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FutureMakers Talks: APIs – The World’s Tech Connector

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RBC WaterPark Place Auditorium

88 Queens Quay West

Toronto, ON M5J 0B8


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APIs have existed since the 60s but their true power has only been recognized and utilized in the last decade. Organizations of all sizes have adopted APIs as they can simplify, accelerate and strengthen the development of software. However, while everyone has embraced the usage of APIs, have we truly been able to reap their benefits? How can we use our APIs better? How can we scale the growth of APIs? What does the future of APIs look like?

Join FutureMakers as we explore the world of APIs on Wednesday, February 27th.


5:30pm: Innovation Lab Tour (based on ticket purchase)
6:00pm: Doors Open
6:30pm: Talks Begin
8:15pm: Open Networking

The evening will feature talks from Various Tech experts:

  • Anant Jhingran: CTO - Apigee, Google

  • Bob Blainey: VP, P&CB Architecture and Platform Engineering - RBC

  • Rebecca Putinski: Staff Software Developer - Pivotal

  • Dr. Fatima Hussain: Security Analyst - RBC

Limited Supply: Get an exclusive tour of one of RBC's Toronto Innovation Labs!

Located in the office tower at WaterPark Place, see first-hand RBC's Innovation Lab and hear about their initiatives.

Select the "Ticket + RBC Innovation Tour" ticket to secure your spot.

Speaker's Biography

Anant Jhingran: CTO - Apigee, Google

Anant Jhingran (PhD Berkeley) leads Products for API Management @ Google. In his role, he looks after technologies to build API driven ecosystems and platforms. Prior to this role, he was the CTO at Apigee, where he helped build out the leading API Management platform used by hundreds of enterprise customers. Apigee got acquired by Google in November 2016.

He joined Apigee from IBM where he was an IBM Fellow, VP and CTO for IBM's Information Management Division, responsible for the technology in databases, information integration, big data, content management and analytics. In his earlier roles at IBM, he was the head of Computer Science at IBM's Almaden Research Center, and helped build out several of IBM's data technologies, including its data warehousing capabilities.

He has received several awards including IBM Fellow, IIT Delhi Distinguished Alumnus Award, President's Gold Medal for highest GPA at IIT Delhi, IBM Academy of Technology, and has authored over a dozen patents and over 20 technical papers, including frequent keynotes in industry and academic conferences.

He also serves on the board of Persistent Systems.

twitter: @jhingran

Bob Blainey: VP, P&CB Architecture and Platform Engineering - RBC

Bob Blainey is responsible for the end-to-end architecture for Personal and Commercial Banking (P&CB) at RBC. In addition, Bob leads the strategy, architecture and engineering of the enterprise API platform, driving optimization of service reuse within RBC, the streamlining of partner and customer integration through APIs and the management of the external developer ecosystem. Bob is passionate about building great engineering teams and leveraging the very best technology to deliver unique and engaging customer experiences.

Before joining RBC, Bob worked at IBM where he held progressive leadership roles in Engineering and Architecture. In 2011, Bob was appointed an IBM Fellow, which is IBM’s most prestigious technical honour.
Bob holds a Computer Science degree from University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University, focused on the creation of open source software ecosystems and related business strategy.

Outside of spending time with his family, Bob is a fan of and at times borderline obsessive about baseball and is passionate about STEM and particularly computer science education for K-12, regularly volunteering in after-school programs.

Rebecca Putinski: Staff Software Developer - Pivotal

Rebecca currently works with Pivotal CloudFoundry, actively contributing to Bosh and other open source projects. She has also worked for over five years on a variety of mobile apps for popular brands with Pivotal Labs, using a variety of custom-built and well-known APIs.

Dr. Fatima Hussain: Security Analyst - RBC

Dr. Hussain is working as Security Analyst in security service squad. She is leading the development and promotion of a new API and API platform learning curriculum, along with assisting API security duties.

Dr. Hussain’s background includes a number of distinguished professorships at Ryerson University and the University of Guelph, where she has been awarded for her research, teaching and course development accomplishments within Wireless Telecommunications, Internet of Things Networks, and Machine Learning. She has long list of research publications in top tire conferences and journals. She is an associate editor for various IEEE Newsletters (IEEE Ethics and Policy, IEEE Future Initiative, IEEE WIE (Toronto section)).

Dr. Hussain holds a Doctorate, a Master of Engineering, a Master of Science, and a Bachelor of Science degree, all in Electrical & Computer Engineering, along with professional engineer (P.Eng) license (in progress).

FutureMakers Talks

The FutureMakers Talks series is an on-going meetup and learn tech community event presented by RBC. The talks are designed to bring tech enthusiasts, practitioners and experts in the tech community under one roof to share knowledge and discuss major tech advances. The series will feature stimulating discussions on machine learning, digital payments, digital design, cybersecurity and more.

*** If cost is prohibiting you from attending our event, please contact us at futuremakers@rbc.com and we will ensure you have access to attend. ***

  • Bob Blainey

    Bob Blainey

    RBC VP, P&CB Architecture and Platform Engineering
  • Dr. Fatima Hussain

    Dr. Fatima Hussain

    RBC Security Analyst
  • Anant Jhingran

    Anant Jhingran

    Apigee, Google CTO
  • Rebecca Putinski

    Rebecca Putinski

    Pivotal Staff Software Developer

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