Leading ridesharing app makes a pit stop in Winnipeg:
Lyft's VP of Public Policy speaks to Winnipeg Business Community

November 16, 2018, WINNIPEG - It has been eight months since the launch of ridesharing services in Winnipeg. But for many, the absence of the industry's largest operators, such as Lyft, remains an issue.

Joseph Okpaku, Vice President of Public Policy at Lyft, will meet with 350+ Winnipeg Chamber members on Nov. 19 to share findings from a new report that estimates the potential impact Lyft could have in Winnipeg.

According to Chamber President & CEO Loren Remillard, bringing big ridesharing names to Winnipeg is not a preference of one operator over others, but the desire for increased competition in the marketplace.

"Competition stands at the very heart of business and has been a fundamental principle behind every Chamber policy since day one," says Remillard. "It breeds greater innovation, improved performance and better outcomes - for employers and employees alike. The Chamber, and all Winnipeggers, want to see an open and inviting marketplace that supports these goals."

Okpaku oversees the team that has helped to create and implement a nationwide legislative and regulatory framework for the ridesharing industry, including legislation in over 40 states and many municipalities.

The Lyft Public Policy team has also been a leader in shaping the creation of autonomous vehicle policy, focusing on the role ridesharing will play in the testing, deployment and adoption of the technology.

How Lyft Can Drive Winnipeg's Economy

Keynote: Joseph Okpaku, Vice President of Public Policy at Lyft
When: Monday, November 19
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Keynote at 12:45 p.m. | Media Scrum 1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Where: Canadian Museum for Human Rights
About The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1873, is the largest organization representing the voice of business in Winnipeg. Our mission is to foster an environment in which Winnipeg business can prosper.


To arrange interviews and attendance contact:
Natalie Ardita
Communications Coordinator, The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (204) 918-9563