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RBC Disruptors



RBC Disruptors is an ongoing podcast series hosted by John Stackhouse, Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO, RBC, 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 to Build a Strong Tech Workforce in a Post-COVID Economy

Published May 26, 2020

Featuring Sheetal Jaitly, Founder and CEO of TribalScale and Eman Faiz, Senior Product Designer at TribalScale

Canadian companies were deeply challenged to find the right talent when entering the 2020s. Now, with the COVID crisis inciting massive layoffs and causing widespread unemployment, it seems inevitable that this demand – and our way of working – will change. Industry leaders are looking to tech companies to provide a foundation of innovative ideas and digital-first culture on which to build a stronger post-pandemic workforce. In this episode of RBC Disruptors, John Stackhouse speaks with Sheetal Jaitly, Founder and CEO of TribalScale and Eman Faiz, senior product designer at TribalScale. They discuss how tech companies can help disrupt the talent model as we rebuild our economy.

In this episode we discuss:

1. How do we approach talent acquisition in a post-COVID society?

2. What strengths does the Canadian tech sector bring as we reimagine the economy??

3. Beyond hard and soft skills, what should companies look for in prospective candidates to drive success in a changing landscape?


In Innovation, It’s David vs Goliath

Published May 12, 2020

Featuring David Skok, Founder, CEO and Editor-in-chief of The Logic 

Canada’s economy has been put on notice. Leading into the COVID crisis, the biggest powers were throwing around their weight, and the world’s smaller countries were beginning to feel it. In a post-COVID economy, small nations will need the savvy of the shrewdest start-ups, and their start-ups will need to be even more on their game. It’s the only way a small country of relatively small businesses can excel in a big world dominated by big platforms. David Skok has a front row seat for this new competition for scale. As the founder and editor-in-chief of The Logic, he’s running Canada’s digital publication focused on the innovation economy, covering companies and creators who are in a race against time. Just like his media start-up.

In this episode we discuss:

1. Can the media succeed in Canada without subsidies?

2. What do we need to create ten Shopify's?

3. Is Sidewalk Labs’ exit a victory or defeat for Canadian innovators?