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2018 Keynote Speakers



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

Mental Health: Reducing the Stigma, Increasing Support

Neil is the New York Times bestselling Canadian author of “The Book of Awesome” and “The Happiness Equation”, an award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world. He is “a pied piper of happiness” who dazzles audiences with his ideas and applicable frameworks. Neil gives voice to those suffering and to people who find themselves supporting those in need. With infectious enthusiasm, heartfelt authenticity, and a “what works” authority, Neil draws on the latest research in happiness to increase individual performance and create a more positive and productive workplace.

Watch the video as Neil Pasricha discusses how our outlook on life impacts our experiences.



Johann Hari - Bestselling Author and Journalist

Rethinking Addiction: Social Recovery in the Age of Loneliness

Johann is the author of The New York Times bestselling book “Chasing the Scream”, the product of his four-year, 12-country, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. He implores that we need to pursue a radically different approach to addicts, abandoning conventional cycles of shame, stigma, and incarceration, and instead adopting greater capacities of compassion. “So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety,” Hari writes. “It is human connection.”

Watch the video as Johann Hari investigates the countries that have witnessed incredible success by accepting these findings: plummeting rates of drug use, addiction, violent crime, overdoses, and more.

Interview following Johann Hari’s keynote address.


2018 Speakers 


Dr. Stéphane Bouchard, Spencer Murch 

From Pamphlets to VR: Using Technology to Better Understand Players


Dr. Irwin Cohen, Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky, Paul Pellizzari, Dr. Trudy Smit Quosai 

What is the Role of Industry in Gambling Research?


Dr. Jon Kelly

What does Responsible Gambling look like in a Post Compliance Era? (watch video)


Dr. Brett Abarbanel, Tim Miller, Dr. Nigel Turner

Research Trends That Will Shape Our Future


Dr. Cornelia Weiman MD, FRCPC

Community Session: First Nations Perspective on Health and Wellness (watch video)


Monica Bohm, Alan Feldman, Bev Mehmel

From Paper to Practice: Challenges with Applying the Research (watch video)


Rob Gazzola, Michael Koo, Michelle Shewell

Bridging the Gap: Removing Barriers to Help


Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky, Tim Miller 

The Impact of Technology: The New Risk to Youth


Sonja Mandic, Tracy Parker, Mark Vander Linden

Players Playing Smarter (watch video)


Dr. Kirstin Appelt, Dr. Bo J. Bernhard, Johann Hari

Beyond Informed Choice: Influencing Player Behaviour


Dr. Luke Clark, Blaine Graboyes

Skill-based EGMs: New RG Challenges


Rick Hutchins, Chuck Keeling, Mark Vander Linden

RG Culture: What is it and how do we get it? (watch video)