118 episodes

Disruptors, an RBC podcast, is an ongoing podcast series co-hosted by SVP John Stackhouse and Trinh Theresa Do 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.

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    • 4.9 • 377 Ratings

Disruptors, an RBC podcast, is an ongoing podcast series co-hosted by SVP John Stackhouse and Trinh Theresa Do 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.

    A Capital Idea: How Indigenous Economics Can Power our Climate Agenda

    A Capital Idea: How Indigenous Economics Can Power our Climate Agenda

    In this episode of Disruptors, an RBC podcast, host Trinh Theresa Do discusses the vital importance of Canada’s Indigenous communities as we work to find an economically and environmentally sustainable path to Net Zero. Her main guest is Sharleen Gale, chief councilor of the Fort Nelson First Nations and chair of the First Nations Major Projects Coalition. Chief Gale is working to bring disparate voices together, from across the country, to build a new model for economic development.

    We also hear from RBC assistant chief economist Cynthia Leach, lead author of a new RBC report on Indigenous capital; Dawn Madahbee Leach, chair of the National Indigenous Economic Development Board and one of the leaders behind Canada’s new National Indigenous Economic Strategy, and Mark Podlasly, director of economic policy at the First Nations Major Project Coalition.

    • 31 min
    The 10-Minute Take: The Pressure Is On for Canadian Farm Crops and Commodities

    The 10-Minute Take: The Pressure Is On for Canadian Farm Crops and Commodities

    In this edition of Disruptors: The 10-Minute Take, co-hosts John Stackhouse and Trinh Theresa Do explore how uncertain weather conditions and economic challenges are affecting the 2022 growing season, and what solutions are available to support Canadian farmers. How can agriculture technology, or agtech help increase yields? They’re joined by Wade Barnes, founder and former CEO of Farmers Edge (and a farmer himself), to offer some insights.

    • 10 min
    The 10-Minute Take: Can Canada’s Travel Industry Keep Up With the Post-Pandemic Boom?

    The 10-Minute Take: Can Canada’s Travel Industry Keep Up With the Post-Pandemic Boom?

    In this edition of Disruptors: The 10-Minute Take, co-hosts John Stackhouse and Trinh Theresa Do explore the travel industry’s powerful post-crisis rebound. Can the industry keep up with pent-up demand given current labour shortages and record inflation? They’re joined by Claire Fan, Economist at RBC Economics, who breaks down what Canadians’ spending habits reveal.

    • 10 min
    Reinventing Innovation: How Canada Can Prosper in Turbulent Times

    Reinventing Innovation: How Canada Can Prosper in Turbulent Times

    In this episode of Disruptors, an RBC podcast, co-hosts John Stackhouse and Trinh Theresa Do tackle innovation—and explore how Canada can play a leading role in the innovation economy. Their guests include innovation guru Dan Breznitz, Munk Chair of Innovation Studies at the University of Toronto and author of the 2021 book, Innovation in Real Places: Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World; and Karen Nutarak and Tessa Lochhead, co-founders of Pirurvik—a groundbreaking preschool in the remote arctic community of Pond Inlet, Nunavut.

    • 32 min
    The 10-Minute Take: A New Reality for Canada’s Hot Housing Market

    The 10-Minute Take: A New Reality for Canada’s Hot Housing Market

    In this edition of Disruptors: The 10-Minute Take, co-host Trinh Theresa Do explores why Canada’s housing market has suddenly cooled after a heated two-year pandemic-driven rise. She’s joined by Robert Hogue, Assistant Chief Economist at RBC Economics, who shares insights and predictions on what's to come, for both buyers and sellers.

    • 10 min
    Rock On: Blockchain’s Promise to Empower Musicians

    Rock On: Blockchain’s Promise to Empower Musicians

    In this episode of Disruptors, an RBC podcast, co-hosts John Stackhouse and Trinh Theresa Do explore the latest technological disruption to shake the music business—blockchain—and ask: Are we ready to pay once again for music—and fully support creators? Their guest is Raine Maida, lead singer of the Juno-award winning band Our Lady Peace and Chief Product Officer for online music marketplace S!NG.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
377 Ratings

377 Ratings

Annie kooni ,

Proud Canadian

I have been living outside of Canada for 15 years but since I discovered Disruptors, I feel a new intellectual connection to my country so thank you!

One reaction to episode 14 on the possibility of a cashless economy in Canada and its impact on financial inclusion. Given that innovative technology enables financial transactions to take place via mobile phones (while ensuring KYC) without bank accounts, a cashless economy would actually empower millions of underprivileged MSMEs to generate revenues and pay suppliers/staff without the cost of physical movements. This could accelerate the transition from the informal to the formal economy, especially for immigrants. In the Caribbean where I live, this would provide access to the 30million visitors who visit the region every year but don’t like to carry cash around. Banks are just too slow and chicken to embrace the new market.

One suggestion for future content: the digitalization of the economy, and the services economy in particular, requires proactive leadership that is not only concerned about compliance to regulations but also their social responsibility. When the car industry became mainstreamed, thousands of people had to die before regulations imposed seatbelt, airbag,etc. The private sector can shape the digital economy before regulators react by imposing background checks on participants, cybersecurity, and capacity building of partnering entities. Such exemplary leadership will build comparative advantage that will also sustain our values as Canadian over the next century.

Continue the great work!
Annie Bertrand

rwhorman ,

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!

Leslovestoski ,

Excellent podcast

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.

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