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The Sharing Economy: What is the role of government?
October 29, 2015
8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Ismaili Centre (Aga Khan)
49 Wynford Drive, Toronto
Welcoming Remarks Mayor John Tory, City of Toronto
Keynote Address and Q&A: What is the sharing economy?
Sunil Johal, Policy Director at the Mowat Centre and co-author of Policymaking for the Sharing Economy: Beyond Whack-a-Mole, will set the stage by introducing the sharing economy and discussing the challenges and considerations through the lens of government and policy makers. What is the sharing economy and who is impacted? What influence does the sharing economy have on municipalities? Where might government fit in?
Panel 1: Economic Impacts of the Sharing Economy
- What industries are most at risk from being disrupted? How can traditional industries continue to compete with the growing presence of the sharing economy? How does the sharing economy impact jobs and job creation?
- The sharing economy will continue to grow. How will this impact municipalities? How do we measure economic impacts?
- What can government do to ensure that municipalities foster innovation and are prepared for impacts resulting from the growth of the sharing economy?
Moderator: Amber Kanwar, Anchor and Reporter, Business News Network (BNN) Panelists: Grant Brigden, Founder, Rover Parking Ted Graham, Innovation Leader, PwC Josh Hjartarson, VP, Public Sector, KPMG Management Services LP Erin Klassen, Community Programs and Partnerships, Etsy Aaron Zifkin, Country Manager – Canada, Airbnb
Panel 2: Social Impacts of the Sharing Economy
- How inclusive/accessible is the sharing economy? How does it include or exclude individuals? How does it reinforce inequalities?
- Is the sharing economy displacing secure traditional jobs?
- How does the sharing economy impact those who do not participate?
- How can policy makers protect the public from negative social impacts without hindering competition and innovation? How do we measure social impacts?
Moderator: Mohamed Shuriye, United Way Campaign Manager, City of Toronto Panelists: Laura Anderson, Researcher, Wellesley Institute Adil Dhalla, Director of Culture, Centre for Social Innovation Ryan Dyment, Executive Director of the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy, and co-founder of the Toronto Tool Library Michelynn Laflèche, Director of Research, Public Policy, and Evaluation, United Way Toronto & York Region
Lunch Keynote Address and Q&A: International Lessons Learned
Jurisdictions around the world have had varied approaches to the sharing economy. While some have embraced its advent, others have exerted efforts in slowing its growth and societal impacts. Sharing economy expert, April Rinne, will discuss international approaches to grappling with the sharing economy, highlighting notable best practices and successes.
Keynote Speaker: April Rinne, Sharing Economy Advisor, World Economic Forum
A User Perspective on the Sharing Economy: Our first local insights
Speaker: Joeri van den Steenhoven, Director of the MaRS Solutions Lab
MaRS Solutions Lab Workshop 1: Public value & identifying role of government in the sharing economy
Harnessing the Power of the Sharing Economy: Next steps for Ontario
Speaker: Karl Baldauf, VP Policy and Government Relations, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
MaRS Solutions Lab Workshop 2: Smart rules and next steps
Cities and the Sharing Economy: What's Next?
Speaker: Rob Meikle, Chief Information Officer, City of Toronto
Tracey Cook, Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, City of Toronto