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We would like to thank the many prominent industry experts who addressed a broad range of relevant topics during the 2019 Summit Charitable Gaming sessions.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Charitable Gaming Partnership

Salon 12 | 10:15 am – 11:05 am


Charitable gaming is a unique partnership between charities, government, and gaming operators. Each year, more than 50,000 charitable gaming licenses are issued across Canada, generating hundreds of millions of dollars for Canadian charities. This session will examine the impact of charitable gaming across the country and how the sector can build a strong foundation for the future.


  • Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director, OCGA | Presentation (PDF) Bio

  • Peter McMahon, CEO, CGAO 

The Modern Community / Charitable Gaming Centre

Salon 12 | 11:30 am – 12:20 pm

Charitable gaming is constantly competing for consumers’ entertainment dollars, so when it comes to creating the modern gaming centre, we have to offer more than just gaming. This session will examine what investments charitable gaming is making beyond the gaming floor to deliver a quality entertainment experience.


  • Peter McMahon, CEO, CGAO (Moderator)

  • Francois-Patrick Allard, Managing Director of Marketing and Community Gaming, Lotto-Quebec

I Believe in Charitable Gaming

Salon 12 | 1:30 pm – 2:20 pm

Charitable gaming can be defined "as a form of incentivized giving where a charity, rather than a government or private casino, oversees gambling activities such as bingo, roulette, table games, slot machines, raffles and lotteries and uses the proceeds to further its charitable aims." 


In the next 5-10 years,  charitable gaming will see profound changes in how charities can raise money for good causes.  New technologies, devices, games, virtual currencies, government regulations, enhanced consumer protection and Know Your Customer standards will create significant opportunities as well as present existential threats to the entire charitable gaming sector.  Come to this session for a candid discussion on what the future holds for this important industry. 



  • Terry Debono, Partner, The Debono Group | Bio

The Gaming Product Mix

Salon 12 | 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm


Thanks to technological improvements and regulatory modernization, new product opportunities are opening up for charitable gaming across Canada. In this session, panelists will highlight new products and how charitable gaming can compete in a mature and diverse gaming market.


  • Peter McMahon, CEO, CGAO (Moderator)

  • Bill Sidhu, Director of Business Development of Gaming, CBNC | Bio

  • Chad Helm, Regional Director of Sales, IGT | Bio

  • Eric Casey, General Sales Manager, Planet Bingo | Bio

  • Peter Howard, Senior Director Sales and Business Development, Diamond Game (Canada)

  • Rick Sleaver, Grover Gaming

  • Roger Ooms, Manager of Sales, EMAX Gaming | Bio

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

E Raffles & Emerging Technologies

Salon 12 | 11:15 am – 12:05 pm

Regulatory changes are creating expanded opportunities for charities to enter the eRaffle space, as opportunities for new and innovative electronic raffles spread across the country.


This session will examine emerging technologies and how charities can take advantage of them to raise additional funds and expand awareness. We will also discuss the Canadian regulatory landscape for eRaffles.


  • Sam Goodwin, Policy Advisor, OCGA (Moderator) | Bio

  • Kirk Arends, Executive Director Business Development, Lottery and Gaming, Canadian Bank Note Company Limited | Bio

  • Leslie Fenton, Senior Manager- Strategic Policy, AGCO | Bio

  • Shane Simmons, Senior Vice President, Chief Business Officer, Stride Management Corp.

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