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About us

HCB

is committed to make banking more rewarding
for you in Canada. ​

Habib Canadian Bank (HCB), a wholly owned subsidiary of Habib Bank AG Zurich, began its operations from Mississauga on March 22, 2001. HCB is a member of the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Habib Canadian Bank places a high emphasis on personal service. The Bank provides a comprehensive range of commercial and personal banking services and products designed to cover the needs of all its customers from small saver to the larger international corporations.

OUR VISION

To be the most respected financial institution based on
trust, service and commitment.

THE BANK

Habib Bank AG Zurich (HBZ) was established in Switzerland in 1967 on a solid foundation of banking tradition that spans several generations. Traditional banking values set in the context of international banking has determined HBZ’s corporate philosophy – “Service with Security” – for over 50 years in operation.

Providing corporate, personal, private, and correspondent banking products, we offer highly personalized service through our international network of branches, subsidiaries and affiliates. All group banking functions are managed out of the Head Office located in Zurich, Switzerland at 59 Weinbergstrasse.

The group Private Banking division is based nearby at 53a Weinbergstrasse. HBZ, a technology pioneer and leader in the banking sector offers a wide range of financial products and services complemented by innovative delivery channels.

OUR MOTTO - SERVICE WITH SECURITY

HBZ is the heir to a rich tradition of commerce and banking dating back to 1841. The international banking and financial community respects HBZ for its conservative approach and its emphasis on high liquidity. The excellent reputation that the bank enjoys today is mainly due to its long tradition, international experience and a team of dedicated professionals who offer personal, friendly and efficient service.

As a Swiss incorporated bank, we offer a high level of confidentiality and strict adherence to the rules and regulations of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) and several other international banking regulators.

Today, with over 90 years of banking tradition, HBZ is positioned as a leading international bank, providing business and personal financial services, with a focus on owner-operated enterprises across the globe.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MUHAMMAD H. HABIB
Chairman & President
Habib Canadian Bank
RAJAT GARG
Director
Habib Canadian Bank
JANG ENGINEER
Director
Habib Canadian Bank
IQBAL M. KADWANI
Director
Habib Canadian Bank
KOKER CHRISTENSEN
Director
Habib Canadian Bank
ROBERT MATHIA
Director
Habib Canadian Bank
MUSLIM HASSAN
President & CEO
Habib Canadian Bank
ROBERT BUDD
Secretary to the Board
Habib Canadian Bank

SENIOR MANAGEMENT

MUSLIM HASSAN
President & CEO
Habib Canadian Bank
ADIL MAVALVALA
Chief Operational Officer
Habib Canadian Bank
ROBERT BUDD
Chief Financial Officer
Habib Canadian Bank
ARTHUR GARIPOV
Chief Risk Officer
Habib Canadian Bank
ALYKHAN JADAVJI
VP Business Development
Habib Canadian Bank
SUHAIL ZUBAID
Chief Compliance Officer
Habib Canadian Bank
ISABELLE FERNANDES
HR Manager Canada
Habib Canadian Bank

HBZ Timeline

1891
Habib Esmail, Founder

At the age of 13, Habib began his working life by joining his uncle's firm ; Khoja Mithabani Nathoo, a leading trader and manufacturer of metals. He became a Partner at the age of 18 and President of the Copper and Brass Merchant's Association.

1904
Mohamedali Habib, the Builder, the Philanthropist

Born on 15 May 1904 in Bombay, the third son of Habib Ismail was endowed with exceptional qualities of leadership and tremendous vision and foresight. He was destined to play the most important role in establishing the “House Of Habib” and founded “Habib Bank Ltd” in August 1941.

1912-1921
Habib Esmail, Founder

Habib looked to Europe, where he opened offices in Genoa and Vienna, and initiated business relationships with Japan and China importing yarn, glassware and cutlery.
Habib & Sons Ltd was founded in 1921, after Habib Esmail’s sons joined him. The firm expanded rapidly with trading and merchant banking at its core.

1941-
1947
Habib Bank Limited

Habib Bank Limited (HBL) was founded in Bombay, India in 1941 as a public limited company, with a paid up capital of Rs. 2.5 Million. The bank continued to expand its network with a focus on the subcontinent’s major cities. The bank grew to become the flagship of the family.
HBL moved its headquarters to Karachi. With a network of branches throughout the subcontinent, the bank went on to play a pivotal role in providing Pakistan’s basic banking and financial needs.

1967
Habib Bank AG Zurich

Habib Bank AG Zurich (HBZ) was founded in Zurich, Switzerland on 25 August 1967. Founded by Mohamed Ali Habib’s son, Hyder Habib.

Its first office was located at no. 1 Tödistrasse, Zurich.

1974
Habib Bank Limited

1st January 1974 saw the nationalisation of Pakistan’s banking industry.

Under the leadership of Mr. H.M. Habib & Mr. H.D. Habib, HBZ opens international branches in UAE, UK and Oman.

1978
HBZ

HBZ expands its international network to Kenya and opened more branches in UAE and UK.

1979
HBZ

HBZ Finance Limited is incorporated in Hong Kong, a Deposit Taking Company (DTC) .

1982
HBZ

After 8 years at Mühlebachstrasse, HBZ moves its head office to 21 Bergstrasse, Zurich.

1989
HBZ

On July 1, 1989 HBZ opens a branch in Pakistan.

1993
HBZ

After 8 years at Mühlebachstrasse, HBZ moveThe worlds’ first intergated Java™ banking solution hPLUS is launched. This solution revolutionises HBZ‘s technology & operational systems.

Under the leadership of Reza Habib, HBZ’s IT department starts developing its own banking solution.s its head office to 21 Bergstrasse, Zurich.

1994
HBZ

In 1994, HBZ moves to it’s present headquarters located at 59 Weinbergstrasse, Zurich.

1995
HBZ

HBZ Bank Limited, South Africa is incorporated in 1995, as a wholly owned subsidiary of HBZ.

2000
HBZ

HBZ launches its online and mobile banking platform offering a range of services, one of the first in the region to do so.
HBZ joins the ranks among the top1000 world banks at 862. The bank is ranked at 342 in Soundness and 384 in terms of performance. HBZ is also ranked 28th in The Banker’s country ranking for Switzerland.

2001
Habib Canadian Bank

Habib Canadian Bank (HCB) is established as a wholly owned subsidiary of HBZ.
HBZ becomes the first bank in the Middle East to offer WAP-based banking services.

2004
HBZ

HBZ began Islamic Banking business on 16 February 2004. Today, there are twenty-five dedicated Islamic Banking branches operating under brand ‘Sirat’.

2005
HBZ

The Bank wins a prestigious ComputerWorld Award The awards recognize HBZ’s advanced banking systems and processes.
HBZ launches HBZ trade, region’s first online securities trading platform for US capital markets, through its online banking service.

2006
Habib Metropolitan Bank

HBZ’s operation in Pakistan and Metropolitan Bank merge to form Habib Metropolitan Bank (HMB). HMB is a public listed company on the Karachi Stock Exchange. Today, HMB has over 300 branches and is ranked among the top 10 banks in Pakistan.

2009
HBZ

HBZ Services FZE LLC, a subsidiary of HBZ, was established in 2009. It is responsible for providing transaction banking services to the bank.

2013
HBZ

HBZ UAE Zonal offce and SZR branch are moved to a new location at Umm Al Sheif, Shaikh Zayed Road, Dubai, U.A.E

2014
Sirat

“Sirat”, the Group’s Islamic banking brand was launched on 14th of July 2014, which is an innate reflection of the Group's core values and vision.

2015
HBZ

HBZ Finance Ltd has been transformed into Habib Bank Zurich (Hong Kong) Limited.

2017
Habib Canadian Bank

HBZ UAE extended it’s banking experience by introducing Islamic Banking - “Sirat” on March 6, 2017.
HBZ launched it’s mobile banking application for its customers.

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