Underground Economy event at Ismaili Centre, hosted by City of Toronto

To: Mayor Tory and Members of Toronto City Council,

"The Sharing Economy: What is the role of government?"

Hosted by the City of Toronto


October 29, 2015

The Ismaili Centre, Toronto

The last several years have seen the rise in popularity of new business models that focus on technology to allow people to purchase, borrow or share goods and services from each other rather than traditional businesses. Consumers are embracing these types of transactions for their convenience and affordability. It is often referred to as peer-to-peer sharing, collaborative consumption or the sharing economy. Technology is vital to the sharing economy and it is changing quickly.

However, it is also disruptive! Disruptive to established businesses and industries and upending regulatory frameworks currently in place.

What is the sharing economy? What are the issues and the impacts? What does it mean for government?

To better understand the sharing economy and the role of government, the City of Toronto is sponsoring a 1-day forum at the Ismaili Centre on October 29th.

This is an opportunity for governments to learn from experts and discuss the key issues, challenges and opportunities for policy makers.

The City of Toronto is partnering with MaRS to develop a program of speakers, moderator-led panels and small group discussions. Speakers include April Rinne, sharing economy expert and Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and Sunil Johal, Policy Director at the Mowat Centre. The intended audience is government including Members of Toronto City Council, City of Toronto staff, and staff from other municipalities and the Province.

As this forum is by invitation only and space is limited, please indicate your interest in attending by emailing me at tcook2@toronto.ca.

Further information including an agenda will be made available soon. We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you,

Tracey Cook

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Tracey Cook

Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards

100 Queen St. West, 16th Floor, West Tower

Toronto, ON   M5H 2N2

Tel: 416-392-8445

Email: tcook2@toronto.ca