"Where the Canadian Gaming Industry Meets"


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

10:25am – 11:10am

Horse Racing in Ontario in 2018 – Changes to The Industry

Theatre A


While horse racing is enjoyed across the country and is hosted in 9 of the 10 provinces, the industry is largest in Ontario, which has more tracks hosting live horse racing and more race dates than in any other province. This year sees significant changes in horse racing in Ontario. A new industry representative is established for Standardbred racing. Industry support programs are being reviewed to ensure the future of the sport in Ontario. New opportunities for growth continue to be identified. At the same time, there is no lack of opinion on changes to the sport to ensure its future in Ontario.


The panelists will address how they think the industry is changing, what they think needs to be changed about the industry and what they think is needed, within reason, to move the industry to where it needs to go to ensure its health in Ontario, from their perspective as part of the industry. 

Craig Slater - General Counsel & Director of Legal Services, Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario


Mike Chopowick - Executive Director (Acting), Ontario Racing

Katherine Curry - Vice President, Legal & Compliance, Woodbine Entertainment Group

Cal Bricker - Senior Vice President, Horse Racing, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

10:25am – 11:10am

Enabling Digital Transformation in an Omni-Channel World

Ballroom A


Digital transformation is a popular topic as Operators prepare to offer content across channels to appeal to a broad base of players.  This topic will cover the digital transformation undertaken by ALC in partnership with Scientific Games.  Areas of focus are preparation, execution and ultimately how to engage players in an omni-channel world



Walter Eisele - SVP and CTO Lottery, Scientific Games

Byron Bridger - Director of Marketing, ALC

11:15am – 12:00pm

Update on Sports Betting Research

Theatre A


This special session, brought to you by The Innovation Group, will review the state of sports wagering in Canada and the US, and draw comparisons to worldwide markets. Regulation, taxation, operations, and implementation will be discussed. We will also offer insights into player behaviour and preferences gained from The Innovation Group’s 2018 Sports Betting Survey.



Larry Flynn - President, 2 Vice Advice Inc.

Brian Wyman, PH.D. - Principal Consultant, Innovation Analytics

3:05pm - 3:50pm

Presented by Global Gaming Women: How Collaboration Leverages the Opportunities Technology Brings to Casino Operations

Theatre A

Panelists from various roles will discuss their various challenges and opportunities in implementing technology-related programs and products and collectively discuss why it is critical to have collaboration from all groups for maximum results. 


Helen MacMillan - Board Member of Global Gaming Women


Carrie Kormos - SVP, Marketing - Gateway Casinos and Entertainment

Karen Gray - Director, Corporate Marketing and Engangment, BCLC

Cath Burns - SVP Gaming Systems

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