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Ms. Hirji is a Strategic Advisor to business, and the public and academic sectors and serves as a director on not-for profit boards. She recently retired from Royal Bank of Canada, following a distinguished career spanning senior executive roles in Human Resources and Business leadership in Retail Banking and Operations. From 2007 to 2017, she was Chief Human Resources Officer covering 80,000 employees and a member of RBC's Group Executive Committee responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the company. She also held responsibility for Brand, Communications and Corporate Citizenship.
Loblaw is the largest food retailer in Canada, and it has a serious new threat with Amazon. Amazon purchased Whole Foods for US$13.7 last fall. This has given Amazon an immediate presence in the brick-and-mortar playing field that Loblaw is in.