Plan International Canada welcomes new Board Member

TORONTO, ON –January 14, 2019 – Plan International Canada announced today that Helena Gottschling, Chief Human Resources Officer at RBC has been appointed to its Board of Directors.

Helena Gottschling

“In her personal and professional life, Helena has been an advocate for the empowerment of young people, especially women, and a proponent of philanthropic giving,” said Patsy Anderson, Board Chair, Plan International Canada. “We’re grateful to have her join the board and support Plan’s vision of a world where every child can unleash their full potential.”

Plan International Canada has cultivated a strong relationship with RBC, including partnering with the bank to form In Good Company – a coalition of organizations tasked with addressing various gender inequality issues in the workplace including barriers to leadership and the gender pay gap. Most recently, the bank’s CEO, Dave McKay, shared his seat with a young woman for a day as part of Plan’s Girls Belong Here program to demonstrate the leadership potential and inherent power in girls and young women.

About Helena

Helena Gottschling is RBC's Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) with global responsibility for Human Resources. Together with other members of Group Executive, Helena is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC - extending to over 80,000 employees in 37 countries.

Helena joined RBC in 1985, holding progressively senior roles in Retail Banking, Human Resources and National Office, which included positions in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. She re-joined Human Resources in 2006 and held a number of executive roles before being appointed CHRO in 2017.

Prior to her current role, Helena was Senior Vice President, Human Resources, responsible for executive and high potential talent management, including leadership development and succession planning. She was also accountable for RBC’s enterprise learning function and organizational effectiveness centre of expertise for change management and organizational design. In addition, Helena led the Human Resources business partner teams supporting Technology & Operations and Global Functions.

In her 32 years with RBC, Helena has distinguished herself as a trusted advisor, a change champion, and a devoted employee advocate – leadership qualities that help to unlock the potential of people and strengthen the brand as a top employer of choice on a global scale.

Helena was a co-chair of RBC's record-breaking 2016 National Employee Giving Campaign, inspiring employees to go above and beyond in their personal donations to help Canadian communities prosper. She is also a board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research and a past board member of The Mosaic Institute.

Helena holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.

About Plan International Canada

Plan International Canada is a member of a global organization dedicated to advancing children's rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and are now active in more than 70 countries. We are calling on all Canadians to Defy Normal: to believe in the power and potential of every child and to take a stand anywhere children are oppressed, exploited or left behind and anywhere girls aren't equally valued. Together, we can create a world where all unleash their full potential. Visit for more information and follow @PlanCanada on social media to #DefyNormal and join the conversation.

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