Down to Business

Down to Business Podcast

What you need to know about Canadian business this week in under 30 minutes. Hosted by the Financial Post's Emily Jackson.

How consumer behaviour has changed during COVID-19 (Economist Anindya Sen)
The last recession gave birth to the gig economy, in which companies like Airbnb and Uber convinced people to monetize their houses and cars. COVID will make changes too, in commerce and beyond. This week, on Down to Business, Anindya Sen, an economist at the University of Waterloo, talks about how consumer behavior has changed during the pandemic and how that in turn could change our economy....


Why the world’s resource king is so interested in Saskatchewan
BHP Group, one of the world’s largest mining corporations, is known for iron ore and copper, petroleum and coal, not potash. But that may be changing. This week on Down to Business, host Gabriel Friedman talks to BHP’s new chief executive Mike Henry about the mega-miner’s interest in mining potash in Saskatchewan and how climate change is changing the commodities game....

Conflicting data show this recession is anything but normal
Despite a record drop in economic activity, 2020 is set to be a bumper year for growth in disposal income — what gives? This week on Down to Business host Gabriel Friedman talks to Conference Board of Canada chief economist Pedro Antunes about the unusual nature of this recession and the speed and quality of the economic recovery so far....

What Chrystia Freeland brings to the table as Canada’s finance minister
Canada’s finance minister Bill Morneau abruptly resigned last week in the middle of one of worst economic crises since the Second World War. His replacement, deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland, has strong experience on Parliament Hill but less on Bay Street. To help break down the news, Down to Business interviewed Rebekah Young, director of fiscal and provincial economics at Scotiabank, who has been keeping a close eye on the state of Canada’s recovery....




New leader takes helm of Bank of Canada in the throes of a global crisis
Financial Post columnist Kevin Carmichael talks to host Emily Jackson about the legacy of outgoing Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz, the decision to replace him with Tiff Macklem, what the bank needs to focus on going forward and why leadership at the bank is so critical now to the Canadian economy....


Goodbye office space, hello suburbs: Canadian real estate in pandemic times
This week on Down to Business, Ryerson University real estate management professor Murtaza Haider talks to host Emily Jackson about the pandemic’s impact on housing and rental prices, how the shift to working from home could affect real estate in downtown cores and a rethinking of the suburbs....


Canada’s auto industry gears up to go back to work (Honda Canada CEO Jean Marc Leclerc)
Auto sales are down 75% as the industry struggles with closed dealerships and shuttered factories. This week on Down to Business, Honda Canada’s new chief executive Jean Marc Leclerc discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the auto sector and its global supply chains, and how long he expects it will take for the industry to recover as Honda looks to resume production next week....

Shockproofing Canada: How business can prepare for the next shock
As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on people and economies around the world, Canada’s business community is starting to ask – what can we do to better prepare before the next crisis hits? Conference Board of Canada senior economist Julie Ades joins Down to Business host Emily Jackson to discuss how the pandemic could be a catalyst for long-term changes to Canada’s supply chains....


Shockproofing Canada: Why our drug supply can’t be 100% self-sufficient
Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association president Jim Keon joins Down to Business host Emily Jackson to discuss the vulnerabilities in Canada’s drug supply chain during the pandemic, which has led to a run on drugs hospitals use to sedate coronavirus patients and help them breathe....


Shockproofing Canada’s energy sector: Former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall
Former Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall joins Down to Business host Emily Jackson to discuss what energy self-sufficiency would look like in Canada and how the government could take action to create such a strategy. This special episode of Down to Business is part of the National Post’s new series Strong & Free: Shockproofing Canada....

Shockproofing Canada’s energy sector: Former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall
Former Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall joins Down to Business host Emily Jackson to discuss what energy self-sufficiency would look like in Canada and how the government could take action to create such a strategy. This special episode of Down to Business is part of the National Post’s new series Strong & Free: Shockproofing Canada....



Why Canada needs more women in finance (Women in Capital Markets’ Camilla Sutton)
Canada lags the G7 on promoting women in leadership roles. Only four per cent of companies listed on the TSX have a female CEO and 15 per cent a female chief financial officer. This week on Down to Business, Women in Capital Markets chief executive Camilla Sutton joins host Emily Jackson to discuss why Canada has a long way to go when it comes to equality...


Why Canada needs more women in finance (Women in Capital Markets’ Camilla Sutton)
Canada lags the G7 on promoting women in leadership roles. Only four per cent of companies listed on the TSX have a female CEO and 15 per cent a female chief financial officer. This week on Down to Business, Women in Capital Markets chief executive Camilla Sutton joins host Emily Jackson to discuss why Canada has a long way to go when it comes to equality...


How we will be using drones in five years (Drone Delivery Canada CEO Michael Zahra)
Drones are poised to be a big future player in the logistics and delivery business, whether they drop off pizza on your doorstep or carry replacement parts to offshore oil rigs. Drone Delivery Canada CEO Michael Zahra talks to host Emily Jackson about the scope of the industry, its potential for growth and why Canada is ahead of the game...



Top takeaways from the Canadian business world (Financial Post editor Nicole MacAdam)
Financial Post editor Nicole MacAdam is moving on to become editor-in-chief of the Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun. In this Down to Business bonus episode, she talks with host Emily Jackson about the important trends she has seen over the past four years, including the disruption of businesses by innovation and technology, trade protectionism and the rise of the #MeToo movement in the business community....

How Canada's economy fared in 2019
This week on Down to Business, Financial Post national business columnist Kevin Carmichael joins host Emily Jackson to discuss Canada’s economic performance in 2019 and what it says about 2020....


How Shopify is 'arming the rebels' as Amazon builds its empire (with COO Harley Finkelstein)
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are here, along with the onslaught in advertising. We know these shopping holidays, and the holiday season in general, are massive events for major retailers. But what about the entrepreneurs navigating e-commerce? Shopify Chief Operating Officer Harley Finkelstein joins host Emily Jackson to discuss how Shopify is helping businesses in the new direct-to-consumer retail world....

How Ikea Canada plans to get shoppers through the door or online in the digital era (CEO Michael Ward)
Big box stores have had to rethink their strategies in a digital world where online shopping has taken a bite out of in-person sales. Disruption to distribution models and demographic shifts in where people live have forced even the biggest retailers to rethink their plans for the future. Ikea Canada president Michael Ward joins host Emily Jackson to discuss how Ikea is evolving for the digital world....


How Ikea Canada plans to get shoppers through the door or online in the digital era (CEO Michael Ward)
Big box stores have had to rethink their strategies in a digital world where online shopping has taken a bite out of in-person sales. Disruption to distribution models and demographic shifts in where people live have forced even the biggest retailers to rethink their plans for the future. Ikea Canada president Michael Ward joins host Emily Jackson to discuss how Ikea is evolving for the digital world....


The race between hackers and cybersecurity companies trying to stop them (Absolute Software CEO Christy Wyatt)
At this point Canadian businesses know they need to take cybersecurity seriously, but how prepared are they for the inevitable attacks? On this week’s Down to Business, host Emily Jackson speaks with Christy Wyatt, the chief executive of Absolute Software Corp., a Vancouver-based cybersecurity company. They spoke about emerging cybersecurity risks and the state of the industry in Canada....

The race between hackers and cybersecurity companies trying to stop them (Absolute Software CEO Christy Wyatt)
At this point Canadian businesses know they need to take cybersecurity seriously, but how prepared are they for the inevitable attacks? On this week’s Down to Business, host Emily Jackson speaks with Christy Wyatt, the chief executive of Absolute Software Corp., a Vancouver-based cybersecurity company. They spoke about emerging cybersecurity risks and the state of the industry in Canada....


Why Canada's stuck in an energy vs environment debate (Questor Technology’s Audrey Mascarenhas)
Canadians, increasingly worried about climate change, are having a bit of an existential crisis over the country’s status as one of the world’s largest energy producers. This week, host Emily Jackson discusses the future of Canadian energy with Questor Technology CEO Audrey Mascarenhas, who doesn’t think protecting the environment and supporting the energy sector are mutually exclusive goals....

Why Canada's stuck in an energy vs environment debate (Questor Technology’s Audrey Mascarenhas)
Canadians, increasingly worried about climate change, are having a bit of an existential crisis over the country’s status as one of the world’s largest energy producers. This week, host Emily Jackson discusses the future of Canadian energy with Questor Technology CEO Audrey Mascarenhas, who doesn’t think protecting the environment and supporting the energy sector are mutually exclusive goals....


Why ‘cannabis 3.0’ is the real opportunity for Canada: (former Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton)
It’s been one year since Canada legalized the cannabis industry after a century of prohibition. But it’s just the beginning of the journey from the black market to “cannabis 3.0.” Host Emily Jackson talks with Bruce Linton, the former chief executive of Canopy Growth, Canada’s largest cannabis company, about where legal cannabis is at in Canada a year in, and where it is going....



What is the true cost of congestion in Canada? (CPCS Transcom’s Peter Harrison)
Congestion is stalling Canada’s biggest cities and costs us between $6 billion to $10 billion a year. On Episode 20 of Down to Business, host Emily Jackson talks to Peter Harrison, vice president, Canada, of CPCS Transcom Ltd., a global transportation and infrastructure consulting firm, about this problem and possible solutions....

What is the Conservatives' strategy for the Canadian economy? (with Pierre Poilievre, Conservative MP and finance critic)
Business issues have a distinctly political flavour, especially in an election year. With two months to go before Canada’s federal election, we decided to ask the two leading political parties about their economic plans should they win in October. This week we hear from the Conservative party. Conservative MP for Carleton and shadow finance minister Pierre Poilievre speaks with host Emily Jackson about the underlying direction of the party's strategy....


Why industrial real estate is having a hot moment in Canada’s biggest cities (with Collier International's Craig Hennigar)
Industrial real estate is having a moment. Online shopping means e-commerce vendors need more warehouses for last mile deliveries, jacking up demand for industrial land in urban centres. That means higher prices and astonishing low vacancy rates in Canada’s biggest cities. Colliers International’s Craig Hennigar, director of market intelligence for Canada, speaks to host Emily Jackson about industrial real estate on Episode 18 of Down To Business....


How carbon capture tech could transform the Canadian economy and the energy industry (with Carbon Engineering Inc. CEO Steve Oldham)
How to tackle climate change can be a tense conversation in Canada given the importance of the oil and gas industry to the economy. But the oilpatch is one of the biggest spenders on clean tech in Canada and the country is a leader in the development of carbon capture technology. Steve Oldham, CEO of Carbon Engineering Inc., explains how carbon capture works and how it offers hope for climate change on Episode 14 of Down to Business....

The next big thing in cannabis (with Vanmala Subramaniam and Truss Beverages CEO Brett Vye)
Smoking marjiuana is so 2018. This October, new rules from the federal government around the legal production and sale of cannabis edibles, drinkables and other alternative pot products will come into force, a new market that could be worth $2.7 billion a year. Geoff Zochodne talks with cannabis reporter Vanmala Subramaniam and Truss Beverages CEO Brett Vye about the second wave of cannabis legalization and what it means for business and consumers....



Why A&W made a bet on Beyond Meat (with CEO Susan Senecal)
Our seventh episode covers A&W breaking new ground with Beyond Meat. Susan Senecal, president and CEO of A&W Canada, joins host Emily Jackson to talk about why her chain was the first national fast-food restaurant to introduce Beyond Meat burgers, and why she thinks the plant-based protein trend is here to stay....

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Canadian airlines (with WestJet CEO Ed Sims)
Ed Sims, CEO of WestJet for the last year, joins host Emily Jackson to discuss the challenges of heading a Canadian airline during turbulent times — how he dealt with headwinds including labour strife, high-fuel costs and the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737MAX8....

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Introducing Down to Business
Coming April 24: There hasn’t yet been a podcast dedicated to a wide range of Canadian business stories. We want to change that.  Down to Business is a new podcast devoted to what you need to know about Canadian business this week in under 30 minutes. Hosted by the Financial Post's Emily Jackson....

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