More than 1,000 outstanding RBC employees and their guests traveled throughout the Caribbean aboard the Celebrity Constellation cruise ship as part of a RBC performance convention. The international guests received a warm welcome by The Bahamas All Star Marching Band and RBC’s team members who warmly greeted them at the Cruise Port, Bay Street.

Guests were invited to attend a “Bahamian – Style” Welcome Reception at The British Colonial Hilton. There, the group experienced local cuisine along with featured performances by Ambassah and Colors Junkanoo Band.

At the reception, RBC Royal Bank presented (CAD) $20,000 to the directors of LJM Martime Academy on January 13, 2016, during a welcome reception hosted for the RBC Cruise Performance Winners.

According to Nathaniel Beneby, Managing Director, RBC Royal Bank, Bahamas Cayman and Turks & Caicos Islands, “This year we are pleased to present CAD $20,000 to the Lowell J. Mortimer Maritime Academy, a non-profit institution, the first of its kind in The Bahamas, established in 2011. We congratulate the academy on the first cohort of forty-one cadets enrolled. Thirty-two of those cadets successfully completed the requirements of the Phase I, Pre-sea training, and are presently aboard commercial ships, or are awaiting placement to complete the internship period for Phase I.”

The donation from RBC will serve as a partial scholarship for deserving underprivileged students to attend LJM Maritime Academy,” said Mr. Beneby.

“LJM Maritime Academy was created with the vision to be a globally recognized institution of excellence in maritime education and training. Its mission is to produce competent, well-rounded, educated industry leaders for the global arena,” said Dr. Brenda Cleare, Director, LJM Maritime Academy, who expressed gratitude for the donation.


Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, Min. of Education, Science and Technology, remarked, “This is a great example of the power of collaboration. RBC Royal Bank, the LJM Maritime Academy along with the Ministry of Transport and Aviation and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology have come together for the benefit of two young people who will have an opportunity to fulfill their dreams and pursue studies at the LJM Maritime Academy as a result of this scholarship donation.



I wish to thank Mr. Johnston, Mr. Beneby and the staff members of RBC for facilitating this act of kindness for the educational advancement of young Bahamians. RBC’s commitment to education and youth development is evidenced in its priority areas of donations to initiatives such as scholarships for students to The College of The Bahamas and the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute; the Lyford Cay Foundation Scholarship Programme; Mission Educate Bahamas’ Tune Into Reading Program and RBC’s Book Drive, monetary contributions to Read Bahamas and most recently, to our newly launched education channel, the Bahamas Learning Channel,” Min. Fitzgerald added.