Dear friends and colleagues,
How can gender, culture and ethnic background affect a gambler’s behaviour? Does access to game information lead to changes in play? What are the impacts of social media on gambling? What’s new in the world of skill-based gambling?
These are just some of the questions and topics that will take centre stage at the fifth annual New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference, February 20-22, 2017. New Horizons presents a world class opportunity to expand our awareness and share the latest research into problem and responsible gambling, all in the beautiful west coast setting of Vancouver, B.C.
I am honoured to welcome Margaret Trudeau, mother of Canada’s current Prime Minister, as our keynote speaker this year. Renowned for her advocacy for reducing the social stigma of mental illness and her candid, honest approach, she will speak about her personal story and struggles with mental health.
Madame Trudeau’s presentation is especially relevant as BCLC endeavours to address harm reduction in its corporate strategy and in the products and services it provides. We recognize public health supports are a key component of the continuum of care required for those in our community who struggle with addiction, including problem gambling.
It is a great privilege to host many of the leading experts and researchers in the international responsible and problem gambling field as we celebrate New Horizons’ fifth anniversary. As previous attendees will attest, the conference’s learning and networking opportunities are exceptional – join us for this milestone year to see how we raise the bar once again.
On behalf of all of us at BCLC, I encourage you to take part, either as a delegate, presenter or sponsor, and join a growing community of industry professionals, treatment providers, researchers, educators, and prevention specialists dedicated to new research, learnings, and approaches to the ever-dynamic realm of responsible gambling.
Jim Lightbody, BCLC President & CEO