John Stackhouse

Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO

John Stackhouse is a nationally bestselling author and one of Canada’s leading voices on innovation and economic disruption. He is senior vice-president in the Office of the CEO at Royal Bank of Canada, leading the organization’s research and thought leadership on economic, technological and social change.

Previously, John was editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail and editor of Report on Business. He is a senior fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and sits on the boards of Queen’s University, the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada and the Literary Review of Canada.

John’s latest book, Planet Canada: How Our Expats Are Shaping the Future, explores the untapped resource of the millions of Canadians who don’t live in Canada but exert their influence from afar.

John's insights

Eight ways COVID-19 will transform the economy and disrupt every business


If there is one lesson from the pandemic of 2020, it may be this: We are biological beings in a digital age.

12 minute read

Artificial intelligence and bias: A conversation with Layla El Asri

John Stackhouse asks Layla El Asri, a research manager at Microsoft, about human’s roles in solving AI Bias and the societal and ethical implications.

7 minute read

How the skilled trades are winning over women

Canada is facing a critical shortage of skilled tradespeople. We can deepen the talent pool by recruiting, training and mentoring women.

3 minute read

Farmer 4.0: How the coming skills revolution can transform agriculture

Agriculture could add another $11B to Canada’s GDP and make the sector more productive than auto manufacturing and aerospace combined.

4 minute read

Are Canadian boards ready for their Amazon moment?

Even sectors previously thought to be safe are now grappling with disruption. Here are six tips on how boards in Canada can prepare.

3 minute read

Battling bias before it becomes irreversible

Artificial intelligence is one of the most disruptive forces changing our world- but its using outdated values to do so.

8 minute read

Energy matters: Canada’s options for the 2020s

RBC Economics looks at three scenarios for oil and gas development over the next decade.

3 minute read

Media contact

Stephen Hewitt

Director, Executive Communications