Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumni UBC. 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.

This event took place November 28, 2016, in Vancouver, BC.


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


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.

Panelist Biographies

Gloria Macarenko

Long time CBC News host Gloria Macarenko takes the host seat on B.C. Almanac connecting British Columbians through conversation. She also hosts The Story from Here, a national Radio One show that brings Canadians the most lively and intriguing interviews from across the country.  Gloria is also on CBC Television, hosting Our Vancouver, a current affairs television show.

Previously, Macarenko hosted the award-winning newscast CBC News Vancouver at 5 & 6. She has twice been nominated for the Gemini Awards in the category of “Best News Anchor” in Canada.

Gloria Macarenko herself is an award-winning journalist and senior leader on the news team. In her many years with CBC, she has been awarded a Jack Webster Award for “Best News Reporting”, multiple RTNDA Awards and a Leo award for “Best Anchor in a News Program” with former co-host Ian Hanomansing. Gloria has guest hosted on The National and CBC News Now. From her extensive coverage of the Sochi Olympics, as much a news story as a sports story considering the numerous human rights issues that dominated the Games, to profound interviews with local families affected by the Right-to-Die legal challenge, and families who looked to the courts for justice after losing loved ones to a drunk-driving accident, Macarenko has the ability to touch the heart of audiences no matter how challenging the story.

Macarenko’s relationship with British Columbia goes far beyond the newsroom. You can see her volunteering and hosting for organizations such as Arts Umbrella, Dr. Peter Centre, RCH Hospital Foundation, BC Cancer Foundation, the Gordon Smith Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the Prince Rupert Foundation and the International Women’s Forum.

Born and raised in Prince Rupert, her travels take her around B.C. When not in the host chair, or on the road, she can be found enjoying a good book or sampling the spectacular culinary adventures Vancouver is known for.

David Holzer

David Holzer is Regional Director for car2go North America where he is responsible for operations, future business development, and government relations in the Western region. In this role he oversees some of car2go’s largest locations – Vancouver, Calgary, Portland, and Seattle – assuring the smooth operation of a combined fleet of more than 2,500 car2go vehicles used by more than 345,000 members. Prior to joining car2go in 2011, David spent four years with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as the Fleet Manager for the 4,600 games vehicles. A born and raised Vancouverite, he is as passionate about golf as he is about getting people interested in the benefits of the sharing economy…especially his two children.



Mia Kohout

Mia Kohout is the General Manager of Vancouver Bike Share Inc, better known as Mobi, Vancouver’s new public bike sharing program.  Mia is thrilled that Vancouverites finally have access to a bike sharing program and is excited to see how Mobi has already changed the way that people live, work and play in the city.  Mia believes that bike share is a catalyst for community change and a great way to get more people riding bikes.

Mia is currently also the co-owner & Editor-in-Chief of Momentum Mag and the founder of Bike to Work Week in Metro Vancouver. She has spent the last decade promoting everyday bicycling in Vancouver and North America. She has a passion for inspiring change in people and cities and loves working towards a happier, healthier and more sustainable future. Mia graduated from UBC in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Geoff Meggs

Councillor Geoff Meggs was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014. He is committed to working for a city in which eliminating homelessness, creating affordable housing, and expanding quality public transit are priorities, and believes that if you work in Vancouver, you should be able to live in Vancouver.

An award-winning journalist and author, Councillor Meggs’ career has combined senior leadership positions in government and the labour movement. As a journalist, he was the first to sound the alarm about the threat of salmon farming to wild salmon stocks and later exposed waste and mismanagement in the health care system.

He served as director of communications in the Office of the Premier under Premier Glen Clark, and later served as director of communications and executive director of the BC Federation of Labour. As executive assistant to Mayor Larry Campbell, Councillor Meggs worked on Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid; the fight to win major new investments in buses and rapid transit; the creation of Vancouver’s supervised injection site; and many other community issues. After leaving the BC Federation of Labour in 2008, he has provided strategic communications services to a range of clients through his own firm, Tideline Communications. He has served on the boards of the Georgia Strait Alliance, the False Creek South Neighbourhood Association, his strata council, and several daycares.

Born in Ontario and raised in Toronto and Ottawa, he has been a resident of Vancouver since 1976. He lived in the Fairview and Strathcona neighbourhoods before settling in False Creek, where he currently resides with his family.

Marc-David Seidel

Marc-David L. Seidel, director of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Research, holds the Professorship in Innovation and is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources (OBHR) at the Sauder School of Business. He is an Associate Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly, Division Chair-Elect of the Academy of Management Organization and Management Theory Division, and former Division Chair of the Organizational Theory Division of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.

His current research interests include innovation, entrepreneurship, social networks, and life course models. He received his B.A. in Economics with a concentration in Law & Society at Cornell University; his M.B.A. at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Greenwald, J. (2016). GLOBAL BUSINESS EXPANSION REVEALS A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE IN AUTO COVERAGE. Business Insurance, 50(8), 22-n/a. [Link]

Guza, M. T. (2016). Transitioning the traditional business model for television: Personal data sharing by streaming video mobile apps (Order No. 10123994). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1807434701). [Link]

Viola, R., & Roodt, S. (01/01/2013). Business innovation, development, and advancement in the digital economy: Web 2.0: How this is shaping and changing the traditional business model Business Science Reference. [Link]

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Sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, on Tuesday June 10th the inaugural Wesbrook Talks event at MBA House in Wesbrook Village took place. A partnership event between Wesbrook Village and alumni UBC, the first event of the three part series featured a panel discussion of three amazing award-winning alumni all named Barbara. The sold out event featured Business in Vancouver’s Influential Women in Business award-winners Barbara Brink, BA’63; Barbara Dunfield, BEd’80; and Barbara Kaminsky, BA’70, MSW’73, MSc’82, in a panel discussion with CBC’s Renee Filippone and host Shelina Esmail, BA’93. It was the first time the 3 award recipients have spoken together on a panel. The three Barbara’s talked about their influences, commitment to their community, and career paths in a moderated discussion and question and answer session.

This is full recording of the Small Business Accelerator event, Smart Business, Small Business held October 17, 2011 at UBC Robson Square. The lecture features two compelling figures: Paul Cubbon, Marketing Instructor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business; and George Moen, a University of British Columbia alumnus, serial entrepreneur and President of Blenz The Canadian Coffee Company. Speakers offer insights around the notion that entrepreneur success is often bred from failure. Learn more about Paul Cubbon on his blog: http://blogs.ubc.ca/paulcubbon/ and George Moen on his blog: http://www.georgemoen.com/. The series was a celebratory event marking the Small Business Accelerators first year of service and was also held in conjunction with Small Business Week, organized by the Business Development Bank of Canada.

Speaker Biographies

George Moen proudly describes himself as a Serial Entrepreneur. With more than 30 years of experience in food and franchising, he specializes in transitioning small businesses into big business success stories. He is one of the country’s most followed CEO’s in social media and speaks as a keynote or on numerous panels at a variety of events about franchising, entrepreneurship, business and social media. Learn more about Paul Cubbon on his blog: http://blogs.ubc.ca/paulcubbon/

Paul Cubbon is a Marketing Instructor in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Cubbon’s interests are in marketing communication, customer behaviour, innovation and competition, social media, and how these combine to influence management practice in changing organizations to be truly customer serving. Learn more about George Moen on his blog: http://www.georgemoen.com/.

UBC Library Resources

Kruchten, P., Lawrence, P., Dahl, D., & Cubbon, P. (2011). New Venture Design–Interdisciplinary Capstone Projects at UBC. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association. [Link]

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Benjamin Cohen is Louis G. Lancaster Professor of International Political Economy at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has been a member of the Political Science Department since 1991. Established in May 1998, the Institute for European Studies (IES) is part of the University of British Columbia’s ongoing mission to advance international knowledge and research about Europe.  This talk is the keynote speech at the Institute for European Studies (IES)’s the “Global Currency Competition & Exchange Rate Arrangements: Present & Future” international conference at UBC in June 2010.


Benjamin Cohen is a member of the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara since 1991, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on international political economy.  His research interests mainly involve issues of international monetary and financial relations, and he has written about matters ranging from exchange rates and monetary integration to financial markets and international debt.  Cohen’s latest book, The Future of Global Currency: The Euro Versus the Dollar, was published in 2011 by Routledge Publishers.

Last updated June 18, 2013.

Select Articles Available at UBC Library

Cohen, B. J. (1998). The Geography of Money. Cornell University Press. [Link]

Cohen, B. J. (2012). The future of the euro: Rejoinder to Schwartz. Review of International Political Economy19(4), 709-710. [Link]

Cohen, B. J. (2012). The yuan tomorrow? Evaluating China’s currency internationalisation strategy. New Political Economy17(3), 361-371. [Link]

Cohen, B. J. (2012). The Future of Global Currency: The Euro Versus the Dollar. Routledge. [Link]

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Liz Heron, Social Media Editor at The New York Times, Alfred Hermida, Associate Professor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism, Karen Pinchin, founding editor of OpenFile Vancouver, and Steve Pratt, Director of CBC Radio 3 and CBC Radio Digital Programming present a lively panel discussion. This is the first in a series of three free panel discussions of the Social Media, Journalism, and Politics Special Lecture Series at UBC Robson Square, hosted by UBC Continuing Studies’ Lifelong Learning Series in partnership with the UBC Graduate School of Journalism.

About the Speakers

Liz Heron is an online content strategist and frequent public speaker with a passion for digital journalism. Her specialties include, among others, social media strategy, mobile journalism, multimedia, community engagement, and multi-platform journalism.

Alfred Hermida is an award-winning online news pioneer, digital media scholar and journalism educator. An associate professor at the Graduate School of Journalism of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, his research and teaching focuses on investigating the convergence of media technologies, industries, content and audiences, through scholarly papers, applied projects and media activities designed to bridge theory and practice.

Karen Pinchin is a reporter, editor and social media consultant, as well as a professionally trained chef. She writes for magazines and newspapers, provides communications consulting, and makes stock in her sleep. For her, the future involves cooking, writing and community building, both in-person and online.

Steve Pratt is the Director of Digital Music for CBC, including the new home of music at Canada’s public broadcaster. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Journalism program at UBC. Prior to CBC, he has worked with MuchMusic, Citytv, CTV, YTV, and AOL Canada.

Select Articles Available at UBC

Hermida, A. (2012). Tweets and Truth: Journalism as a Discipline of Collaborative Verification. Journalism Practice. 6(5-6). pp. 1-10. [Link]

Hermida, A., Fletcher, F., Korell, D., Logan, D. (2012). Share, Like, Recommend: Decoding the Social Media News Consumer. Journalism Studies. 13(5-6). pp. 815-824. [Link]

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Get to know the new Small Business Accelerator website by watching this brief introductory video that explains what information can be found on the SBA, and how best to navigate the site.
Business success depends on obtaining access to reliable information. The Small Business Accelerator is your gateway to freely available business information, education, and assistance that is both current and trustworthy.

Visit us as http:www.sba-bc.ca or follow @sba_bc on Twitter!

The Small Business Accelerator is an Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Initiative.

In this tutorial we demonstrate how to fully integrate the Small Business Accelerator (SBA) website into small business research, planning, and reference service. The 5 most common questions posed by small business owners — and future entrepreneurs — will be addressed by demonstrating a variety of online web resources featured on the SBA. Using the SBA, and by consulting with other business service providers such as community development officers or librarians, helps to ensure that BC’s small business community receives the right information needed to successfully launch a new enterprise.

The SBA is an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia, and aims to works in partnership with libraries and business support agencies from across BC. We encourage feedback and collaboration, and are always open to new ideas and partnerships.

You can find the SBA website at http://www.sba-bc.ca or follow us on Twitter @sba_bc.

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