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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
September 3, 2015
Canadian Excellence


Bob Hamilton (Co-Chair), BBA '71, Vice-President, RBC Financial Group

After graduating as a Letterman’s Jacket Holder, Bob Hamilton played in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts and the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Always ready to lend his support to Laurier athletics, Hamilton has spoken on behalf of his memorable 1968 Laurier football team, which won the Atlantic Bowl and were national finalists. In a moving fundraising speech, he credited the values and lessons learned through team sports and the Laurier family with influencing his life in a positive direction.

Hamilton is now the Vice-President for Business Development, Private Banking, and RBC Wealth Management with the RBC Financial Group in Calgary. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and was co-Chair of the successful bid to bring Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame to Calgary. Hamilton sits on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Stampede Foundation, the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, the board of Calgary Sport and Tourism as well as the Winsport board which was formally known as CODA, Canadian Olympic Development Association . Hamilton helps run the Tim Hamilton Endowment foundation under the umbrella of The Children's Wish foundation and is a past board member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta, and the Red Deer College Foundation Board. He has also been a Cabinet Head for the United Way and Provincial Chair of the National Mental Health Fund.

A steadfast and loyal alumnus, Hamilton has worked to increase Laurier’s profile and raised more than $500,000 from Western Canada during the 1990s. He is also a past member of Laurier’s Board of Governors and received the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1997. His wife, Julie, is also a 100 Alumni of Achievement recipient.