Why has Vancouver been so slow to join the sharing economy?

Around the world, popular app- and web-based services such as Uber and AirBnB have disrupted traditional business models and sparked explosive growth in the sharing economy. Consumers have embraced these services for their convenience and cost savings, but as they enter highly regulated industries, they face friction from both traditional operators and hesitant governments who raise legal and safety-related concerns. In some jurisdictions, legislators have responded to their constituents by making regulatory changes allowing these types of companies to legally operate.  Vancouverites, however, have seen nothing but delayed decisions and increased regulations that make it difficult – if not impossible – for these services to exist.

Hear from UBC and community experts, from Mobi, Car2Go and the City of Vancouver, as they examine the pros, cons, and unanswered questions about the state of the sharing economy in Vancouver.

Recorded November 28, 2016, in Vancouver, BC.

Moderator

Gloria Macarenko – CBC News Host (B.C. AlmanacOur Vancouver; CBC Radio One’s The Story from Here)

Panelists

David Holzer – Regional Director, Car2Go, North America
Mia Kohout – General Manager, Vancouver Bike Share Inc, better known as Mobi; Co-Owner & Editor-in-Chief, Momentum Magazine Ltd
Geoff Meggs – Vancouver City Councillor
Marc-David Seidel – Associate Professor and Director of the Maurice Young Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Centre at the UBC Sauder School of Business.