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Dear friends and colleagues,

We all come from the gambling industry with different perspectives, but one thing is certain: we share the same purpose – to make gambling safer. This is why I’m excited about the new and bold program we have planned for the New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference, March 12-14, 2019, in Vancouver. It will inspire discussion and new learnings as we explore everything from mental health and harm reduction, to responsible gambling solutions and measuring real impact.  

As the organization responsible for conducting and managing regulated gambling in British Columbia, we focus on player health and informed decision making for all of our players. This mindset translates to the programming we offer, the research we support and the initiatives we champion. This includes licensing our award-winning GameSense program to other jurisdictions to benefit more players, launching a new budgeting tool for slots and expanding our GameSense Advisor staff and services to all gambling facilities across the province.

We also know that we need to continuously keep pace in the dynamic world, and industry, we work in. That’s why we host New Horizons. We embrace a fresh, open-minded perspective of the social and mental health challenges facing all of us, including our players. The more we listen, the more we learn, and the better our approach to addressing gambling-related harms and cultivating the best tools and supports.

It is my distinct pleasure to share details of our two keynote speakers this year – prepare to be inspired!

  •  Lieutenant-General (ret) Roméo Dallaire: Leadership expert, international champion of human rights and award-winning author, Romeo will speak about changing the dialogue around mental health issues, and share his approach to focusing on finding solutions rather than the problems to move the needle on success.
  • Craig Kielburger: Acclaimed speaker, activist, WE Day founder and bestselling author, Craig will speak about embedding purpose into your business as a key to improving employee engagement, increasing profit and, most of all, driving positive impact.

The 2019 conference will also present ample opportunity to hear from researchers, industry experts and frontline staff on new and relevant issues such as: sports betting; cannabis impairment and appropriate response; responsible gambling commitments and strategies; and ways to encourage positive play behaviour.

I encourage you to register now for what will undoubtedly be a top-notch industry event, held at B.C.’s newest casino resort, JW Marriott hotel at Parq Vancouver. Our staff is working hard to ensure guests and delegates enjoy two informative, entertaining days of insightful discussion and connection with the best of the best in the fields of mental health, corporate social responsibility and responsible gambling.

See you there!

Jim Lightbody, BCLC President & CEO