The Nova Scotia Nine: Remarkable Canadian women depicted in paintings from the RBC art collection

March 31, 2021 | Stewart Robinson


It was a pleasure to host RBC Wealth Management’s event ‘The Nova Scotia Nine: Remarkable Canadian women depicted in paintings from the RBC art collection’ on March 10th in honour of Women’s History Month.

During this event, Jo Napier, the artist behind the Nova Scotia Nine portraits engaged in a virtual conversation with RBC’s Senior Art Curator, Corrie Jackson about the large-scale, contemporary paintings of Canadian women who lived extraordinary lives.

Given that a number of my colleagues and their clients have not had the opportunity to meet in our Halifax office this past year and admire Jo’s paintings in our main boardroom, this event was especially timely and inspiring. The impact of these works is almost palpable in our office culture. Investment Advisors actually vie to book the room where the portraits hang for their client meetings. The presence of these amazing women in the room can change the tone of conversation. There is a richness of exchange that happens as guests invariably ask about the portraits and the women in them. There is an awe and respect for what the nine different women accomplished and the circumstances under which they lived.

I completely agree with Corrie Jackson’s sentiment below, as she shared her thoughts on the value of acknowledging the beauty of these pieces but more importantly, the stories behind them.

“I really encourage anyone listening to take some time, go to Jo’s [Napier] website and look at each of the works, because I know for me, spending time with each of the pieces, gave me a different sense of personalities and the core of who they were,” she says. “During this month, all we can do is make sure we are recognizing and celebrating those stories”.  – Corrie Jackson, Senior Art Curator, RBC

If you missed the event or would like to replay the recording, click here.