Media Advisory: Canadians Attend U.S. Leadership Program on the Sharing Economy

September 23, 2019
For Immediate Release


Canadians Attend U.S. Leadership Program on the Sharing Economy


OTTAWA – The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that four Canadian professionals in public and economic policy will visit Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities from September 23 to October 11 as participants in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  The participants will examine the economic impact of the sharing economy on cities and communities, including the impact on traditional businesses.  The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Participants in the program will discuss regulatory issues and legislation affecting the sharing economy, including successes and failures. They will explore key concerns such as privacy, health, and safety, related to participating in the sharing economy, including options for alleviating these concerns.

Participants in the program are:

  • Ms. Laurence Audette Lageux, President, OuiShare Montreal
  • Mr. Husam Ayyad, Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships, The Digital Media Zone
  • Mr. Guillaume Lavoie, President, Quebec Government Task Force on the Sharing Economy
  • Mr. Jake Whalen, Senior Advisor, Economic Policy& Development, City of Halifax, Nova Scotia

The IVLP enables Canadians who are emerging leaders in their professional field to observe U.S. institutions, practices, and culture first-hand, and to meet with professional counterparts to explore issues of common interest. Founded in 1940, the IVLP has given hundreds of thousands of emerging leaders — including more than 1,300 Canadians — the opportunity to observe and interact with American culture and society on a personal level. For more information, visit

Participants are available for interviews after the program upon request.