Alexandra Wrage receives more than a few calls from nervous CEOs these days.
They’re worried about dinner invitations to foreign officials. They’ve budgeted $200 for a meal—but when a large entourage arrives and orders expensive wines, the bill climbs to $1,000 or more. They want to know: Are we guilty of corruption? Bribery?
These dinner dates aren’t like handing over briefcases filled with money. But it’s an issue, Wrage says, that will keep executives up at night worrying about the consequences of possible wrongdoing.
How times have changed since November 2001, when Wrage founded TRACE International Inc. with the goal of making it easier and less expensive for companies to avoid corruption.
Jeremy Millard grew up in the theatre, soaking in the energy, creativity and performances of his parents and grandparents. It was magical, super cool, says the Toronto native. And while he didn’t follow the family career path, today he’s on a large stage himself—acting as Uber’s Legal Director for Canada.
Like the entertainment industry, Uber has its critics. But the company’s mobile app has plenty of fans, with people in more than 400 cities worldwide using the ride-sharing service.
“Internally, we know it’s a novel product,” says Millard. “You won't find many people who aren’t thrilled with the product and experience. That’s a great thing here for staff, or for any company you are working at.”
Millard joined Uber in July 2015 as its first lawyer in Canada. His role is to advise the San Francisco-based company on matters here and shape a domestic legal approach. The immediate overall goal, he says, is to encourage cities and provinces to enact smart regulations for ride-sharing. Regulations that ensure consumer protection and safety while letting an “innovative new service” grow.