"Where the Canadian Gaming Industry Meets"


Legal & Regulatory Track Educational Program Sponsor

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

10:25am - 11:10am

First Nations – Indigenous Gaming Regulatory Issues, Challenges and Potential Frameworks

Ballroom C

Indigenous regulation - what could it look like? This panel will review Indigenous regulation of gaming from a practical perspective, examining how it could work based on past experiences and potential.

Donald Bourgeois - Principal, Gaming & Regulation Group Inc.



Professor Kathryn Rand - Dean, School of Law, University of North Dakota 

Professor Steven Light - Dean, College of Business and Public Administration
Murray Marshall - General Counsel, Kahnawake Gaming Commission
Matt Jamieson - Chief Executive Officer, Six Nations of the Grand River Economic Development Corporation
Pat Brett - General Manager, Golden Eagle and Gaming File Lead, Wauzhushk Onigum Nation
Gary White - Senior Manager, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

11:15am - 12:00pm

21st Century Responsible Gaming – Marijuana Impairment, Self-Exclusion and Duty of Care

Ballroom C

The vast majority of people who gamble do so responsibly. While the percentage of people who develop problem gambling issues is not large, the impact of those issues upon the minority that suffers from them may be severe, and responsible actors in the industry have long agreed that this merits a proactive response.  With that in mind, this panel will address emerging issues in the promotion of Responsible Gambling, consider how gaming industry professionals and regulators should prepare to address them, and review recent developments in the law concerning the circumstances in which gaming venues may be liable for the negative impact of problem gambling. Topics will include:


  • Social Media and RG – How do social media campaigns change behaviour? What does an effective Responsible Gambling promotion campaign look like?

  • Game Design:  Implementing RG initiatives in VLT environments. Characterizing game features, including those features associated with harmful impacts

  • Player Incentives:  Can the practice of providing players with incentives to generate casino revenue be done in a manner that is consistent with the goals of Responsible Gambling?

  • Cannabis Use and Responsible Gambling

Kevin Weber - Partner, Dickinson Wright LLP


Shelley White - CEO, Responsible Gaming Council

Judith Glynn - Principal, Strategic Science 

3:05pm - 3:50pm

The Legal Dilemma of Daily Fantasy Sports

Ballroom C

Fantasy sports leagues and, in particular, daily fantasy sports leagues ("DFS") have been the subject of significant debate in many countries, including Canada and the United States for a number of years. DFS sits on the boundary between legal sports competitions and illegal gambling. While its place on one side of that boundary or the other is a continuing point of dispute in some jurisdictions, other jurisdictions have moved forward and chosen to regulate and tax DFS as a legal form of entertainment.


The panel will briefly review the nature of the legal dilemma in various jurisdictions and then move on to a review and discussion of the means by which governments of a number of countries and U.S. states have chosen to regulate DFS.

Danielle Bush - Partner, Miller Thomson


Jeffery Haas - CIO, Draft Kings Inc.

3:55pm - 4:40pm

Financing Technology Companies in Canada: Legal Issues, Steps to Success, Approval Processes, and Funding Methods

Ballroom C

The gaming industry has undergone significant corporate and business restructuring over the course of the past year, including the addition of new entrants, the consolidation of existing participants, and the expansion and refinancing of a broad group of entities. Both public and private financing has played a key role in these events. A panel of individuals, representing lenders, borrowers and other industry experts will address the current and future state of gaming business financing, providing a unique perspective on related issues. 


Peter Czegledy - Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP


Michael Kogan - Managing Director, Investment Banking, Cannacord Genuity

Joel Simkins - Managing Director, Suntrust Robinson Humphrey 

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

10:45am - 11:30am

Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Making Sense of it All

Ballroom C

The collection, storage and analysis of data and the ability to manipulate it to the benefit of participants in the gaming industry (whether they be regulators, operators or customers), has increasingly become the dominant element underpinning who succeeds and who does not. The introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will both simplify and complicate this pursuit. A distinguished panel, which will include a range of industry experts, will seek to provide answers to a host of key questions from critical perspectives.

Peter Czegledy - Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP


Craig Slater – General Counsel, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

Simo Dragicevic – CEO, BetBuddy at Playtech

Charles Ling – Professor, University of Western Ontario

11:35am - 12:20pm

The Life and Times of Gaming Regulators

Ballroom C


This interesting panel discussion will focus on and analyze the everyday problems and issues that confront gaming regulators. The specific topics will include how regulators deal with anti-money laundering issues, whether E-sports should be regulated, challenges presented by new legislation such as regulation of marijuana and impact on gaming, what can be done about offshore i-Gaming operators who take bets from Canada and whether advancements in technology will affect regulation.



Michael D. Lipton Q.C. –Partner, Dickinson Wright LLP


Rick Josephson - Chief Executive Officer, Liquor & Gaming Authority of Manitoba

Tom Mungham - Chief Operating Officer, Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario

Gayle Cameron - Commissioner, Massachusetts Gaming Commission

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