Our Board of Directors

The Responsible Gambling Council’s Board of Directors comprises professionals with deep and broad expertise in public policy, community service, problem gambling, addiction 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

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

    Hamlin Grange has been on the Board of the Responsible Gambling Council since 2011. In June 2019, he became Board Chair.

    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
  • Yvon Lemire – Chair, CEO Compensation Committee Board Member, RGCC and RGC(O)

    Yvon Lemire, joined the Responsible Gambling Council Board in June 2011. In June 2019 he became the Vice 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.

  • Carolyn Marcotte – Board Member, RGCC and RGC(O)

    Carolyn Marcotte has been a member of the Executive Team at Caesars Windsor since 2007 when she joined the company as Vice-President of Legal and Compliance. In her capacity as General Counsel, Carolyn manages all legal affairs for the company. She also serves as the company’s Compliance Officer where she is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance. In addition to these duties, Carolyn also oversees both the Security and Surveillance Departments.

    Carolyn received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Windsor in 1994, and her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor in 1997. She was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1999 and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

    Carolyn was a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County from 2009 to 2015, and served as Chair of the Board from 2012 until 2014.

    In 2015, Carolyn was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada and the Responsible Gambling Council (Ontario). In 2017, Carolyn joined the Strategic Directions Committee, which develops strategies for implementation by the committee, proposals for the Board and the staff covering programs and funding strategies including, strategic plans, funder relations, organizational positioning, community relations strategies, and government relations strategies.

  • Patricia Cook – Vice Chair, Governance & Nominating Committee 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.

  • Elena Mantagaris – Board Member, RGC(O)

    Elena Mantagaris is the Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Maritime Iron Inc.  She has worked in the public sector for over 20 years and has extensive experience in government relations, strategic planning and communications, advancing large-scale national initiatives subject to regulatory review and public scrutiny. Her experiences include working with federal and provincial governments and implementing projects that incorporate dialogue and partnership with municipal and communities. Elena holds a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University and is fluently bilingual in English and French.

  • Jim Engel – Chair, Strategic Directions Committee Board Member RGCC

    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.

  • Joseph Coltson – Board Member, RGCC

    Joseph is a Partner and National Leader, Clients & Markets, Forensic Technology and Cyber Response, responsible for Cyber Security Incident Response, eDiscovery, Forensic Services, and investigative support at KPMG.  Joseph has over 25 years of forensic and investigative experience.

    Prior to KPMG, Joseph was Managing Director in charge of Duff & Phelps Global eDiscovery, Forensic Technology and Cyber Security practice overseeing forensic labs in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.

    Prior to Duff & Phelps, Joseph was President and co-founder of Harvester Forensics Ltd., a Vice President at KPMG, and is a 16-year veteran police officer from the Peel Regional Police, having spent nearly five years in Peel’s Technological Crimes Unit.

    Joseph has testified at all levels of court proceedings and has been qualified as an expert witness on a number of occasions in both criminal and civil matters. Joseph has worked on a number of high-profile cases, and was profiled as an expert in a documentary about a particular homicide on which he investigated and testified.

    Joseph has extensive experience working in litigation support and project management.  He has worked on several engagements involving active litigation, internal and external investigations and arbitrations.

    Joseph has taught and developed Data Forensic, eDiscovery, cyber and investigative courses and lectures at the university, college and professional levels. Joseph has instructed crown attorneys and civil litigators on technological evidence on a number of occasions, and has presented to the Ontario Crown Attorney’s Association on computer forensics.

    He holds a number of professional certifications, including Certified Forensic Computer Examiner and Certified Electronic Evidence Collection Specialist and is a past President of the High Tech Crimes Investigators Association.

  • Shaila Mehta – Chair, Audit Committee 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.

  • Bev Mehmel – Board Member, RGCC

    Bev Mehmel is the Director of Corporate Responsibility at Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries and a leader in Canadian social responsibility for liquor and gambling. She leads the Corporate Responsibility strategy, MBLL’s social responsibility for liquor and gambling, community relations and environmental initiatives. Bev is the past chair of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation’s Canadian Responsible Gambling Group and co-created the onsite casino information centre 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 is the President of Niakwa Country Club in Winnipeg and a Board member for the Rehabilitation Centre for Children. Golf provides the Zen in her life.

  • Wan-Peng Sun – Board Member, RGCC & 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.

  • Dan Shimski – Board Member, RGCC & RGC(O)

    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.

  • Salim Adatia – Board Member, RGCC

    Salim Adatia is Vice President of iGaming and Canadian Services at Gaming Laboratories International (GLI). www.gaminglabs.com

    As the world’s most experienced test lab, GLI remains the foremost authority in the land-based, sports betting, and iGaming sectors providing high quality testing & consulting services.

    Mr. Adatia is the driving force behind GLI’s global Internet, Mobile and Wireless testing and consultancy division with a focus on ensuring companies adhere to comprehensive technical regulatory requirements, supplier technical specifications, and global best-practice industry standards.

    Mr. Adatia is responsible for GLI’s global iGaming operations and direction, overseeing key supplier relationships across all GLI laboratories. As one of the world’s leading experts in the field, he works with government regulators, gaming operators and suppliers by providing world class customer service, technical advice and certification services globally. He leverages his 19+ years’ experience in multi-lingual projects, crossing over both traditional land-based and iGaming, related to Internet, Mobile, Wireless in-venue, and other interactive gaming deployments.

    Mr. Adatia helped establish GLI’s highly successful and rapidly expanding Professional Services division, 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, Mr. Adatia was CEO of the Technical Systems Testing (TST) group of companies worldwide and was responsible for driving the performance of the company’s global spread of testing facilities located in Vancouver, London, Macau, Manila, Sydney and Melbourne.

    Mr. Adatia has also previously 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 also been interviewed by, and written for, numerous publications serving the industry internationally.

  • 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.

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