Michael J Lagopoulos is the recently retired Deputy Chairman of RBC Wealth Management, where he is responsible for the coordination and servicing of leading Ultra High Net Wealth families and institutional clients around the world. He is also responsible for the Corporate Governance of the major RBC Wealth Management subsidiaries around the world as well as the acquisition and alliance activities of RBC Wealth Management internationally.
Mr. Lagopoulos began his financial services career articling with a major international accounting firm, becoming a Chartered Accountant in 1982. He joined Royal Trust in 1986 as Director of Finance, International, and from 1988 to 1991 was responsible for the entire Caribbean business operations, which included businesses in four locations. For the next five years, he was responsible for Royal Trust operations in both Jersey and the Caribbean region. When Royal Trust was acquired by Royal Bank of Canada in 1993, Mr. Lagopoulos was made a Vice President of the bank. In April of 1996 he assumed the post of Senior Vice President, Global Private Banking, based in Toronto and was promoted to Executive Vice President of Royal Bank of Canada in 2005. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Lagopoulos lived in London, England as CEO and Head of RBC International Wealth Management. He has been Deputy Chairman since January 2011 until his retirement at the end of 2012.
Mr. Lagopoulos graduated from the University of Toronto in 1979 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and became a Chartered Accountant in 1982. He has attended advanced programs in business at McGill University and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. He has been twice recognized with Life Time Achievement Awards for his work internationally in banking and wealth management and also served as the President of the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce for four years from 2008 to 2012.