Meet Dana

What She Does

Indigenous Peoples Development Program
Dana joined Tech @ RBC through RBC’s Indigenous Peoples Development Program (IPDP) - a 2-year rotational experience where Associates develop skills and gain exposure across the functional lines of business while having the opportunity to make a community impact. Within the program, Dana has worked as a scrum master, and now is building an Innovation Hub on her charity secondment.
Finding a Community of Support
"When I joined, I knew I was going to seek out the Royal Eagles, REACH and Women in Tech employee resource groups. Now, I have a community of many to lift me up, or cheer me on for accomplishments. The Royal Eagles ERG has helped me learn more about my culture. I speak to elders now, participate in listening circles, and feel connected to my Indigenous spirit."

​​​​​​​As someone with an emotional support animal, Dana was also anxious to start a new job with her accommodation needs. The Women in Tech mentorship circles, workshops, and networking nights; and the REACH community have been especially meaningful in building comfort and belonging as an RBC-er. ​​​​​​​
"Life is simply about playing and having a safe space to tap into your inner child. That's when we're most innovative. At RBC I practice this daily as I am surrounded by creative outlets, advocacy opportunities and helping others. This fuels my passion and purpose so that I am motivated to grow."
Dana Marlatt
Indigenous Peoples Development Program Associate
Holding Doors Open for Others
"I am a woman in tech, I’m Indigenous. I also live with an invisible disability, and am LGBTQ+. You wouldn’t know by looking at me, but I identify as all of those things, all at once. It's called our Two-Eyed Perspectives from an Indigenous lens, though you may know it as intersectionality. I don’t want to choose between identities or feel that any one of them may limit me."
"By connecting with others experiencing similar challenges, I was able to find my voice and overcome feelings of imposter syndrome and isolation. Now, I make sure to share these stories and lessons to encourage and empower others."
Cool Projects
As a scrum master, Dana’s proud to have built a dashboard to give visibility into project health and metrics.  
Outside of her official role Dana is a storyteller. She creates artwork and poetry for diversity and inclusion initiatives at RBC. She also facilitates #IamRemarkable workshops to encourage confidence building and speaking to one's accomplishments proudly.