WE'RE SHOOTING IN THE VERY COOL MARs BUILDING TODAY, IS THIS THE PERFECT SPOT FOR THE AIRBNB OFFICE?
The MaRs Building is the perfect spot for the Airbnb Canada office because it is a building that houses educators, researchers, social scientists, entrepreneurs and business experts all working towards leading change. The MaRS building is the place for innovation and entrepreneurial ventures in Toronto and Canada, so it only makes sense that Airbnb would be part of this mix. We’re working towards building a strong community, one where everyone can belong anywhere and MaRs is a community that helps make that happen.
WHAT'S THE BEST PART ABOUT LIVING IN TORONTO?
Toronto is one of the world’s most multicultural cities, which makes it a great city to live in. The diversity makes the city and its population understanding and open to new ideas. Everywhere you turn there is something new to discover and interesting people to meet.
WE'VE STYLED YOU IN A CANADIAN SHOE BRAND, PEOPLE FOOTWEAR. HOW DO THEY WORK WITH YOUR EVERYDAY LIFESTYLE?
People Footwear suits my everyday style. I’m always on the go, so these sleek and comfortable shoes get me through the day with ease. I also love supporting Canadian brands whenever possible, so I’m glad to have found a brand that fits my lifestyle.
HOW IMPORTANT IS HAVING A GREAT SHOE GAME TO YOU?
Very, if you’re well put together, it sets you up for a successful day. Some people might not admit it, but people notice shoes.
SINCE YOU TRAVEL SO MUCH, WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO TRAVEL SHOE STYLE?
My go-to travel shoe style is all about comfort and practically, I need to be able to slip them on and off easily, it makes airport security a breeze.
WHEN YOU STARTED AT AIRBNB , WHAT WERE YOU MOST EXCITED TO GET STARTED ON?
Opening the Canadian office and establishing a physical footprint for the brand in Canada to support Canadian Airbnb hosts was priority number one.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE AIRBNB VISITING SPORTS YOU'VE ENCOUNTERED SO FAR?
I’ve stayed at dozens of Airbnb listings and met amazing hosts from around the globe, here are three that were quite memorable.
Ottawa: I recently stayed at a listing in Ottawa. It was a cold winter day and my host knew I had been travelling a lot for work. To ensure I didn’t get sick, my host made me chicken noodle soup for my flight home. I couldn’t believe how considerate and hospitable she was. You just don’t get that at a hotel.
Mexico: I recently stayed at an Airbnb eco-conscious cabana on a beach in Mexico. It was so secluded and I had my own private beach – you don’t get that at an all-inclusive!
London, England and Pisa, Italy: Last November, I was staying at an Airbnb in London. My hosts and I got along so well they decided to join me in Italy for the weekend. They also happened to speak Italian, so it was great for me to go from being a solo traveler to having new friends and interpreters. Our brief encounter sparked a great friendship and I will definitely be staying with them next time I head to London.
WHERE ARE CANADA'S AIRBNB HOTSPOTS OR SECRET (UNEXPECTEDLY AMAZING) LOCATIONS?
We have some amazing listings in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. There are many amazing and unique listings in the Gulf Islands area, and the hosts are so welcoming. Truly an underrated travel destination!
HOW DO YOU THINK AIRBNB HAS INFLUENCED OR CHANGED THE WAY PEOPLE TRAVEL?
In a world where we all tend to be physically disconnected from each other and always on the go, Airbnb has changed the way people travel by enabling people to explore local communities when away from home by connecting them with unique listings and amazing hosts.
AIRBNB SEEMS TO BE ON A MAJOR UPSWING. MEDIA IS ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT WHAT YOU GUYS ARE UP TO. WHAT'S THE COOLEST THING COMING UP FOR AIRBNB?
2016 is going to be a huge year for Airbnb in Toronto, across Canada and around the globe. Our Canadian team is continuing to grow and we’re looking forward to welcoming more hosts to our community and providing guests from around the world truly unique travel experiences.
LIST THREE WARDROBE ESSENTIALS YOU THINK EVERY TECH ENTREPRENEUR SHOULD OWN.
Comfortable shoes, worn in jeans and a blazer to pair with a T-shirt are must haves.
THE GREAT DEBATE IS HAPPENING NOW, WHAT'S YOUR VOTE FOR CALLING TORONTO TDOT OR THE6? (ANY SPECIFIC REASON?)
You’ll have to ask Drake or Norm Kelly about that one, anything that gets people talking about our city is good with me.