Francine Blackburn recently retired as Executive Vice President, Regulatory & Government Affairs and Chief Compliance Officer at RBC. Over the last 7 years, Mrs. Blackburn was responsible for setting the strategic direction and providing independent oversight of regulatory and compliance risk management and controls at RBC. She also ensured that RBC adequately managed the regulatory change agenda and had maximum flexibility to pursue enterprise and businesses’ strategic objectives within the governmental and regulatory environments in which RBC operates.
Prior to assuming these responsibilities, Mrs. Blackburn was EVP & Chief Internal Auditor at RBC for 11 years and prior to that, held progressive roles in Group Risk Management over a 5 year period. As Senior Vice President, Risk Policy & Portfolio Management, she had responsibilities for leading the risk policy, credit portfolio management including country analysis and strategies and operational risk management practices across RBC. Mrs. Blackburn was with RBC since 1993, with prior responsibilities in Treasury, market risk policy, and risk management of equity derivatives.
Prior to joining RBC, Mrs. Blackburn was Managing Partner of the RT Securities group, the corporate treasury arm of Royal Trust, which she joined in 1987. Mrs. Blackburn started her career in audit with the accounting firm of Touche Ross in Montreal (now Deloitte), where she specialized in financial institutions and public companies. She graduated from McGill University, is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA CA), a Certified Public Accountant in the US, a Certified Internal Auditor, and recently completed Rotman’s Director Education Program.
Mrs. Blackburn serves on the Board of Governors of North York General Hospital and chairs Public Works & Government Services Canada’s Audit & Evaluation Committee. Mrs. Blackburn also served on the Board of Directors of the Public Policy Forum and the Toronto French School.