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.
Charging Ahead: Canada’s Role in The E-V Revolution
Have you ever felt the g-forces of an electric car with its accelerator pressed all the way to the floor? Or maybe even more exhilarating — the realization that you’ll never pay for another tank of gas again? After decades as a cornerstone of Canada’s economy, the automotive industry is in the midst of transformational change as carmakers and consumers around the globe pivot to electric vehicles.
On this episode of Disruptors, an RBC podcast, host John Stackhouse takes a deep dive into the rapidly-evolving world of EVs and the supply chains Canada needs to create to be a player in the growing, global market. For the first part of the conversation, John is joined by Sarah Houde, the CEO of Propulsion Quebec, and Kostyantyn Khomutov, the CEO of Ottawa-based GBatteries, to discuss the current state of play, the opportunities ahead, and what needs to happen to take advantage of them. Then for part two, David Paterson from General Motors Canada slides into the passenger seat to give us a big-picture perspective, and share his company’s vision for a fully electrified future.
From government policies and our country’s abundant supply of raw minerals to range anxiety, charging infrastructure, and battery technology — no topic is off-limits, as our guests lay out a compelling roadmap to help Canada and Canadian companies plot a path forward into a cleaner, greener future.
The Last-Mile Ecosystem: One-on-One with the CEO of DoorDash
Have you ever considered how far we’ve come from the days when milk was the only food product most people could get delivered to their doors? What a difference a few decades can make. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, third-party delivery platforms have been revolutionizing our relationship with local businesses for years, and no sector has faced as much upheaval as the restaurant industry.
On this episode of Disruptors, an RBC podcast, host John Stackhouse sits down for a special one-on-one discussion with the CEO of DoorDash, Tony Xu. From a boy who immigrated to America with his family when he was just five years old, and helped his mother hold down three restaurant jobs, to the head of the biggest food delivery platform in North America, Xu's journey has been an extraordinary one. But it's the rapid evolution of the convenience economy his company helped usher in — the so-called "last mile ecosystem" — that has him more focused on the future than the past these days.
What makes a city tick? What makes a city grow? What drives a city's economic engine? Those are just a few of the unlikely questions John and Tony will tackle over the course of their conversation. They'll also explore why food isn't actually a commodity, why people who live in the suburbs and those who live in cities have more in common than they think. And why data might be the most valuable thing to change hands every time we tap ‘place order’ on our favourite delivery apps.
Diversity In/Action: Improving Inclusivity in the Tech Sector
In this Black History Month episode of Disruptors, an RBC podcast, John Stackhouse is pleased to welcome as co-host Michael Carter, the Global Head of Technology Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets in New York, for a compelling and complex conversation about the fight for equity in the tech sector. They’ll be joined by another voice that’s sure to be familiar to longtime listeners; Dax Dasilva, the CEO of Montreal-based Lightspeed Inc, who will share his perspective as a member of, and crusader for, both the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.
The Business of Benevolence: How Technology is Changing Charitable Giving in Canada
On this episode of Disruptors, an RBC Podcast, host John Stackhouse is joined by Kelly Schmitt, the incoming CEO of Benevity, in her first major interview since being announced as the next head of the Calgary-based company that’s trying to “infuse a culture of goodness into the world”. Together, John and Kelly dig into the challenges charities have been facing — both before and during the pandemic — and how the digital pivots many groups had to pull off almost overnight could signal a fundamental change to the way organizations raise funds in the future.
2021, Year of the Gamer: How Video Game Culture is Conquering Canada and the World
Pandemics, Pivots, and Predictions: Looking Back on 2020 and Ahead to 2021
On this special, year-end episode of Disruptors, an RBC podcast, host John Stackhouse welcomes back a voice that’s sure to be familiar to regular listeners; Theresa Do from RBC’s Thought Leadership Team. Together, they talk to a series of business leaders from across the country who’ve had to pivot their operations in dramatic and unexpected ways over the past year. They also delve into RBC’s world-class research to find out what these changes could signal about what’s coming our way in 2021.
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Fabulous content, guests, host!
Production values are top notch. Also, John is an incredibly polished, engaging, knowledgeable, and charismatic host! The topics are always spot-on for me, and the depth and breadth of coverage of each topic seems ideal. Although I would love more episodes, more frequency, I would not want it at the possible degradation of quality. Highly recommended!
I enjoy John’s style and approach to the topics and guests, I also appreciate how he keeps the content Canadian and Global at the same time.
John Stackhouse is a well composed host and always does a good job of letting the experts share their knowledge.