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Top Industry Figures Head to Canadian Gaming Summit

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On June 14 and 15, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre will host this year’s Canadian Gaming Summit. Several big name operators and regulators are participating this year including British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Ontario Lottery & Gaming, and The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

Due to the system in Canada, with the government creating provincial crown corporations, a number of organizations, such as the BCLC and OLC, find themselves in the unusual situation of both running a lottery and being their own provincial regulator.

At the upcoming Summit, representatives from these corporations will be discussing this situation and how it has helped them thrive in the Canadian gaming market. There will also be panel discussions on a range of subjects such as Canadian Law, First Nations business models, technology, player protections, and more.

The Summit will begin with opening remarks by President and CEO of Ontario Lottery & Gaming, Duncan Hannay. He will be introducing attendees to both lotteries and regulators, and the work they do.

The opening keynote panel is titled, “Collaborating for the Canadian gamer: comparing provincial models on compliance, RG, licensing and more”, and will be led by representatives from Lotteries and Gaming Saskatchewan and BCLC.

A highlight of the second day will be a keynote fireside chat led by SIGA representatives Patricia Cook (Vice President of Corporate Affairs) and Desiree Gervais (Vice President of Human Resources). They will discuss “First Nations partnerships: the SIGA model in action” and go into detail about how regulatory frameworks can be used to boost growth, innovation, and player enjoyment.

Despite the Canadian gaming landscape evolving so dramatically over the years, Crown Corporations have remained a staple of the industry. With many provinces taking different approaches to regulation, the Canadian landscape offers a unique perspective that many attendees can learn from as more provincial markets emerge.

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Across the remaining panels, attendees will have the chance to hear from people including Doug Downey (Attorney General of Ontario), Martha Otton (Executive Director, iGaming Ontario) and Dave Forestell (Board Chair, iGaming Ontario).

There will also be the chance to hear from AGCO and OLG officials. As such, it promises to be a fascinating two days with numerous opportunities to learn from key figures in the Canadian industry.

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