Outspoken Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former Dragons’ Den panelist Brett Wilson says that he will donate $100,000 to the Calgary Public Library on one condition — the city must first change its bylaws to allow ride-sharing service Uber to operate.
Wilson announced his potential donation at a recent gala event in Calgary, where he was given the Bob Edwards Award recognizing “ultrapreneurs” who have a big impact on public life.
Wilson said he has no financial stake in Uber and has not been offered anything by the company or asked for anything in return for his advocacy.
"So why do I do it? I believe that ride-sharing technologies like Uber are good for the city," he said. "It's a product and a service that's available in every major city in North America and it's a shame that we, as Calgary, haven't embraced it and figured out how to make it work here."