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2019 Keynote Speakers



Lt. Gen. (ret) The Honorable Roméo Dallaire - Canadian Humanitarian

The Invisible Wounds of Mental Health

Due to the PTSD he suffered from the horrors of the genocide, Lieutenant-General (ret) Roméo Dallaire was medically released from the military in 2000. Since then, Dallaire has worked tirelessly in shaping the dialogue within public discourse to create a momentum towards tangible solutions on mental health issues. He speaks with compassion and insight on how the challenges and disagreements on treating mental illness can affect all of us. As mental health wounds are not always visible on the exterior, Dallaire speaks on how much more needs to be done so that those suffering in silence cannot just survive, but thrive.

Like many mental health illnesses, problem gambling can be an invisible wound resulting from a greater injury or problem. Be inspired and re-ignite your purpose as Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire shares his approach to focusing on finding solutions rather than the problems to move the needle on success.

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Craig Kielburger - Social Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of the WE Organization

How Your Company Can Profit from Purpose

What if we told you that "doing good, was doable?" Join us at the New Horizons in Responsible Gambling Conference as internationally acclaimed speaker, social entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author, Craig Kielburger, shows us how to drive positive impact while changing the world.

Drawn from his latest book WEconomy, Kielburger will share his innovative approach to bringing together purpose and profit to inspire, engage, and challenge organizations within the gambling industry to rethink how they operate and create meaningful impacts. Craig's time spent with megastars like Oprah Winfrey, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and Sir Richard Branson, has allowed him to see their purposeful and highly successful business strategies up-close, and he has applied those lessons-learned to help organizations such as KPMG, Unilever, and Microsoft deepen their sense of purpose.

Recognized for his humanitarian work and activism, Kielburger has received numerous accolades, such as the Nelson Mandela Human Rights Award, the Medal of Meritorious Service, the World Economic Forum Global Leaders of Tomorrow Award, and more.

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2019 Speakers 


Dr. Luke Clark, Madison Stange, Dr. Mariya Cherkasova, Gabriel Brooks

New Investigators: The Next Generation of Research in Gamification. (Brooks - slide presentation) (Cherkasova slide presentation) (Stange slide presentation


Dr. David Hodgins, Sarah Hamid-Balma

Comorbidity and Mental Health First Aid. (Hamid-Balma slide presentation) (Hodgins slide presentation


Laura Piva-Babcock, Dr. Jamie Wiebe, Lyndsay Wright, Dean Hestermann

Owning It: The Industry’s Shift in Responsible Gambling


Dr. Kahlil Philander

Buy, Sell, Hold: Where to Invest Your Research Dollars. (Philander slide presentation


Paul Newson

Shaking Up Sports Betting: Insights into ‘Betiquette’ Campaign. (Newson slide presentation


Paul Smith, Ryan Persaud, Dr. Richard Wood, Bev Mehmel

A Deeper Dive into Positive Play Strategies. (Smith - slide presentation


Jakob Jonsson

Contacting High Spending Gamblers. (Jonsson slide presentation


Dr. Kathleen Vohs

Self-Control and Decision Making as Limited Resources: Implications for Healthy Gambling Choices. (Vohs slide presentation


Janine Robinson, Darren Groth

Frontline Workers: Training Up the Industry’s Key Culture Creators. (Groth slide presentation) (Robinson slide presentation


Judith Glynn, Jean Major, Dr. Rielle Capler, James Wigmore

Clearing the Haze: Cannabis Impairment and Operator Responsibility as Cannabis Legalization Spreads. (Glynn slide presentation


Katy Yam

Artificial Intelligence and its Potential for Responsible Gambling. (Yam slide presentation


Don Feeney

National Gambling Attitude and Experience Survey. (Feeney slide presentation