The Decade Dozen

From the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Nexus.

Marcia Moffat

Having a variety of career experiences is a good thing. Having the breadth and depth of career achievements that Marcia Moffat, JD/MBA 1996, does at Canada's largest bank is remarkable.

"Marcia is one of our highest potential people here at RBC because she has demonstrated that she can make transitions very easily," says Janice Fukakusa, RBC's chief administrative officer/chief financial officer and Moffat's former boss.

"When you look at what qualifies Marcia to be on your Decade Dozen list, I think you are looking at people who can work in an environment filled with change, and can deliver on initiatives and commitments. Marcia has demonstrated that in spades." 

After leaving Shearman and Sterling in New York (she also worked in its Paris office), Moffat first started at RBC in investment banking in 2000, then led RBC's overall communications strategy with its shareholders, research analysts and rating agencies during the global financial crisis, as head of its investor relations team from 2006-2009. Currently she's busy working in the bank's largest business division, as vice-president of home equity financing products.

"She is the shining example of what you can do with a law degree," says former classmate Leslie McCallum, JD 1995, an associate in the capital markets group at Torys. "I think when an employer has someone moving around into senior positions like Marcia has experienced, it's a very powerful indicator of what they think of that person." Adds McCallum: "She has versatility, confidence and drive."

Fukakusa agrees, and doesn't hesitate when asked about Moffat's future potential. "In the next 10 years, I wouldn't be surprised if she was one of the senior leaders of the bank, on our group executive - the 10 executives that basically run the bank, including our CEO.  I could see her easily being there, provided she keeps up with her excellent performance."

Story: Lucianna Ciccocioppo

Photo: Jeff Kirk 

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