Open Concept

Open Concept
Yahoo Canada Finance brings you Open Concept, a series about the entrepreneurs and innovators making a difference today. Join us here for in-depth discussions and insights on the people, issues and trends changing Canada's business landscape. Host…

Alan Brookes: Running the Running Business
Dec 11, 2018 • 21 min
For the past three decades, Alan Brookes, Race Director of the Canadian Running Series, has helped make Canada a racing destination. Here’s what he says it takes to make an event that really has meaning for people, and that will keep them coming back. See…
How to Keep Going - Ecobee CEO Stuart Lombard
Dec 4, 2018 • 30 min
In 2009, Stuart Lombard’s company Ecobee created the first-ever smart thermostat. But when the bigger, better-funded Nest thermostat burst on the scene, everyone told him he should just quit. He didn’t. Here’s how Lombard kept going through the tough…
Justin Crabbe: Disrupting the Aviation Industry
Nov 27, 2018 • 17 min
Could the sharing economy shake up…air travel? Justin Crabbe thinks so. He’s the CEO of Jettly, an app for on-demand private jets – and he wants to compete for customers with major commercial airlines. See for privacy and opt-out…
Knix CEO Joanna Griffiths
Nov 19, 2018 • 33 min
There’s a revolution happening in the women’s underwear industry – one that’s focused on comfort, function, and what women actually want. Canadian brand Knix is one of the companies leading that movement. Here’s how CEO Joanna Griffiths built a successful…
Ab. Velasco: Innovating the Public Library
Nov 7, 2018 • 19 min
Public libraries on a business podcast? You bet. If you want to know how to reinvent an institution at risk of becoming obsolete, you couldn’t find much better inspiration. Many predicted Google would kill the public library, but today they’re bustling.…
Sheetal Jaitly, Founder and CEO of TribalScale
Nov 1, 2018 • 26 min
TribalScale calls itself a global innovation company. CEO Sheetal Jaitly tells us what it takes to make big corporations more innovative, why interviews are a terrible way to know if you’ve got a good hire, what he learned as a door-to-door photocopier…
Feminuity CEO and Co-Founder Sarah Saska
Oct 24, 2018 • 30 min
Diversity is a hot concept in the business world these days — but what does that actually mean, and what do companies need to do to be truly inclusive? Sarah Saska wants to help companies make fundamental changes for diversity — and she says there’s a…
Rami Alhamad, CEO and founder of PUSH
Oct 12, 2018 • 36 min
Rami Alhamad on the making of the PUSH Band, and what’s coming next in the multi-billion dollar business of wearable tech. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Sonia Sennik, executive director, Creative Destruction Lab
Sep 26, 2018 • 28 min
Sonia Sennik and the Creative Destruction Lab are searching for ‘massively scalable’ science-based start-ups…on earth or in space. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Rakuten Kobo CEO Michael Tamblyn
Sep 19, 2018 • 35 min
Michael Tamblyn on the launch of a tech titan, the worldwide battle with Kindle, and why he remains bullish on reading. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Rubikloud co-founder and CEO Kerry Liu
Sep 12, 2018 • 34 min
The science of retail: How artificial intelligence is being used to make stores smarter; from what to order, when to order it, and where to place it to prompt us to buy. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Motoinsight founder and CEO Andrew Tai
Sep 4, 2018 • 33 min
Andrew Tai on the future of car buying. Why the process is badly broken now and how it promises to look in the near future. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Ritual founder and CEO Ray Reddy
Aug 21, 2018 • 35 min
Ray Reddy’s meal-ordering app has conquered Toronto. Next stops: Chicago, New York and L.A. See for privacy and opt-out information.
DeeBee’s Organics CEO Dionne Laslo-Baker
Aug 14, 2018 • 34 min
Dionne Laslo-Baker’s journey from medical science to her DeeBee Organics kids’ treats being in 5,000 stores across North America. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Alan Safahi, CEO of ZipZap and ZED Network
Jul 23, 2018 • 34 min
The remittance business is dominated by a few big players charging very high rates. Here’s how a Canadian start-up is rolling out a cryptocurrency to change that. See for privacy and opt-out information.
NKPR president Natasha Koifman
Jul 16, 2018 • 36 min
Public relations maven Natasha Koifman on the beauty of small in social media, the power of saying no… and the benefit of not having a plan B. See for privacy and opt-out information.
ManyVids CEO Bella French
Jul 9, 2018 • 41 min
Out of the shadows: After launching one of the largest porn companies in Canada, Bella French steps away from the cameras to talk about changing the industry. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Vega co-founder Brendan Brazier
Jun 29, 2018 • 31 min
From a maca root protein shake to a US$550-million health food staple in just over a decade. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Wattpad CEO Allen Lau
Jun 25, 2018 • 28 min
How the Toronto story-sharing start-up attracted 65-million users and created one of the biggest hits on Netflix today. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Nutritional High chairman David Posner
Jun 13, 2018 • 34 min
Cannabis entrepreneur David Posner on the markets that await when marijuana is legalized in Canada. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Women in Capital Markets CEO Camilla Sutton
May 30, 2018 • 33 min
Capital markets veteran Camilla Sutton joins Noel to discuss gender diversity, pay equity and the #MeToo movement in Canadian finance. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Brava Triathlon co-founder Stephanie Jamain
May 24, 2018 • 30 min
How two Montreal triathletes channeled their desire for better fitting and looking apparel and launched a stand-out brand. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Wealthsimple CEO Mike Katchen
May 15, 2018 • 36 min
Wealthsimple CEO & Founder Mike Katchen on taking on Canada’s biggest banks through a radically different approach to doing business. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Bunz CEO Sascha Darius Mojtahedi
May 8, 2018 • 26 min
Bunz CEO Sascha Darius Mojtahedi joins Noel for a discussion on turning his million-user barter-trading zone platform into a global business. The challenge: Keeping the culture in, the cash out and the business growing. See for privacy…
Coming Soon
Apr 25, 2018 • 0 min
Introducing Open Concept with host Noel Hulsman. A new podcast from Yahoo Finance. See for privacy and opt-out information.