Uber, AirBnb, Taskrabbit – all examples of businesses falling under the shared economy. In recent years, a plethora of companies have sprung up where individuals are able to exchange human and physical resources for a monetary benefit. What’s the problem with that? These businesses fall under a grey zone when it comes to legislation and policy. This show will explore how consumers benefit and the problem governments are facing.

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Show Guests

Laura Anderson, Researcher – Wellesley Institute

Laura joined the Wellesley Institute from the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and holds an MPH in Global Health from Emory University in Atlanta, as well as a PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Toronto. She has community-based and population health research experience with diverse populations and recently authored “Behind the Bargains: How the sharing economy impacts health.”

Sunil Johal, Policy Director – Mowat Centre

Sunil is the Policy Director at the Mowat Centre and was previously a Director with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation. In addition, he has held many senior management and policy roles in Cabinet Office and the Ministries of Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs. He co-authored the report “Policymaking for the Sharing Economy: Beyond Whack-A-Mole.”

Mark Thompson, Professor Emeritus – UBC’s Sauder School of Business

Mark Thompson is Professor Emeritus in UBC’s Sauder School of Business, and a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Music Credits

Not Dead, Fine Time

Said the Whale, Lucky

Wild Things, Alessia Cara

The Rural Alberta Advantage, This City

Show Credits

Hosts: Emilie De Monte & Rajesh Sankat

Executive Producers: Emily Rasmussen & Nirmalan Vijeyakumar