Zabeen Hirji was Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the Royal Bank of Canada Group Executive in Toronto from 2007 - 2017. She is now Board Chair of CivicAction, Global Advisor for Futures Work at Deloitte and Special Advisor to the Clerk of the Canadian government’s Privy Council on Diversity and Inclusion. She is a prominent advocate and spokesperson for diversity and inclusion in Canadian business and has received numerous awards for championing the advancement of women and minorities. She holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University and received their Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. In 2016 she was recognized with Canada's Meritorious Service Medal for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion.