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.




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...


Can an Algorithm Be Racist? The Growing Push for Ethical AI

From facial recognition software that fails to recognize women and people of colour, to Twitter algorithms which seem to prefer white faces in photo previews, there’s been no shortage of negative headlines about artificial intelligence over the past few months. But whether we like it or not, AI is at work all around us, all the time, and there’s a growing movement to make sure it’s being used in an ethical way. A new survey from RBC’s world-class artificial intelligence research center,...


Apps, Anxiety, and Adolescence: Youth Mental Health in the Age of Covid

It was already a challenge, even before the pandemic: helping young people and their families navigate Canada’s complex, fragmented mental health system. But experts say COVID could also serve as a catalyst for much-needed change, an opportunity to make meaningful improvements. Just like the rest of us, young people are spending more time than ever in front of screens; up to 7.5 hours per day, in the case of high school students. But those same apps and social media sites that are taking up...


The SheEO Model: How Female Entrepreneurs Can Lead the Recovery

Canadian women entrepreneurs are a dynamic and powerful economic force. After all, women own and operate almost one-third of all firms in Canada, and they start businesses one-and-a-half times more often than men, driving more than 117-billion dollars of economic activity per year. In other words -- if we want full economic recovery, we need to make sure female entrepreneurs are being given the tools they need. In this episode of Disruptors, powered by RBC, John Stackhouse speaks with Vicki...


8 Ways COVID is Still Disrupting the Economy

The past eight months have been an unprecedented time of disruption in Canada. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everything from how we work, learn, and shop to how we travel, entertain ourselves, and obviously, take care of ourselves when we get sick. Businesses have been forced to adapt almost overnight or close. Entire industries have been forced to pivot, and supply chains around the world have been strained or severed completely. It’s against that backdrop that the RBC Thought...


How the NEXT Generation of Entrepreneurs Could Kickstart a Wave of Change

When others see obstacles, entrepreneurs see opportunities. Nowhere is that more true than the up-and-coming generation of business minds, many fostered through NEXT Canada. The organization gives entrepreneurs a boost through education, mentorship, funding, and access to a strong entrepreneurial network. In this episode of RBC Disruptors, host John Stackhouse speaks with three members of NEXT’s Class of 2020, who have bold goals for reshaping economic and social systems and the environment...


Cancon and Beyond - How Wattpad Is Becoming a Global Content Destination and Distributor

COVID lockdown restrictions have boosted the desire to consume creative content higher than ever. What’s new about this era is where the content is coming from -- a diversity of voices from around the globe, not originally directly linked to traditional publishing firms, production companies, or movie studios. We explore this phenomenon in this episode of RBC Disruptors by looking into the origin story of Wattpad. As co-founder and CEO Allen Lau tells host John Stackhouse, the company was...