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For a Couple of Triangle ‘Canes Fans, RBC Bank Rewards Exclusives Delivered Hockey in Helsinki

Raleigh, N.C. – December 16, 2010 – When Lisa Guertin realized she had missed the deadline to purchase a trip package to see the Carolina Hurricanes’ season opener in Finland, she began looking for airline tickets, hotel rooms and the hockey tickets a la carte to see if there might be a way to make the trip happen. That's when Lisa, who already had used RBC Bank Rewards points for a family trip for four to British Columbia earlier this year, checked out the RBC Rewards site.

"When I saw the amazing Helsinki trip on the website, I thought I was seeing things....How could this be just what we wanted? It turned out we didn't quite have enough points, but we were able to purchase additional points, so our total cost for two, including airfare to Helsinki, four nights in the Radisson Blue Plaza hotel, attending an exclusive Hurricanes practice, lunch with the Hurricanes, a four-hour guided tour of Helsinki, and center-ice lower-level tickets for both games...$175! We are in the process of saving up more points for the next great offering!” said Lisa Guertin of Cary, N.C. “RBC Rewards is the best reward system I have seen yet! It is flexible, if you don't want to use them for travel, you can get gift cards for just about anything. I would recommend RBC Bank to anyone."

The Guertins' enthusiasm is building fast for RBC Bank's Rewards program, which includes Exclusive rewards that offer clients once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The mix of offerings changes frequently and has included such items as behind-the-scenes access to celebrity events or an afternoon skydiving. The RBC Rewards program also includes golf experiences, travel prizes, business and consumer merchandise and cash cards that can be redeemed for rewards points.

RBC Bank's Rewards Exclusives present a huge mix that no other rewards program offers. This year, RBC Bank clients converted points to earn ultra unique experiences and merchandise such as an autographed Carolina Hurricanes hockey stick, a Melissa Etheridge guitar, a private paddle trip for four on the Chattahoochee River, VIP suites for pro and college football games this fall and one-on-one golf games with PGA players.

About RBC Bank

RBC Bank, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., offers a wide range of financial services and advice to individuals, businesses and public institutions throughout the Southeast. RBC Bank’s network includes more than 420 full-service banking centers in six states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia), an extensive ATM network and telephone and online banking. RBC Bank is the 40th largest U.S. bank by consolidated assets, according to SNL Financial’s List of the Nation’s 50 Largest Banks, September 2010. RBC Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) (RY on the TSX and NYSE), Canada's largest and most stable bank as measured by assets and market capitalization. In August 2009, Global Finance Magazine ranked RBC as the safest bank in the Western Hemisphere. RBC is also one of the world's financial, social and environmental corporate leaders, having appeared on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index every year since its creation in 1999. Additional information about RBC Bank may be found at