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New Horizons 2018 Agenda



  Tuesday February 13, 2018

  4:00pm – 7:00pm

  Registration and Guest Services Open

  5:00pm – 7:00pm

  Welcome Reception

  Wednesday, February 14, 2018

  7:00am – 5:00pm

  Registration and Guest Services Open

  8:00am – 9:00am

  Networking Breakfast

  9:00am – 9:15am

  Welcome & Opening Remarks

  9:15am – 10:30am

  Session 1: Keynote Address

  Mental Health: Reducing the Stigma, Increasing Support

  Neil Pasricha, Bestselling Author and Director of the Institute for Global Happiness

  10:30am – 11:00am

  Networking Break

  11:00am – 12:00pm

  Session 2A:

  From Pamphlets to VR: Using Technology to        Better Understand Players

  Stéphane Bouchard, Université du Québec

  Spencer Murch, Centre for Gambling Research at      UBC


  Session 2B:

  What is the Role of Industry in Gambling                      Research?   

   Irwin Cohen, University of the Fraser Valley

   Jeffrey Derevensky, International Centre for Youth           Gambling

   Paul Pellizzari, Ontario Lottery and Gaming                     Corporation

   Trudy Smit Quosai, Gambling Research Exchange           Ontario



  12:00pm – 1:00pm


  1:00pm – 2:00pm

  Plenary Session

  What Does RG Look Like in a Post Compliance Era?

  Jon Kelly, Kelly, Inc.

  2:15pm – 3:15pm

  Session 3A:

  Research Trends That Will Shape Our Future  

  Brett Abarbanel, University of Nevada, Las Vegas      Gaming Institute

  Tim Miller, Gambling Commission

  Nigel Turner, Centre for Addiction and Mental            Health



  Session 3B:

  Community Session: First Nations Perspective on      Health and Wellness

  Joe Gallagher, First Nations Health Authority

  3:15pm – 3:45pm

  Networking Break

  3:45pm – 4:45pm

  Session 4A:

  From Paper to Practice: Challenges with                Applying the Research

  Monica Bohm, BC Lottery Corporation

  Alan Feldman, MGM Resorts International

  Bev Mehmel, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries 

  Workshop 4B:

  Bridging the Gap: Removing Barriers to Help  

  Rob Gazzola, BC Responsible & Problem Gambling        Program

  Michael Koo, BC Responsible & Problem Gambling          Program

  Michelle Shewell, BC Responsible & Problem                  Gambling Program


  5:00pm – 7:00pm

  Networking Reception  

  Thursday, February 15, 2018

  8:00am – 9:00am

  Networking Breakfast

  9:00am – 9:15am

  Opening Remarks

  9:15am – 10:15am

  Session 5: Keynote address

  Rethinking Addiction: Social Recovery in the Age of Loneliness

  Johann Hari, Bestselling Author and Journalist

  10:15am – 11:00am

  Networking Break & Poster Session   

  11:00am – 12:00pm

  Session 6A:

  The Impact of Technology: The New Risk to          Youth

  Jeffrey Derevensky, International Centre for Youth      Gambling 

  Tim Miller, Gambling Commission


  Session 6B:

  Players Playing Smarter

  Sonja Mandic, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation

  Tracy Parker, Ontario Lottery and Gaming                        Corporation

  Mark Vander Linden, Massachusetts Gaming                    Commission


 12:00pm – 1:00pm

  Luncheon and Poster Award Presentation   

  1:00pm – 2:00pm

  Plenary Panel

  Beyond Informed Choice: Influencing Player Behaviour

  Kirstin Appelt, UBC Sauder School of Business 

  Bo J. Bernhard, International Gaming Institute

  Johann Hari, Bestselling Author and Journalist

  2:00pm – 2:15pm

  Refreshment Break

  2:15pm – 3:15pm

  Session 7A:

  Skill-based EGMs: New RG Challenges

  Luke Clark, Centre for Gambling Research at UBC

  Blaine Graboyes, GameCo, Inc.


  Session 7B:

  RG Culture: What is it and How Do We Get it?

  Rick Hutchins, MGM Resorts International

  Chuck Keeling, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation

  Mark Vander Linden, Massachusetts Gaming                    Commission