Taking the Lead: Airbnb and Healthy Tourism in Vancouver
SVP Policy and Communications
Lunch and Program: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
In 2018 the City of Vancouver and Airbnb entered into a historic agreement to recognize and regulate home sharing. In December, the global platform signed a first-of-its-kind partnership in Canada with Tourism Vancouver.
Home sharing benefits thousands of families in the Greater Vancouver region by allowing them to earn additional income to help make ends meet. At the same time, it brings new visitors to the Lower Mainland and adds affordable accommodation supply to this booming tourism hub.
Join Airbnb's Chris Lehane, SVP, Policy and Communications, as he discusses how home sharing can play a healthy role in housing constrained markets like Greater Vancouver. He will also share how Airbnb is leading the way in its work with cities around the globe, and how home sharing is reshaping the world of travel.
About the speaker:
Chris Lehane is the SVP, Policy and Communications for Airbnb. In this role, he leads Airbnb’s work with policy makers around the world to support common sense approaches that protect the right of everyday people to share their homes in order to help make ends meet, oversees the company’s efforts to educate the public about the community wide economic benefits created by home sharing and directs initiatives to communicates how the platform is helping to democratize travel by allowing anyone to belong anywhere. Prior to joining Airbnb, Lehane provided strategic counsel to political, corporate, technology, entertainment and professional sports clients. In the 1990s, Lehane served in various positions in the Clinton Administration, including Press Secretary to Vice President Al Gore, Special Assistant Counsel to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo. A published author and film/co-producer, Lehane has also served as a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Lehane graduated from Harvard Law School in 1994 and from Amherst College in 1990. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Amherst College; the Board of Advisors for Common Sense Media, a children’s health media advocacy non-profit and AT&T’s Aspire Accelerator, an effort to promote education technology to improve learning. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Andrea, a human rights lawyer, and two sons, Dominic and Quincy.