75 episodes

Free Lunch by The Peak breaks down what’s happening in the economy and markets, and why it matters to Canadians. Join us every week for deep-dive interviews that go beyond the headlines with the country’s most interesting minds in economics, business, tech, and finance.

Free Lunch by The Peak The Peak

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    • 4.8 • 73 Ratings

Free Lunch by The Peak breaks down what’s happening in the economy and markets, and why it matters to Canadians. Join us every week for deep-dive interviews that go beyond the headlines with the country’s most interesting minds in economics, business, tech, and finance.

    How Canadian Banks Are Using AI Today

    How Canadian Banks Are Using AI Today

    Banks have been using machine learning and data science for a long time. But Eric Morrow, BMO's Managing Director of the bank's Enterprise Data Science & AI group, believes new advances in AI tech are expanding the range of what can be done. On this episode, he explains how Canadian banks are using AI, what the limitations are, and how AI gets adopted at large companies with a low tolerance for risk.
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    • 45 min
    Why This Investor Thinks The Loonie Could Fall To 50 Cents

    Why This Investor Thinks The Loonie Could Fall To 50 Cents

    Jean-François Tardif, president of Timelo Investment Management, sees the Canadian and American economies diverging and thinks it could lead to the loonie falling to 50 cents against the U.S. dollar. In this episode, he explains why he believes that's a likely outcome, why Canada's currency is becoming detached from commodity prices, and how these changes are shaping his investment decisions.
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    • 35 min
    Tyler Meredith Explains How Budgets Get Made

    Tyler Meredith Explains How Budgets Get Made

    Tyler Meredith has been one of the driving forces behind no fewer than six federal budgets and served as the top economic advisor to Prime Minister Trudeau and two finance ministers, so he knows a thing or two about how budgets are made. Today he joins us to explain how exactly the federal government's budget (like the one released last week) is put together, where the ideas come from, who decides what makes it in, how plans turn into policy, and how the money actually gets distributed.
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    • 42 min
    Why Statistics Canada Doesn't Know How Rich People Are

    Why Statistics Canada Doesn't Know How Rich People Are

    Our official statistics dramatically underestimate how rich the richest Canadians are. That's the finding of a new report by Dan Skilleter at Social Capital Partners, a think tank that studies Canada's economy. In fact, when it comes to wealth inequality, Canada isn't much more equal than the United States. Dan joins us today to detail what he found in his new report and explain why Statistics Canada doesn't give us an accurate picture of wealth in our country.
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    • 29 min
    Best Of: Why Public Transit In Canada (Mostly) Sucks

    Best Of: Why Public Transit In Canada (Mostly) Sucks

    If you want to make yourself mad about the state of transportation in Canada, all you have to do is go to Europe. 
    Anyone who’s made the trip can tell you that in almost every European country, it’s faster, more convenient, and more comfortable to take public transportation than it is here. 
    And the same is true now in many parts of Asia—places that not long ago were much poorer than Canada, with much less well-developed infrastructure. 
    So why is public transportation in Canada so far behind these other parts of the world?
    Why does it seem to take forever to get anything built here (and cost way more)?
    And what would we need to do differently to fix it?
    To answer these questions, we’re joined by Reece Martin, who is a public transport expert, consultant, and creator of the wonderful and fascinating YouTube channel RMTransit, which has 250,000 subscribers and hundreds of videos all about different transportation systems around the world. 
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    • 49 min
    How Batteries Work And The Innovation That Could Make Them Better

    How Batteries Work And The Innovation That Could Make Them Better

    If the world is going to pull off a clean energy transition, we need way more batteries. And we need them to be more efficient, more affordable, and more powerful. That's where Dr. Michael Metzger and the Canadian Battery Innovation Centre at Dalhouse University come in. They're working at the cutting edge of battery technology, and on this episode Dr. Metzger joins us to explain how batteries work, what their limitations are, and some of the innovations scientists are working on to make them better.
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

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Great podcast

This is a great podcast. They provide in-depth analysis of relevant issues with knowledgeable people.

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Good Canadian Business Analysis

It’s a great podcast for long-form Canadian business and economic analysis. Plus some of their guests are really interesting.

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Great!

Really great topics and very informative. :)

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