The Year 2000: The Challenge for a Large Organisation

The Royal Bank of Canada is the largest bank in Canada and the sixth largest in North America with 48,000 employees in 1,500 branches in 32 countries around the world. The Systems and technology department in Toronto is responsible for more than 600 systems applications that run in three major computer centres. How does such an organisation approach the Year 2000 challenge? We will cover:

  • Impact Assessment: Size and Scope
  • The Importance of Communication
  • Use of Automated Tools and population of the Royal Bank Repository
  • Implementation Planning
  • Tracking issues

In his twenty-five years with Royal Bank, Ron O’Donoughue has managed the development of several large projects in the loans, securities, debt management, leasing, payments and cash management businesses. Prior to being appointed as Manager Project YEAR2000, he was responsible for the development of the Bank’s Ca$htouch service allowing corporate clients access to their funds through interactive voice technology and for re-writing the DOS based Electronic Business Banking cash management products under Windows. In addition to project development, he also has years of experience managing a large group of systems professionals looking after some of the bank’s major on-line production applications running 24 hours a day.

Mr O’Donoughue began his career in Montreal where after two years with IBM, he acted as a consultant with the Bank of Montreal for a three year period. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and a Professional Engineer.


Mar 12 1997


8:30 am - 10:30 am


Howard Johnson's Westbury Plaza, 475 Yonge Street (one block north of College)

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