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Tony Giannopoulos, BEng Scty '12

Electrical Engineering & Society | Building banking tools for tomorrow

Electrical engineering & Society, international studies and varsity swimming may not seem to have much in common, but the three combined sum up Tony Giannopoulos’s undergraduate experience.

“Truthfully, I didn’t know exactly where those choices would lead me, but digital systems, computer programming and economics were the things I was both interested in and naturally good at,” says the 2012 Engineering & Society grad.

The diversity of his McMaster passions is now reflected in Giannopoulos’s career, which demands both technical skills and business acumen.

As senior manager of product development with RBC Home Equity Finance, he manages a portfolio of client-facing digital products, such as tools that allow customers to pre-qualify and see how much mortgage they can afford.

“I also help bring innovation to market through collaboration with RBC Ventures, which are like internal start-ups at RBC,” he says.

“We’re developing a range of ‘beyond banking’ solutions, like improving home search through Ojo Home, a personalized AI-powered concierge that recommends you listings, or rewarding renters with 'Get Digs', a platform that allows renters to pay their rent with their credit card.”

After McMaster, Giannopoulos added an MBA to his resume and then landed a position in RBC’s graduate leadership program to launch his career.

He also sits on the board of directors of Start Proud, a national non-profit organization that facilitates professional development for LGBTQA+ students and young professionals as they transition from school to the workplace.

At McMaster, Giannopoulos was a varsity swimmer competing at the national level. He says that five years in the pool also helped keep him “sane and level-headed during the toughest of academic times.”

He urges students to pursue their interests, keep active, build meaningful friendships and not worry too much about getting to the dream job.

“The future of work will look very different from today, with plenty of future jobs that don’t exist today – and I would argue that engineers are well prepared to do almost anything we set our minds to,” he says.