Business & Economics Podcasts

Disruptors, an RBC podcast, is an ongoing podcast series hosted by SVP John Stackhouse about reimagining Canada’s economy in a time of unprecedented change. It features thought-provoking conversations with Canadian business and innovation leaders about planting the seeds of a new economy.

Disruptors, an RBC podcast, is an ongoing podcast series hosted by SVP John Stackhouse about reimagining Canada’s economy in a time of unprecedented change. It features thought-provoking conversations with Canadian business and innovation leaders about planting the seeds of a new economy.




Disruptors, an RBC podcast, is an ongoing podcast series hosted by SVP John Stackhouse about reimagining Canada’s economy in a time of unprecedented change. It features thought-provoking conversations with Canadian business and innovation leaders about planting the seeds of a new economy.




Disruptors Revisited: Youth Mental Health in the Age of Covid

To learn more about the organizations mentioned in this episode, and the important work they’re doing, you can visit their websites: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Homewood Research Institute, Frayme: Youth Mental Health Resources. You can also check out these three articles from RBC’s nine-part Resilience 101 series that profile youth mental health leaders and organizations from across the country: How Going Virtual Helps You Access...


Disruptors Revisited: Three Companies Redefining Resilience in 2021

For more on how the Stratford Festival has embraced a hybrid future—including limited live performances through September, and digital offerings via StratFest@Home—visit their website. To check out Halifax’s Cyclesmith and their online shop, as well as details on its “click and collect” service, click here. And to read Benevity’s The State of Corporate Purpose Report—and how companies are evolving in their approach to charitable giving—follow this link.


Disruptors Revisited: How 5G Will Transform the Canadian Economy

In this episode, two reports from RBC’s Thought Leadership group are mentioned. Click the links to read Farmer 4.0: How the Coming Skills Revolution Can Transform Agriculture, and Paging Dr. Data: How the Coming Skills Revolution Can Transform Healthcare. For details on the City of Hamilton’s digital transformation, visit their website. To learn more about IBI Group’s work in building the cities of tomorrow, click here. For the latest on Bell Mobility’s rollout of 5G services, go to...


Land of Unicorns - Canada’s New Bounty of Billion-Dollar Tech Companies

To learn about Clearco and its financing model for entrepreneurs, follow this link. If you want to understand more about the record VC year for Canadian tech startups—and how that looks in the global context—check out CB Insights’ State of Venture Q2’21 Report via this link (registration required). In this episode, John also mentions a new report from the RBC Economics and Thought Leadership Team called The Coming Creativity Boom: How human ingenuity will power the 2020s. To read it, go...


Leaders of Tomorrow: How Indigenous Youth Can Seize the Digital Day

To learn more about the Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology, click here. And to find out more about EntrepreNorth, follow this link. (The work of EntrepreNorth is supported, in part, by the RBC Foundation.) In his segment, Jarret referenced a photo series he was a part of titled “Concrete Indians”; to see the photos, check out his website. Benjamin, in his segment, mentioned a new podcast that EntrepreNorth has launched called Venture Out. You can listen to it here or wherever...


Rethinking Biotech: How big, long-term bets are paying off

To learn more about AbCellera and its antibody discovery platform, follow this link. Canada’s biotech sector was in the spotlight during Covid. To learn more about how it responded—and how the national industry association BIOTECanada views the future of its ecosystem—check out the October 2020 report, Canadian Biotechnology: Solving for today. Building for tomorrow. In his intro, John talks about some of Canada’s supply-chain challenges coming out of the pandemic. For more on the topic...


Good Medicine: Is the future of healthcare digital?

To learn more about the companies mentioned in the show and the services they offer, follow the links for Maple, Well Health, and Dialogue. Last December, the CD Howe Institute published a report on how technology is transforming healthcare called Canada’s Virtual Care Revolution: A Framework for Success. You can read it here.


New Frontiers: How Canadian Tech is Shaking Up Space

To learn about NASA’s Lunar Gateway project — an outpost that supports a return to the lunar surface as well as deep-space exploration — click here. To see how MDA’s AI-powered Canadarm3 will work on the lunar outpost, watch this video. Curious about what satellites the size of a grilled cheese sandwich can actually do? Follow this link to learn more about Swarm’s tiny two-way communications technology. Sara also mentioned NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative — which provides access to space...


The Creativity Economy Part 2: From the Classroom to the Boardroom

To learn more about the companies and institutions who participated in this podcast, visit their websites: I-Think, Sheridan College, Shopify, Lululemon, and Ubisoft Montreal. Richard Florida can be contacted through the strategy firm he founded, the Creative Class Group, and you can also follow him on Twitter; @Richard_Florida. Click the following link to listen to the first episode in this series; The Creativity Economy Part 1: A (New) Power Skill for the 2020s. John also referenced a...


BONUS: Why Blockchain Holds the Key to a Greener Planet

RBC Tech for Nature is RBC’s multi-year commitment to preserving our natural ecosystem and works with partners to leverage technology and innovation capabilities to solve pressing environmental challenges. Learn more here. To read RBC’s Climate Blueprint, click here. For details on Blockchain for Climate—and how Joseph and his team are using the BITMO platform to issue and exchange climate credits—click here. For more on EcoTrust Canada, which partners with Blockchain for Climate to...


The Creativity Economy Part 1: A (New) Power Skill for the 2020s

Click the following links to learn more about Cirque du Soleil and its creative process. You can find details on the programs and streams offered by The Creative Destruction Lab HERE, or visit the Rotman School’s page on the University of Toronto’s website. Acumen Law’s homepage is vancouvercriminallaw.com, and you can also follow Kyla Lee on Twitter @IRPLawyer. Learn more about the programs offered by OCAD University on the school’s website. Arrange a tour, or find details about the...


Charging Ahead: Canada’s Role in The E-V Revolution

For details on Propulsion Quebec, its mission, and its business areas, visit propulsionquebec.com. You can learn more about GBatteries and its unique, ultra-fast charging technology at gbatteries.com. Click the following links to read up on GM’s commitment to electrification, its Brightdrop announcement, and its new test track in Oshawa. RBC’s new thought leadership report, “Trading Places: Canada’s Place in a Changing Global Economy”, can be found HERE. John also mentioned a previous...


The Last-Mile Ecosystem: One-on-One with the CEO of DoorDash

To learn more about DoorDash, its philosophy, and its origin story, you can visit the company’s website. For details on its revenue during the pandemic, read this recent Bloomberg article. John mentioned two previous pieces of RBC research during the podcast, including; “Small Business, Big Pivot” and “Humans wanted: How Canadian Youth Can Thrive in the Age of Disruption”. RBC has also released an updated version of its report on how the pandemic has disrupted the economy, called “And Now...


Diversity In/Action: Improving Inclusivity in the Tech Sector

It’s something that has the power to enable both empathy and exclusion; to provide us with new perspectives while simultaneously silencing other voices that deserve to be heard: technology. And while the tech platforms we interact with every day demonstrated their value in the lead-up to and during last year’s BLM protests, the companies and culture that created them have long-standing issues with diversity and inclusion. In this Black History Month episode of Disruptors, an RBC podcast,...


The Business of Benevolence: How Technology is Changing Charitable Giving in Canada

It’s something that’s always been a part of the Canadian identity, but has taken on a new urgency over the past twelve months: our tendency to support charities, non-profits, and community organizations. In 2018, Canada’s charitable sector was the second largest on the planet, and we also had one of the highest rates of volunteerism in the world, trailing only the United States, New Zealand, and Norway. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic. On this episode of Disruptors, an RBC Podcast, host...


2021, Year of the Gamer: How Video Game Culture is Conquering Canada and the World

Did anyone in your household wake up to find a new video game, virtual reality headset, or console under the tree over the holidays? Do your kids spend hours on end online, watching their favourite gamers on Twitch, Tik-Tok, or YouTube? Is your business struggling to connect with young people, those elusive members of Gen-Z who don’t watch TV, listen to radio, or read newspapers? If your answer to any of those questions is ‘yes’, this podcast is definitely for you. On this episode of...


Pandemics, Pivots, and Predictions: Looking Back on 2020 and Ahead to 2021

Extraordinary. Unprecedented. Devastating. There’s no shortage of words that have been used to describe everything Canadians have endured over the past 12 months. COVID-19 has fundamentally disrupted our daily lives to such a degree that -- even though a vaccine is now being rolled out -- the ripple effects will be felt for years to come. But what will this “new normal” look like for businesses? Which changes will stick around, and which ones will disappear along with the pandemic? And how...


Impersonal Information: Data and Privacy Protection in 2020 and Beyond

What do digital privacy and COVID-19 have in common with climate change, Kompromat, counter-espionage hackers, and the new Netflix movie “The Social Dilemma”? They’re just a few of the many topics that come up in a timely and compelling conversation with Canada’s so-called “Hacker King”, on the latest episode of Disruptors, an RBC podcast. On the heels of new federal privacy legislation, host John Stackhouse sits down with Ron Deibert, founder of the Citizen Lab at the University of...


The Intangibles Economy: How to Make Canada an IP Powerhouse

It’s a term that’s been front and centre this fall, as the federal government considers ways to shepherd Canada out of the economic downturn caused by COVID: intellectual property. But what exactly is IP -- and how could it be central to the recovery? On this episode of Disruptors, an RBC podcast, host John Stackhouse sits down for a no-holds-barred conversation with one of Canada’s most outspoken tech and innovation advocates: Jim Balsillie, a businessman, philanthropist, former co-CEO of...


From Connected Cows to Smart Cities: Enabling the 5G Economy

There’s been no shortage of hype. Now, after years of headlines heralding it as a transformative technology, an evolution in wireless service, even a “game changer for humanity,” 5G is finally being rolled out across Canada by the big three telecom providers. But are we ready to make the most of it? And what does 5G’s arrival really mean for consumers and businesses? The possibilities are legitimately exciting. On this episode of Disruptors, an RBC podcast, host John Stackhouse examines the...