Our Board of Directors

RGC’s Board of Directors comprises of professionals with deep and broad expertise in the global gaming industry, public policy, community service, responsible gambling, mental health and addictions treatment, and more.

RGC independently operators under the legal authority of four corporations. Two non-profit organizations, one charitable organizations and one for-profit organization. For more information, please see RGC Governance.

Responsible Gambling Council (Ontario) (RGCO) / Responsible Gambling Council of Canada (RGCC) – Board of Directors

  • Yvon Lemire – Board Chair, RGCC and RGC(O)

    Yvon Lemire joined the Responsible Gambling Council Board in June 2011. In June 2019 to June 2022 he served as Vice Chair of the Board. He is now the Chair of the Board.

    At the end of January 2013, Yvon became Executive Director of Maison Fraternité, a provincial Francophone residential treatment facility for Francophone clients with addiction and mental health issues, located in Ottawa.  Yvon was very involved in problem gambling treatment during his tenure as Director of the Addiction and Mental Health Services of the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, from 2001 to 2011. During that time, he participated actively in the creation of the Comité interprovincial du jeu with the Casino du Lac Leamy in Gatineau. This joint committee was made up of representatives from the treatment sector and the provider sector. Two major accomplishments of this group were making the Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline available in Quebec and providing treatment providers with the possibility of doing self-exclusions with their problem gambling clients at their treatment centres.

    Yvon was Board Chair of Action Logement/Action Housing in Ottawa for 4 years and was a Board member of the Réseau des services en santé en Français de l’est de l’Ontario for 5 years. He currently sits on the Board of the Fondation de santé des collines/Des Collines Health Foundation and is an active member of the Wakefield Cemetery Board.

    Prior to completing his Masters’ degree in counselling from Université Saint-Paul in Ottawa, Yvon worked in the Federal Government for several years. He also brings private sector experience and served as country coordinator for Canada World Youth in Haiti for one year. He has been working in addictions for over 28 years, as a clinician and in various management positions.

  • Hamlin Grange – Past Chair, RGCC and RGC(O)

    Hamlin Grange has been on the Board of the Responsible Gambling Council since 2011. In June 2019 to June 2022 he served as the Board Chair. He is now the Past Chair of the Board.

    Hamlin is Principal Consultant with DiversiPro, a consulting firm based in Toronto. He is a diversity and inclusion strategist and trainer, qualified to assess the level of intercultural competence of individuals and organizations. He helps companies improve their productivity by assisting them to better navigate cultural differences.

    Before launching DiversiPro, Hamlin Grange had a stellar career as a journalist in Canada, was managing editor of a community newspaper and later was hired to be director of the national youth internship program for the YMCA of Greater Toronto. In addition to his work as a diversity and inclusion consultant, he has served on the boards of a number of important cultural organizations and public agencies, including the Royal Ontario Museum and the Toronto Police Services Board. He has a keen interest in policing, law enforcement and mental health issues.

    Hamlin is the recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, the Harry Jerome Award (President’s Award) for community service and career achievement and the Community Builder Award presented by Tropicana Community Service in recognition of his “outstanding leadership and years of service which have contributed to the development of community and opportunities for the people of Ontario and those served by Tropicana Community Services.” Other awards include:

    • The YMCA Peace Medallion
    • The B’nai Brith Human Rights Award for Journalism
    • The African Canadian Achievement Award
    • Black Film and Video Achievement Award for Leadership
    • And awards from the New York and Houston International Film Festivals
  • Bev Mehmel – Vice Chair, RGCC and RGC(O) and Chair CEO Compensation and Development Committee

    Bev Mehmel has been on the Board of the Responsible Gambling Council since 2019. In June 2022 she became the Vice Chair of the Board.

    Bev Mehmel has a history of leadership and impact in the Canadian gaming and liquor social responsibility field. She led Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries’ Corporate Responsibility strategy and social responsibility direction, along with community sponsorships, volunteerism and environmental initiatives.

    Bev is a past chair and co-founder of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation’s Canadian Responsible Gambling Group and co-created the onsite casino information center concept and created the foundation for casino, VLT and lottery staff training across Canada.

    Bev has attended the University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba and the Schulich School of Business at York University. She runs a small consultancy focused on improving sustainability approaches for business growth. She is the President of Niakwa Country Club in Winnipeg and a Board member for the Rehabilitation Centre for Children and the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada. Golf provides the Zen in her life.

  • Shaila Mehta – Treasurer, Chair of the Audit Committee and Board Member RGCC and RGC(O)

    Shaila Mehta is a Partner at MNP. Throughout her 25-year career, she has provided audit and advisory services to clients.  Shaila was also recently a partner at Deloitte LLP.

    Shaila has served large and small, public and private audit clients, mainly in the cannabis, manufacturing and technology industries. She has significant experience in Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises, U.S. GAAP and IFRS. She has helped clients with IPOs in both the U.S. and Canadian markets, completed SOX work for U.S. public companies and assisted companies through mergers & acquisitions.  She has worked on clients with many divisions and has been able to develop good relationships with all levels within the organizations she audits. Most recently, Shaila has been the audit partner on a number of public and private cannabis companies, taking one cannabis company public on the TSX.

  • Jim Engel – Secretary, Chair, Strategic Directions Committee and Board Member RGCC and RGC(O)

    For almost 19 years Jim was the Vice President of Corporate Services and Gaming Operations at the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA). Most of Jim’s 30-year career has been with the Government of Saskatchewan. Jim joined SLGA in 2001 following previous positions at the Saskatchewan Water Corporation, Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, the Ministry of Health, and Farm Credit Corporation. Jim now has taken a role with the Public Policy Graduate School at the University of Regina.

    Before moving into corporate services, most of Jim’s career focused on policy, research, privacy, corporate social responsibility, including responsible gambling, strategic planning, and performance measurement. Current responsibilities also include information technology, finance, human resources, employee health and safety, and conduct and management oversight of Saskatchewan’s six First Nation-operated casinos and the provincial video lottery terminal (VLT) program.

    Born and raised in Regina, Jim attended the University of Regina obtaining bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

    Jim is a past president of the Saskatchewan regional group of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), former chair of Saskatchewan’s assistant deputy minister (ADM) Forum, and is currently chair of the government’s United Way provincial campaign.

    Away from work, Jim enjoys travel, personal fitness, hiking, fishing, and reading. Jim and his wife Karen have two daughters, Lily and Sophie, both attending the University of Regina.

  • Susan Olynik – Chair, Governance & Nominating Committee and Board Member RGCC

    Susan has served for many years on the Responsible Gambling Council board. She currently is Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee.

    Susan retired from Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries in late 2016 after 25 years with the corporation. She was the Vice President of Corporate Communications and Social Responsibility. In that role, she was responsible for CSR initiatives including responsible gambling, as well as strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, media relations and issues management. She was a member of the Executive Management Committee, co-chair of Manitoba’s Alcohol Strategy, a council member of the Manitoba Gambling Research Program and chair of Liquor and Lotteries’ executive CSR committee. In 2017 Susan received the Crowning Achievement Award from the Canadian Public Relations Society – Manitoba, for demonstrated excellence in communications and public relations.

    In Winnipeg’s 2022 civic election, Susan was re-elected as a School Trustee in the second largest school division in Manitoba, where she now serves as Vice Chair of the Finance, Facilities and Transportation Committee, and is also a member of the Government Communications Committee. She volunteered for CNIB Manitoba for several years and is a past board member of that organization.

  • Patricia Cook – Vice Chair, Governance & Nominating Committee and Board Member RGCC

    As Vice-President of Corporate Affairs with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA), Patricia Cook has created an evolving culture which displays growth and development for the men and women employed by her organization.

    Pat joined SIGA in July of 2005 with a focus on corporate social responsibility and corporate governance. She oversees SIGA’s communications, public and community relations, responsible gaming and policy management. As member of SIGA’s Executive Management team, Pat also works with the SIGA Board.

    A visionary and natural leader, Pat is currently serving as a Board of Director with Saskatchewan Government Insurance and is a volunteer Board Member with the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. Pat has served as the Deputy Speaker (two terms) for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Legislative Assembly. Prior to her time at SIGA, Pat spent 20 years working with the Prince Albert Grand Council (with four years as the Director of Operations) one the largest Tribal Councils in Canada.

    Pat is a graduate of the Directors College, Chartered Director Program through McMasters University and the University of Regina earning a Certificate of Social Work. She has also earned her Certificate of Aboriginal Leadership, Governance and Management Excellence from the Banff School of Management.  In early 2009, Ms. Cook was recognized as one of Saskatchewan’s Top 10 Woman of Influence by SaskBusiness Magazine and nominated as a Women of Distinction in 2010.

    As one of Saskatchewan’s most visible First Nations leaders, Pat is committed to taking strides for the many First Nations people she represents in both corporate and volunteer roles. She and her husband have two children and four grandchildren. She is committed to healthy living and enjoys running to stay fit.

  • Salim Adatia – Board Member, RGCC

    Salim Adatia is Vice President of Client Services for North America at Gaming Laboratories International (GLI). www.gaminglabs.com

    As one of the world’s leading experts in testing and certification, Salim works with government regulators, gaming operators and suppliers. GLI clients benefit from his 20+ years of experience in multi-lingual projects crossing over both traditional land-based and iGaming around the world.

    Globally recognized as a pioneer in iGaming testing, Salim is a sought-after thought leader who helps illuminate the path to gaming integrity. Preceding his current role, he served GLI’s Vice President of iGaming and Canadian Services, where he led the company’s clients as they navigated the exciting and rapidly growing world of iGaming, as well as overseeing Canadian services and clients. He continues to be an important force behind GLI’s global internet, mobile and wireless testing and consultancy with a focus on ensuring companies adhere to comprehensive technical regulatory requirements, supplier technical specifications, and global best-practice industry standards.

    Salim was also instrumental in the original establishment of GLI’s highly successful and rapidly expanding Professional Services practice, whose experts lead the world in Quality Assurance assessments, Project Management, World Lottery Association (WLA) Audits, ISO training, Security Auditing and Consultation, and other Technical Services.

    Prior to its acquisition by GLI, Salim was CEO of the Technical Systems Testing (TST) group of companies, responsible for driving the performance of the company’s global spread of testing facilities located in Vancouver, London, Macau, Manila, Sydney and Melbourne.

    Salim has been honored as one of the gaming industry’s “Top 25 People to Watch” by Global Gaming Business magazine. He has spoken at a variety of industry conferences in Canada, the U.S., Asia, Europe, Latin America and Australia. He has been interviewed by, and written for, numerous publications serving the industry internationally.

  • Dan Shimski – Board Member, RGCC

    Dan is the Principal of Shimski & Associates, a boutique consulting firm focused on technology solutions in the area of road safety.

    Dan’s career path has led him to a number of roles in the private and public sector. In the public sector, these roles have included being a Senior Advisor to an Ontario Cabinet Minister, Chief of Staff to a Toronto Councillor and senior roles within the City of Toronto administration.

    In the private sector, Dan held a series of Operational, Sales and Customer Support roles with Conduent Inc. (formerly Xerox Services), as well as working as a lobbyist supporting both causes and commerce for a variety of organizations and corporate interests.

    Through personal experience, Dan knows the challenges created by problem gambling – not just for the gambler, but oftentimes for those who care about them.

    Dan has the firmly held belief that through education and the elimination of the stigma associated with problem gambling, we can start having the important conversations about gambling risk factors and mitigation strategies to reduce problem gambling.

    Dan is also the proud recipient of a transplanted kidney, and would never miss an opportunity to encourage all who are able to sign their organ donor cards to give the ultimate Gift of Life.

  • Stacy Shaw – Board Member, RGCC

    Stacy Shaw currently leads Product Marketing for the Oregon Lottery. In this role, she provides executive leadership and go to market strategic direction for Lottery’s games and services and mission critical brand programs such as responsible gaming and customer experience. Throughout her career she has been guided by the belief that people and profits can go together and that doing the right thing is just good business. For the last ten years she has focused on developing an industry leading RG program for Oregon Lottery, collaborating across diverse stakeholder groups including gambling operators, treatment, prevention and recovery professionals, researchers and legislators. Most recently, Stacy has worked with Oregon Council on Problem Gambling to stand up a Research Center designed to promote research and learning that will inform lasting solutions to gambling related issues facing the State of Oregon and the nation. Stacy is currently the Chair of the NCPG Advisory board and is active on the National Association of State and Provincial Lotteries ( NASPL) RG committee. Previous to joining Lottery, Stacy held senior marketing and business development roles with Hyatt Hotels, Preferred Hotels and Related Companies. She also founded and managed m-k-t-g, a marketing agency focused on real estate, entertainment and travel. She spent most of her life in Chicago, lived briefly in Toronto but feels her love for her new state qualifies her as a true Oregonian. She lives in Silverton, Oregon with her husband Kevin and their cat Babe. When not working she can likely be found walking on the Oregon Coast or wine tasting across the Pacific Northwest.

  • Stephen Moore – Board Member, RGCC

    Stephen Moore is a public affairs and public policy professional with more than 10 years of experience. He currently leads Saint Mary’s University’s government relations efforts. Before this, he was Vice President, Research at MQO Research in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His government and political experience includes serving former Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil for nearly 10 years. While in the Premier’s Office, he took on increasingly senior roles and eventually became the premier’s communications director. His research and work received international and national attention, and waacs featured by the New Republic, the Globe and Mail, The Star, CBC, CTV News, and more.

  • Vic Poleschuk – Board Member, RGCC

    Consultant/Advisor, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation

    Vic has nearly 40 years’ experience in the Canadian gaming industry having previously held senior executive positions in both the private and public sector with Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) and the Western Canada Lottery Foundation.

    As President and CEO of BCLC from 1999 to 2007, Vic lead the strategic transformation and growth of the gaming industry in British Columbia through the establishment of a business and legal model that allowed Government and private sector gaming operators to work cooperatively to transform the gaming industry into a high quality, responsible, customer focused gaming entertainment business.

    Vic joined Great Canadian Gaming Corporation in 2010 as Senior/Executive Vice President, Eastern Operations, a position he held until early 2017. In this role, Vic was instrumental in assisting Great Canadian in competing in the OLG Land Based Modernization program with the result of Great Canadian being chosen as the successful Casino Service Provider by OLG in the East, GTA and West GTA bundles- making Great Canadian the largest private sector service provider in Ontario.

    Vic currently is a senior advisor/consultant with Great Canadian Gaming, having chosen to spend less time on airplanes and more time with family, personal travel and recreation activities.   Vic grew up in Winnipeg and is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Commerce (Business) program.

    Vic and his wife Bev are longtime residents of Kamloops, BC and enjoy spending time with their 4 children and 7 grandchildren.

  • Ian Thomson – Board Member, RGCC

    Ian Thomson has a background in gaming and gaming-related industries, having previously held roles with Aristocrat Technologies, ebet Gaming Systems, Aruze Gaming Australia and the Independent Liquor Group. He has over 16 years of experience on Boards of Directors across a range of Sports and Hospitality businesses. He is also a champion of the club system in Australia.

    Ian has served as Justice of the Peace. Away from work, Ian has received a surf lifesaving bronze medallion, an Australian Sports Medal and has previously been a professional Rugby League Coach and player. He also holds a diploma in Financial Planning from Deakin University and is a Certified Financial Planner.

  • George Sweny – Board Member, RGCC

    Vice President, Regulatory Affairs – Flutter International

    George Sweny is the Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at Flutter International. Flutter includes a range of international brands and operations, including Paddy Power, Betfair, PokerStars, Sky Bet, Sportsbet, FOX Bet, FanDuel, TVG and Adjarabet. Flutter’s vision is to be a global leader in online sports betting and gaming with the purpose of bringing betting to life in a safe, responsible, and ultimately sustainable way.

    Prior to his role with Flutter, George held executive level positions in the gaming industry, including at The Stars Group, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and Len Stuart and Associates.

    George is a current member of the board of directors of both the Responsible Gambling Council and the Canadian Gaming Association. He is an Advisory Board member of the National Council for Problem Gambling and has served as a board member of the North American State Provincial Lotteries Association and the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation.

  • Simo Dragicevic – Board Member, RGCC

    CEO, BetBuddy

    Simo is CEO and Founder of BetBuddy, Playtech’s award-winning responsible gambling data analytics company that creates software to better understand behaviour and risk in gaming. BetBuddy has been backed by InnovateUK and has a collaboration with the Research Centre for Machine Learning at City, University of London, where they have collectively worked on numerous research projects in the domains of AI, knowledge extraction, and gaming risk. His research interests are focused on using data to understand behaviour and predict risk and in making AI more transparent and human-like.

    Simo is an expert in consumer behaviour and consumer protection. He is also a PhD supervisor at the Research Centre for Machine Learning at City, University of London, and was named AMBA Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013.

    Prior to BetBuddy he spent 15 years working in banking and capital markets as a consultant and programme manager delivering and building finance and risk systems, as we all as helping senior executives shape and deliver operational strategies.

  • Wan-Peng Sun – Board Member, RGC(O)

    Wan-Peng works at Libro Credit Union in London, Ontario since 2011. In his role, he is responsible for leading development team to deliver all digital applications as well as advising the executive leadership team in the development of technology-informed strategy and initiatives.

    Wan-Peng started serving on non-profit board since 2012 and has served on Governance, Technology, Finance and Audit, World Relationship Committee. He currently serves on YMCA Canada board.

    Wan-Peng grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick and moved to London, Ontario in 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree from Western University in Computer Science, Biology and Accounting. Wan-Peng is a CPA, CMA.

  • Christine Rhodes – Board Member, RGC(O)

    Christine is a Canadian leader on corporate responsibility and sustainability issues, working as a management consultant in this field for over a decade. As the Central Canada Market Leader of EY (Ernst & Young)’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice, Christine supports many of Canada’s largest companies and crown corporations to better understand and manage their environmental and social impacts, and work toward a more inclusive and lower-carbon economy.

    Christine is excited to bring to the RGC-P Board her experience designing, implementing and auditing a wide range of corporate responsibility frameworks across industries including lottery and gaming, mining and financial services. In 2019/2020, she served as a Board Member of the Global Cannabis Partnership, where she helped design a corporate responsibility framework for the cannabis industry and oversaw the development of the member certification and assurance process.

    Based in Toronto, Christine holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from McGill University and the Canadian Enterprise Risk Management (CRMe) designation. She has lived and worked in Boston, Montreal and Vancouver and gets back to the mountains whenever she can.

  • Harry Gousopoulos – Board Member, RGC(O)

    Executive Director, Tribunals Ontario

    Harry is a provincial civil servant with in-depth knowledge of government and 20+ years of legal, policy and program development experience. Before his role at Tribunals Ontario, he was the Director of Corporate Affairs and Governance at the at Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, where he was responsible for government relations, issues management, supporting Board governance and overseeing the day-to-day administration of an adjudicative tribunal, among other things.

    Harry is a lawyer by training, and prior to joining the Ontario government, he practised corporate law with Torys LLP and within the legal aid department of the United Nations/International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

  • Julie Nolte – Board Member, RGC(O)

    President/Owner of JN Gaming Compliance Solutions Inc. 

    Julie has over 20 years of experience in the gambling industry with 15 years as a senior executive with Casino Rama Resort.  In her past roles, Julie worked in various areas of operations including Casino Controller, Executive of Slots and Cashiering Operations and Vice President Compliance and Administration.  She has also acted as the Responsible Gambling Lead for the Province of Ontario for Gateway Casinos and has previously led Casino Rama Resort to successful RG Check Accreditations.  Julie is the Treasurer for Smart Serve Ontario, a registered charity, and has been a member of Smart Serve’s Board of Directors since 2015. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and obtained her previous designations of Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Accountant while working at CA firms such as KPMG and BDO.

  • Shelley White – CEO

    Shelley White is one of Canada’s foremost visionary leaders, and has dedicated her life and career to empowering organizations that create better futures for thousands of people in their communities. In 2017, she became the new CEO of the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC).

    Over the last 30 years, Shelley has also held a variety of executive positions also in the non-profit sector for the country’s most recognized and trusted national institutions, including United Way, Kidney Foundation of Canada and the YMCA. Earning a reputation as a champion of social change, Shelley has received United Way Worldwide’s Common Good Award, the Queen’s Jubilee Award for outstanding achievement in voluntary service, Ontario’s Leading Women Building Communities Award, The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) Champion Award, Volunteer MBC’s 2017 Bonnie Yagar Award for Community Engagement Leadership, and has been named one of Mississauga’s Top 10 Most Influential Leaders.

For more information, please contact:

Arlene Youkanna
Executive Assistant
RGCBoard@rgco.org
416-490-2063

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