Katie Taylor

Chair of the Board


Kathleen (Katie) Taylor is chair of the board of RBC where she has served since 21 (chair since January 214). Katie also serves as chair of Altas Partners, a Toronto based private equity investment firm.

Katie is the vice chair of the Adecco Group and a director of Air Canada and CPP Investments. She is a director of both the Hospital for Sick Children and and the SickKids Foundation and is a co-chair of the SickKids $1.3 billion capital campaign.

Katie is the former president and chief executive officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. During her 24 year career with the iconic global company, she held several senior leadership roles and was instrumental in building the firm’s global brand and its international portfolio of luxury properties. 

Katie is a member of the Order of Canada, has been inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame by the Women’s Executive Network. In 217, Report on Business magazine named Katie among the 5 most powerful people in Canadian Business. She is a fellow of both the Institute of Corporate Directors in Canada and the National Association of Corporate Directors in the United States.

Katie has an MBA and an honorary doctorate of laws from the Schulich School of Business, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a bachelor of arts (honors) and honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Toronto. She has also received an honorary doctorate of laws from both McGill University and Trent University, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Mount Saint Vincent University. 

Katie is a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s national council where she co-chairs the human capital policy council. She also serves on the dean’s advisory council of the Schulich School of Business and on the principal’s international advisory board at McGill University. 

Katie lives in Toronto with her husband and has three grown children.