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Paul Pellizzari | 2017 Speakers




Paul Pellizzari is Executive Director of Social Responsibility at Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), where he leads the responsible gambling (RG) and environmental sustainability programs. He is also Chair of the Canadian Responsible Gambling Association, an industry association of provincial gaming providers. In 2014, OLG’s Responsible Gambling program received the World Lottery Association’s award as the top RG program of its kind in the world.
Prior to joining OLG, Mr. Pellizzari worked in public policy for the Province of Ontario, and in the private sector he has been a research director at EthicScan Canada and a communications professional at J. Walter Thompson and Noranda Inc. He is the author of two books and many articles on corporate social responsibility, and is currently adjunct faculty at the Queen’s University Smith School of Business.

Throughout his career he has worked with all orders of government, the United Nations and with international, national, and local not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Pellizzari’s volunteer work has included serving as a director on the boards of not-for-profit organizations, leading efforts to improve neighbourhood conditions, and support for the homeless.

Mr. Pellizzari holds a Master of Arts (l’Université de Montréal), an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Toronto/Queen’s) and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Queen’s).

Casinos in Local Communities: Experiences and Outcomes

Casinos can have both positive and negative impacts on their host local governments and surrounding communities. For any region going through expansion, a number of questions are therefore raised: How does a gambling facility impact the local economy? What social issues can emerge? What is the process for consultation and approval? Our exclusive panelists include an activist, a regulator, an operator and a public health specialist, all of whom will share their unique experiences and perspectives on topics such as: gaining public support for a gambling facility; assessing economic and public health impacts; and changing needs with respect to community and stakeholder relations.