The View Issue 175

Charitable Gaming - THE VIEW

1292 – Community Gaming Conference - 2016

1293 – $C100 Raised for Charities

1294 – Communication Initiative

1295 – Responsible Gaming

1296 – Save the Day - Golf 2016

1297 – BOT-Development Fund Initiative

1298 – Leveraging Suppliers/Vendors - Built-In Knowledge

1299 – People on the Move

1300 – General Members Meeting

1292 – Community Gaming Conference - 2016

This important event is fast approaching. If you have not signed up for the conference, I would greatly encourage you to do so as soon as possible. If you are connected to Charitable Gaming in any fashion, this conference is for you.

The success of any conference is solely down to the engagement and participation of the delegates and thus joining in the conversation is critical to the overall value you will take away. Come join us.

www.communitygamingconference.ca

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1293 – $C100 Raised for Charities

As we enter the tenth (10) year of c-Gaming [dating back to the pilots] in this province, an equally important milestone was triggered when we reached the $C100m mark and counting for Charities across the province. This is a remarkable achievement in anyone’s book and to acknowledge this success there will be a formal presentation on the 4th February 2016 at the Boardwalk Gaming Centre – Barrie, where a formal cheque will be presented.

Come join us on the 4th February to share this celebration.

1294 – Communication Initiative

The CGAO has engaged Edelman Communication Group to undertake an initiative with the CGAO to highlight and showcase the tremendous value that Commercial Operators and Suppliers (our Members) bring to the success of Charitable Gaming, not only since the c-Gaming but through the rich history of the sector of over 40yrs of partnership.

This is likely to be completed by the end of March 2016, when we will share its content with interested parties.

1295 – Responsible Gaming

We continue to remain focused on the importance that Social Responsibility plays within our new business model. It has been greatly encouraging to hear from our partner RG-C, who has stated that our Centres and staff are very supportive and engaged in promoting RG initiatives in the Centres.

With over 60,000 touch points and climbing, something must be going right and we continue to work constructively in a balanced approach to this area.

It is also exciting to hear that the OLG Team will shortly be launching its new brand for RG ‘Play Smart,which is reflective of the environment and today’s needs. This is a good step and something we should embrace and support.

1296 – Save the Day - Golf 2016

Just wanted to give you some advance notice that the CGAO Golf Day 2016 is scheduled for Thursday, 2nd June 2016. It will be held at the Springfield Golf & Country Club, Guelph, Ontario.

I am pleased that Mr. Peter Howard – (CGAO) Director, has offered his services again to head up our Golf Committee. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

1297 – BOT-Development Fund Initiative

Just as a way of a quick update, the BOT-DF will likely be producing a report on the recent project undertaken in the Southwest Region of the province. There have been many interesting and valuable lessons to be gained from this project. The most important has been the new methods of connectivity to potential or future consumers.

The focus of this project was about awareness and profiling BOT’s in the community and connecting the main beneficiaries (Charities) to the product and purchase experience. Early indicators suggest that was achieved. Once we have a complete report we will share it with all our members.

1298 – Leveraging Suppliers/Vendors - Built-In Knowledge

I would bring to member’s attention the tremendous resources that are available to you if you only reach out and seek them. Our Suppliers/Vendors have a lot of knowledge to assist you in some of your business objectives.

For example, Pollard Games is a large company in the Breakopen Ticket & Bingo Manufacturing sector. Combined with this it deals in other promotional materials that are certainly worth looking into. Led in Ontario by Mr. Mark Newman, this is a service minded company and I would encourage you to speak directly with Mark on what Pollard can offer your business.

The same goes for the various other key industry suppliers we have access to. I have listed below some key suppliers.

Mr. Jim McLean
Arrow Games (Canada)
(T) 905-321-5488
(E) jmclean@tradeproducts.com

Mr. Mark Newman
Pollard Games, Inc.
(T) 289-213-5044
(E) mark.newman@pollardgames.com

Mr. Peter Speck
Bazaar Marketing
(T) 905-688-7755
(E) pspeck@bazaarmarketing.com

Mr. Peter Howard
Diamond Game
(T) 416-930-2158
(E) pspeck@bazaarmarketing.com

1299 – People on the Move

There have been numerous appointments since the last View and I list the ones I have knowledge of for your reference.

 Mr. Michael Magli                              - Appointed to c-Gaming Team as Senior Manager – Product Portfolio (OLG), reporting to Ms. Diane Gartshore.

Ms. Hemah Shanmugam                 - Appointed to Governance Analyst at CoE within the OLG and as a result will be leaving the c-Gaming Team.

Mr. Andrew LaCroix                          - Appointed as Executive Director-Operations for Great Canadian Gaming, heading up the Ontario (Eastern) Slot/Casino business, branded shoreline.

I am sure you will join me in congratulating the above on their new appointments and wish them every success in their new jobs/functions.

1300 – General Members Meeting

Our next General Members Meeting will be held in Toronto as indicated below.       

DATE: 16th February 2016
DAY: Tuesday
TIME: 10:00am to 1:00pm
LOCATION: Holiday Inn (Airport East) Hotel (600 Dixon Road)
ROOM: Centennial B
REFRESHMENTS: Light Snacks & Coffee

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