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Staff Directory

Under the management of the CEO, the Responsible Gambling Council is organized into four departments:

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Jon Kelly, Ph.D

 

Chief Executive Officer
jonk [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2060
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Jon Kelly has been the CEO of the Responsible Gambling Council since 1998. Under his leadership, RGC has shaped responsible gambling best practices that influence gambling practice world-wide. In 2016, he received the Canadian Gaming Industry Leadership and Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Gaming Association. He also sits on the Advisory Panel of Gambling Safeguards for the Government of Singapore and is regularly invited to speak on a wide variety of RG topics at conferences and seminars around the world.

Arlene Youkanna

Executive Assistant
arleney [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2063

Jennifer Iveson

Manager, Communications and Policy
jenniferi [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2072

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Research and Development

Jamie Wiebe, Ph.D.

Director, Research and Development

jamiew [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2070
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Jamie Wiebe first joined RGC in 2000 as Director of Research, and then returned in 2009 as Director of the RGC Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices, and is now the director of research and development. In her role as director, Dr. Wiebe provides strategic direction, guides the design, analysis and interpretation of projects and is responsible for content development. 

Her background includes owner and principal of Factz Research Inc. and research positions with the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission and the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse. Jamie has collaborated on a wide variety of responsible and problem gambling topics. Projects include prevalence studies, longitudinal research, evaluation of prevention and treatment initiatives, examination of regulations, the development of an instrument to measure risky gambling among youth and examination of best practices in responsible gambling.

Maedean Brown

Manager, Research and Policy

maedeanb [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2089

Sherene Fernando, M.Sc.

Research Coordinator

sherenef [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2087

Nadine Kauffman, M.A.

Manager, Information Services

nadinek [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2078

Alex Price, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Analyst

alexp [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2097

Sasha Stark, Ph.D.

Manager, Special Research Projects

sashas [at] rgco [dot] org

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Standards and Accreditation

Sue Birge

Director, Standards and Accreditation
sueb [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2077

Sue Birge is responsible for RG Check, an accreditation program created by RGC based on the RGC’s Responsible Gambling Index (standards). 

Until recently, Sue has been Executive Director of Policy, Responsible Gambling and Business Services for the British Columbia gaming regulator, the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch. Before that Sue has held many policy and communications jobs in Ontario and British Columbia. Sue is also chair of the Board of Greenpeace Canada.

Janine Jackson

Manager, Accreditation

janinej [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2071

Sam Karami, M.Ed.

Senior Program Analyst, RG Check

samk [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2085

Jessica Bihari, MPH

Program Analyst, RG Check

jessicab [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2066

Bob Michniak

Program Analyst, RG Check

bobm [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2064

Dwight Ramenaden

Program Analyst, RG Check

dwightr [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2083

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PlaySmart Centre (formerly RGRC)

Paula Antoniazzi

Director, PlaySmart Centre

paulaa [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2080

Paula Antoniazzi is responsible for the operation of the PlaySmart Centres (formerly RGRC) located at gaming venues across Ontario.

Prior to joining RGC in April 2007, Paula held senior management positions at two national charities, helping both these organizations manage rapid growth and program expansion. Paula holds an honours diploma in Public Relations from Humber College.

Karen Dubin

Senior Project Manager, PlaySmart Centre

karend [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2073

Lorelle Muller Lumsden

Senior Project Manager, PlaySmart Centre

lorellem [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2069

  • PlaySmart Centre South West Region

  • PlaySmart Centre East Region

  • PlaySmart Centre South East Region

  • PlaySmart Centre Central North Region

  • PlaySmart Centre Central Region

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Operations

Kevin Noel, MBA

Chief Operating Officer

kevinn [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2074

Kevin Noel is Chief Operation Officer, overseeing finance, administration and human resources, as well as the overall operational responsibility for all of the RGC prevention programs including the youth programs, PlaySmart Centres and Problem Gambling Prevention Week. 

Before joining RGC, Kevin was Manager, Financial Systems and Analysis at CHUM Television. Kevin attended Memorial University in St. John’s and received his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Strategy and his Bachelor of Arts with a major in French Language and a minor in English Literature.

For five years, Kevin volunteered with Frontier Canada as a tutor and mentor to a grade seven student from an inner city school and for eight years he volunteered with Fife House as part of a team which prepared and served dinner for low-income men with HIV/AIDS living in subsidized housing.

Prevention Programs

Adrienne Arbour

Manager, Problem Gambling Prevention Week

adriennea [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2062

Lisa Couperus

Manager, Special Projects & Programs

lisac [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2075

Mary Davis

Senior Project Manager

maryd [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2076

Heather Ly

Project Coordinator, Problem Gambling Prevention Week

heatherl [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2068

Nancy Tallis

Programs and Communications Coordinator

nancyt [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2079

Administration

Robin Wilner, CHRP

Manager, Administration and Human Resources

robinw [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2084

Michael Hui

Financial Analyst

michaelh [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2088

Sarah Gardiner

Payroll Specialist / Accounts Payable

sarahg [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2086

Peter Panasiuk

System Administrator / Webmaster

peterp [at] rgco [dot] org
416-490-2081

Victoria Batute

Office Assistant

victoriab [at] rgco [dot] org
416-499-2090