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RBC Disruptors 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.

RBC Disruptors RBC Thought Leadership, John Stackhouse

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.9 • 341 Ratings

RBC Disruptors 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.

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

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

    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 - which could have wide-ranging impacts for Canada and the world as a whole. They speak confidently, clearly, and urgently about the imperative for better solutions, right now.

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

    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 inspired by the desire for a good app for reading on mobile phones. Now, it’s turned into a content powerhouse, with more than 4 million writers uploading stories in 50 different languages. The most promising are turned into books, T.V. shows, and movies, like The Kissing Booth, After We Collided, and She’s With Me, thanks in part to Wattpad’s custom AI engine.
     
    It’s a global company with global perspectives, but Lau believes it’s also important to represent Canadian perspectives on the world stage. This episode of RBC Disruptorslooks at a whole new viewpoint on Canadian content.

    • 30 min
    Genomics and the Bio-Revolution: A roadmap for Canada's economic recovery.

    Genomics and the Bio-Revolution: A roadmap for Canada's economic recovery.

    John Stackhouse sits down with two of the country's top experts on Genomics; Doctor Rob Annan, the President and CEO of Genome Canada, and Doctor Bettina Hamelin, the President and CEO of Ontario Genomics, to learn more about the opportunities presented by the so-called "bio-revolution". He also delves into the regulatory, economic, and ethical barriers that exist, and the risks of being left behind if Canadian entrepreneurs fail to embrace this potentially transformational change.

    • 36 min
    Concrete: An unlikely hero in the climate crisis

    Concrete: An unlikely hero in the climate crisis

    The climate crisis is accelerating. The pressing work at hand is the reduction of carbon in the atmosphere - and we have about a decade to do it. Climate innovators are focused on carbon utilization, meaning the process of taking carbon out of the atmosphere and turning it into an economic product. In this episode, host John Stackhouse talks with Rob Niven and Jennifer Wagner of CarbonCure, a Halifax-based company that’s building technology to remove carbon from the atmosphere and inject it into concrete, making it both more environmentally friendly and stronger.

    • 31 min
    Disruptors Revisited: The Next Generation of Entrepreneurship

    Disruptors Revisited: The Next Generation of Entrepreneurship

    Following last week’s International Youth Day, Canadian youth might feel like they have few things to celebrate. As one of the hardest-hit groups in the COVID-induced economic decline, they’re faced with a staggering 30% unemployment rate and potential long-term career setbacks. Youth need support more than ever, and the economy needs them. To rebuild, we need to tap into the energy and creativity of young people to reimagine what’s possible. In this episode, we revisit an RBC Disruptors conversation from September, 2019 with Julia Kirouac and Braden Ream, two 20-something founders who decided to start their own ventures. They share how they dove headfirst into their businesses, while also navigating the barriers of being young entrepreneurs.

    • 41 min
    Open Oceans, Open Opportunity: Mapping Canada’s Role in the Blue Economy

    Open Oceans, Open Opportunity: Mapping Canada’s Role in the Blue Economy

    Oceans are good for much more than a pretty view. They account for over $3 trillion in economic activity, provide a food source for millions of people daily, and ensure human survival on the planet by regulating temperatures. Yet, decades of unsustainable practices now threaten to destroy that delicate balance, tearing down economies and risking the survival of humanity. In this episode, entrepreneurs Kate Moran, CEO of Ocean Networks Canada and Julie Angus, founder of Open Ocean Robotics talk with John Stackhouse about the economic opportunity of the world’s oceans - and why Canada is already poised to be a global leader in ocean-tech.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
341 Ratings

341 Ratings

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.

Vince.y ,

Great podcast

John Stackhouse is a well composed host and always does a good job of letting the experts share their knowledge.

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Great podcast

Super informative and interesting podcasts spanning many relevant topics !

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