Rotary Club of Vancouver Member

2014 Recipient of Order of British Columbia


Anne Lippert is a trailblazer among women in business.

Having arrived in Canada as a young woman with only $50, she joined the Royal Bank of Canada and rose through junior and senior management positions to the position of Vice President and Area Manager, responsible for 18 RBC branches. This would be an incredible achievement for anyone, but particularly so for a woman starting out in the early 1960s. She was the first female RBC branch manager in BC and the first female RBC Vice President in Western Canada.

Throughout her career and now in retirement, Anne Lippert has balanced her dedication to business with an unswerving commitment to the community. Her final role with RBC was Vice President Strategic Initiatives British Columbia and Yukon with responsibilities including management of the RBC Foundation Committee.

She has chaired fundraising campaigns for the Salvation Army and BC Women’s Hospital and was Division Chair of the United Way Annual Campaign. Ms. Lippert chairs the Langara College Board of Governors and the Salvation Army Kate Booth House Community Council.

Today, Ms. Lippert spends countless hours leading initiatives for her charities of choice. Her success in banking, consulting, board membership and not-for-profit organizations makes her a most valuable contributor to the causes she supports. She is energetic and makes it clear that she wants the opportunity to contribute her best for the long term – and she does.

The Order of British Columbia was established by statute on April 21, 1989, to recognize those persons who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavour benefiting the people of the Province or elsewhere. The Order represents the highest form of recognition the Province can extend to its citizens.  The Order will be bestowed on the most outstanding British Columbians possessing the above qualifications annually.

The insignia of the Order of British Columbia consists of a stylistic dogwood, the floral emblem of British Columbia. The insignia is part of a medal which also features a crowned shield of arms. It is worn with a green, gold, white and blue ribbon.

Order of B.C. recipients participate in a special ceremony at Government House in Victoria. The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Chancellor of the Order of British Columbia, honours the new members with a medal and a personalized Certificate of Appointment.

Members then have the right to place the letters O.B.C. after their names.