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.