sizes.

Mr. Wolfe is a member of the firm’s Commitments Committee, Co-Chair of the Debt Commitments Committee and serves on the U.S. Capital Markets Operating Committee. He received a B.S in Accounting from the University of Southern California and MBA from Wharton. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT.

Gordon Bell

Gordon Bell

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Gordon Bell
Vice Chairman

Gordon Bell is Vice Chairman for RBC Capital Markets’ Global Mining and Metals Group. In this role, he is responsible for senior client relationships for the firm’s North American and international mining and metals clients, providing advice and execution on mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, and debt and equity financing. From 2001 to 2016, Gord was the Global Head of RBC’s Mining & Metals group, leading the expansion and growth of the firm’s practice domestically as well as in London, Australia and Asia, establishing RBC as a leader in the sector globally.

Prior to joining RBC in 1989, Gord worked as a consulting mining engineer and in mine development. From 1995 to 1999, he took a leave from RBC Capital Markets for a position as Chief Financial Officer of a Denver-based precious metals company, where he was responsible for that firm’s financial, M&A and external reporting activities. Gord received a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Gord is an ardent advocate for mental health, having served on the board of trustees of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and as Chair of CAMH’s Transforming Lives gala. He also served on the advisory board for Literature for Life and is a member of the Campaign Cabinet for the Queen’s University Engineering capital campaign.

Stewart Burton

Stewart Burton

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Stewart Burton
Vice Chairman

Stewart Burton is Vice Chairman and member of the Global Banking Operating Committee. He is responsible for senior client coverage and has extensive experience in investment banking, providing both financing and merger and acquisition advice across a broad range of industries. Stewart joined the Corporate Finance Department of RBC Capital Markets in 1986 after earning his MBA degree from the Harvard Business School. Stewart also holds an HBA from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to completing his MBA, Stewart earned his Chartered Accountants designation after spending three years with Ernst and Young. He is a Director of the Canadian Opera Company.

Joe Cunningham

Joe Cunningham

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Joe Cunningham
Vice Chairman

Joe Cunningham is Vice Chairman, Global Investment Banking, and provides senior coverage of clients in the pipeline and midstream sectors of the US energy industry. He previously served as Managing Director and Co-Head, US Energy Group from 2006-2016. Mr. Cunningham has 35 years of energy industry investment banking experience, including 25 years with RBC Capital Markets and predecessor companies. Mr. Cunningham received a BA degree from Georgetown University and an MBA degree, with distinction, from Harvard Business School.

Andrew Federer

Andrew Federer

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Andrew Federer
Vice Chairman

Andrew Federer is Vice Chairman, RBC Capital Markets and is a member of the Global Investment Banking Management Committee, the Equity Commitments Committee and the Mezzanine Finance Committee. He is responsible for senior client relationships and for providing advisory and deal execution services for the firm’s global clients, including: mergers and acquisitions, leveraged loan and high yield financings, bond issuance, and IPOs and secondary offerings. Andrew has an extensive and broad range of transactional experience having advised a number of North America's largest corporate issuers and private equity firms. He also previously served as Head of Corporate Finance in Canada with responsibility for the management and direction of a number of teams, including: Communications, Media & Telecom, Financial Institutions, Consumer and Industrial Products, Financial Sponsors, Infrastructure Coverage, and Infrastructure (PPP) Project Finance. Mr. Federer is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Art Gallery of Ontario, Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Bishops Strachan School and Co-Chairman of the RBC Capital Markets Foundation.

Michael Fortier

Michael Fortier

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Michael Fortier
Vice Chairman

Since October 2010, Mr Fortier is Vice Chairman, RBC Capital Markets. Prior to joining the Royal Bank of Canada, he had been active principally in the fields of banking, politics and law.

Over the past 25 years, Mr Fortier has worked as a senior relationship banker for several Wall Street (Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse) and Canadian (TD Securities) investment banking firms and worked in Canada and the UK for one of the leading Canadian law firms (Norton Rose).

Between January 2006 and November 2008, Mr Fortier served as Canada's Minister of Public Works and Minister of International Trade. Throughout this period, he also acted as the Minister responsible for Greater Montreal. Mr Fortier also chaired Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party leadership campaign in 2004 and the Party's 2004 and 2006 federal election campaigns.

Mr Fortier sits on the boards of CAE and Pomerleau. He also served from 2012 to 2015 as a member of United Technologies’ International Advisory Council. He is active with many philanthropic organizations, including as Chairman of Ste Justine Hospital’s Foundation since 2012. He has also accepted numerous pro bono assignments from municipal, provincial and federal governments, notably negotiating the return of Formula One racing to Canada.

Mr Fortier lives in Montreal with his wife Michelle and his six children.

Larry Grafstein

Larry Grafstein

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Larry Grafstein
Deputy Chairman

Larry Grafstein has been Deputy Chairman of Global Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets since September of 2018. In his 30 years on Wall Street, he has advised clients on nearly $1 trillion of completed transactions. His experience spans all industries and geographies and includes some of the largest and most complex M&A, restructuring, equity and privatization deals.

His clients over the years have included AerCap, AT&T, BAT, Charter Communications, Creative Artists Agency, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Hutchison Whampoa, Intel, Jabil,  Juniper, Leucadia, Level 3, Microsoft, Mosaic, Sprint, Time Warner, TPG, Visteon and Vodafone.  Recently he advised CSX on its response to activist investor Mantle Ridge, IBM on its acquisition of Truven, and Molson Coors on its acquisition of its Miller Coors JV. He advised on the restructurings of WorldCom and Nortel, two of the largest done to date.   

He has worked on behalf of the Governments of Canada and Ontario regarding their investments in Chrysler and General Motors after the financial crisis and advised on the landmark privatizations of Telefonos de Mexico and Telstra of Australia. He recently represented Statewide Mobility Partners, a consortium of investment funds, on the divestiture of Indiana Toll Roads, one of the largest infrastructure sales in US history.  In 2014 he helped settle the strike and consumer boycott at Market Basket Supermarkets in New England through the sale by certain members of the Demoulas family of their ownership stake and resolution of their 20-year control dispute.

Mr. Grafstein is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A.), Oxford University (M.Phil, Balliol College, Rhodes Scholar), and the University of Toronto (J.D.). He is co-chair of his Harvard class and has served on the board of a number of public companies and philanthropic institutions, including the US board of Upper Canada College and the board of trustees of Horace Mann School in New York.

Kent Savagian

Kent Savagian

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Kent Savagian
Vice Chairman

Kent Savagian is a Vice Chairman in the Global Investment Banking Group and Head of the Los Angeles Office. Mr. Savagian is a widely recognized expert in complex advisory, financing and out-of-court restructuring transactions with almost 30 years of experience. Mr. Savagian has spent much of his career advising media clients as well as West Coast based private equity clients. To date, Mr. Savagian has worked on over $250 billion of financing assignments across a broad range of products including leverage finance, equity, investment grade and film/content financing, and in excess of $150 billion of advisory work for clients in his career.

Mr. Savagian previously served as a Managing Director at Moelis & Company and Credit Suisse where he advised corporate clients including the Walt Disney Company, Euro Disney SCA, Sony Entertainment, Penton Media, Media Rights Capital, Pixar Entertainment and Scripps Networks. He has also worked with most West Coast private equity clients including Oaktree Capital, Ares Capital, Leonard Green Partners and Aurora Capital. Prior to Moelis & Company, Mr. Savagian ran the highly successful Los Angeles Office at Credit Suisse from 2005 through 2011, and prior to Credit Suisse worked in the Los Angeles Office of Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette.

Mr. Savagian holds a BS in Economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA in Finance from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. He is on the board of the California Chamber of Commerce and served on the Executive Board in 2013, Chairs the Audit and Finance Committee at St James’ Episcopal School and is currently involved in the Los Angeles Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America. 

David Thomas

David Thomas

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David Thomas
CEO, RBC Capital Markets, Europe

David Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of RBC Capital Markets Europe, responsible for leading all aspects of the business in the region, including strategy execution and effective governance. This includes all areas of the UK business and the branch operations of RBC Europe Ltd., in Germany and France. He is a member of the RBC Capital Markets global Operating Committee and the European Executive Committee, and chairs the European Operating Committee. Mr. Thomas also holds a number of UK board roles including Executive Director of RBC Europe Limited and Chairman of RBC Global Asset Management (UK) Limited.

Mr. Thomas holds a BSc (Hons) degree from Loughborough University in the UK and joined RBC Capital Markets in 1992 following periods at a UK domestic bank and a technology company. Since joining RBC, Mr. Thomas has held a number of both global and regional mandates in Technology, Operations, Risk Management and Compliance. He is a member of the Corporate Partnerships Board for Great Ormond Street Hospital and is active in fundraising for the charity.

John Thurlow

John Thurlow

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John Thurlow
Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Capital Markets and U.S. Intermediary Holding Company

John Thurlow is the U.S. COO of RBC Capital Markets. Based in Jersey City, New Jersey, Mr. Thurlow is responsible for all operational, control and administrative aspects of RBC’s U.S. Capital Markets businesses and has local management responsibility for all Technology, Operations and Functions groups. Mr. Thurlow is also the Chief Operating Officer for RBC U.S. Holdings LLC, RBC’s U.S. Intermediate Holding Company (IHC) in which he works closely with the IHC CEO and all U.S. business leaders in driving collaboration opportunities across our U.S. operations. 

Mr. Thurlow joined RBC in May of 2015 from Credit Suisse, where he held dual roles as the COO for Credit Suisse’s Americas Equities businesses and the Head of Front Office Controls for Credit Suisse’s Global Equities business. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Thurlow spent 16 years at Merrill Lynch, where he held various Financing, Operational and COO positions within Merrill’s Treasury, Equity Derivatives and Prime Brokerage divisions in New York, Hong Kong and Australia. He began his career in commercial banking during which he held a variety of Credit and Operations roles.

Mr. Thurlow is active in RBC’s Employee Resource Groups (ERG) and in the Jersey City community. He is the Executive Sponsor OF RBC’s Vets Network ERG working closely with select veteran organizations in both New York and New Jersey.  Mr. Thurlow serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the New Jersey City University School of Business, and actively supports The Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County and The All-Stars Project Development School for Youth.

Mr. Thurlow received his B.A. in Finance and International Business from Pace University in New York, and his M.B.A in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Additionally, he holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.

Blair Wark

Blair Wark

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Blair Wark
Chief Financial Officer (CFO), RBC, Asia-Pacific & Chief Operating Officer (COO), RBC Capital Markets, Asia-Pacific

Blair Wark is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for RBC in Asia-Pacific and Chief Operating Officer (COO), RBC Capital Markets Asia-Pacific. As CFO he leads the Asia-Pacific finance team and oversees all finance services to the Asia-Pacific business platforms, including valuations, financial and product control, and performance management. As COO, he oversees the regulatory obligations and business operations, and leads the functional, operational, and financial aspects of Capital Markets in the region. Mr. Wark is actively involved in regional diversity initiatives and is Chair of the Australia Diversity Council.

Mr. Wark joined RBC in 2010 as a Director, Head of Finance. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in banking in London, New York, and Australia, having held roles with Price Waterhouse, Halifax plc, Banco Santander, and Lloyds International. Mr. Wark studied at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia with B Bus. Major and Law sub-Major.