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January 17, 2014

Canadian Gaming Association Highlights the Importance of CSR Education

The Canadian Gaming Association and Canadian Gaming Summit are proud to support BCLC’s New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference as a premium sponsor. The responsible gambling industry is continually evolving and the advancement of best practices at conferences such as New Horizons or the Canadian Gaming Summit remains important to sustain a healthy industry.

As thought leaders from various gaming sectors, disciplines and regions unite, education in responsible gambling (RG) becomes the common denominator. We all come to learn. In fact, that’s why sponsorship of the New Horizons conference provides such a strategic link for the Canadian Gaming Association and Canadian Gaming Summit. The Canadian Gaming Summit also prides itself in offering a comprehensive educational program that covers a wide array of gaming topics presented by industry leaders, a key focus of which is RG.

This year’s Summit takes place June 23 – 25, 2014, also at the Vancouver Convention Centre. It will look to build upon RG sessions from last year — as well as insights gained from the New Horizons conference — covering topics such as partnerships for player protection and how to effectively apply RG principles.

Partnerships and collaboration are an important part of advancing RG learning and putting the player first. Last year’s Summit, for example, featured Ron Gallaway, Senior Director of Bally Technologies, and Paul Smith, BCLC’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, who co-presented “Protecting Players, Working Together.” The session examined how operators and manufactures work together to create parameters for gaming systems which can help protect players. 

Applying our learning is the next, but often tricky, part of the RG education journey. To help us along the path, last year’s Summit hosted the Responsible Gambling Council’s COO, Kevin Noel, and the VP of Legal and Compliance from Caesars Windsor, Carolyn Marcotte, who together provided an overview of the RG Check accreditation program — an independent assessment of a facility’s responsible gambling safety net.

We look forward to hearing about these topics and more at the end of the month during the New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference. For anyone who is keen to continue the conversation, we warmly invite you to come back to Vancouver in June for the Canadian Gaming Summit. The 2014 lineup of sessions are still being developed. If you are an experienced speaker on this gaming industry topic and have a good solution or success story, we welcome your proposal. You may review the Summit’s Guidelines and Submit a Proposal online. The submission deadline is January 31, 2014. For more information, please visit


See you at New Horizons!