Canadian Gaming Summit

The Canadian Gaming Summit — the country’s premier gaming and betting event — will host a conference with an unrivalled line-up of speakers handpicked by SBC.

The Leaders conference track, which will take place on June 14 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, is one particular highlight of the event’s 26th edition, with a spotlight to be placed on the most influential decision-makers, thought leaders and innovators in the Canadian gaming industry.

Attendees will gain insights from Canada’s most successful operators, including representatives from PointsBet, BetMGM, Kindred, and FanDuel. Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear directly from regulators and exchange ideas with peers.

The opening panel of the Leaders conference track will delve into Canada’s potential to become an international hub for igaming innovation. Scott Vanderwel (CEO, PointsBet Canada), Amanda Brewer (Country Manager Canada, Kindred), Dale Hooper (General Manager Canada, FanDuel) and Scott Woodgate (VP Canada, BetMGM) will explore how Canada can leverage its status as a well-established tech hub to emerge as a global centre for igaming innovation.

Drawing upon their experiences as established operators who were among the first to obtain legal operator titles in the Canadian market, the panellists will compare Canada’s situation with that of US states and discuss how local operators can compete with larger organisations for market share. In addition, they will discuss the prospects of regulatory collaboration across jurisdictions, and examine the potential of other provinces outside Ontario to chart a course. 

Elsewhere, regulators will reflect on the key takeaways from the opening of the province, and explore how these lessons can be applied to other provinces and territories. The panel will feature Martha Otton, Executive Director of iGaming Ontario, a subsidiary of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, and Tom Mungham, Chief Executive Officer of the AGCO.

The panellists will examine how various provinces across Canada can collaborate and align on best practices and expansion tactics, and analyse the accuracy of the predictions that were made when the market opened, drawing on first-hand experience.

The closing keynote fireside chat will feature Ray Pineault (CEO, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment) and Ilkim Hincer (EVP & Chief Legal Officer, Hard Rock International).

Here, the pair will explore the convergence of igaming, land-based gaming and provincial lotteries and elaborate on how the established businesses can capitalise on their knowledge by translating their core values to digital platforms. The speakers will also discuss the importance of partnerships with regulators and First Nations, and the potential of simultaneously fulfilling the needs of various audience clusters through omnichannel experiences.

Rasmus Sojmark, CEO & Founder of SBC, said: “There’s a lot to learn in Canada, especially since Ontario became the first province in Canada to regulate online gambling, legalizing what was previously a grey market.

“Ontario’s regulation of online gambling has set the stage for the Canadian gaming industry’s growth and has already provided valuable insights that could be applicable to other provinces and territories in Canada. 

“There are no better candidates to educate the industry on the potential and the lessons learned than industry leaders representing some of the biggest players in the region and the regulatory bodies who hold registered operators to high standards of responsible gambling, player protection, and game integrity. We’re excited to host some industry titans who will share their insights with the audience.”

There will be three conference stages running simultaneously at the Canadian Gaming Summit. The first stage will host the following tracks: Leaders and Land-Based on June 14 and Growth and Leadership on June 15, while the second stage will house Sports Betting and Affiliates and Advertising. The third stage will focus on igaming and payments and compliance.

Visit the Canadian Gaming Summit website to access the conference agenda and purchase your tickets at the Early Bird discount of CA$795, a CA$200 saving from the regular full event ticket price. The Early bird deal expires on April 14, 2023.

Operators and affiliates with an interest in the Canadian gambling market can register for free. To qualify, operators must fill in this form, while affiliates need to fill in their information at the following link.

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