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APRIL 18-20, 2017
Toronto Marriott Downtown
Eaton Centre Hotel


Here are the speakers who joined us at Discovery 2017. For their session descriptions, please see the agenda

Some presentations are now available for download.

  • Keith_Barry Photo Discovery 2018

    Keith Barry

    Keith Barry is the Vice-President of Strategy at lg2 Toronto - Canada’s largest independent advertising agency. Keith has been responsible for uncovering insights and connecting brands with consumers and the public for over 12 years in Canada and across the globe. In that time, he has worked with brands such as Labatt, Bell, The Arthritis Research Foundation and The Heart & Stroke Foundation, amongst others.

  • Joseph Bufalino Photo Discovery 2018

    Joseph Bufalino

    Joseph Bufalino is the Director of Responsible Gambling at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore where he is responsible for the management and development of the Responsible Gambling Program, the Responsible Gambling Ambassadors as well as the strategic direction of Responsible Gambling policy for Marina Bay Sands. Joseph’s previous experience included 23 years with Crown Melbourne where he was part of the team that established the Responsible Gaming Support Centre in 2002.

  • Steve Chiasson photo Discovery 2018

    Steve Chiasson

    Steve Chiasson RP, BA, CPGC is the Lead Problem Gambling Counsellor at Lakeridge Health's Pinewood Centre, where he has been providing addiction-related counselling services for 25 years. Steve has developed a comprehensive model for the treatment of problem gambling, his specialty for the past 21 years. He facilitates workshops on many addiction-related topics, as well as Mindfulness Mediation group practice.

  • Karen Collins photo Discovery 2018

    Karen Collins

    Karen Collins has worked at Camelot for over 10 years, her roles have ranged from working in Security, to Player Services and for the past year in the Corporate Responsibility team. Her focus is predominantly around excessive and underage play in retail. Karen manages Camelot’s Mystery Shopper program which is designed to ensure retailers aren’t selling to underage players.

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    Patricia Cook

    Patricia Cook joined the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) in July of 2005 as Vice-President of Corporate Affairs, a role with a focus on corporate social responsibility and corporate governance. A visionary and natural leader, and member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band in Northern Saskatchewan, Patricia is committed to taking strides for the many First Nation people she represents in both corporate and volunteer roles. She currently serves as a director on a number of boards and was recently appointed to the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada.

  • Peter CZEGLEDY photo Discovery 2018

    Peter Czegledy

    Peter Czegledy is a corporate partner at Aird & Berlis LLP, Chair of its Gaming Industry Team and former head of its Technology Practice Group. As part of a broader clientele, he represents leading participants in the casino, track, i-gaming, mobile, fantasy and social gaming industries, advising on transactional matters, technological applications and regulatory compliance.

  • Peter Filice Photo Discovery 2018

    Peter Filice

    Peter Filice is the Director of Social Responsibility Program Development with Ontario’s Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). Since 2009, Peter has helped lead the development and implementation of OLG’s Responsible Gambling (RG) program which earned recognition as the World Lottery Association’s ‘Best Overall RG Program’ (2014) and enabled the achievement of RG Check accreditation for Ontario’s 24 land-based gaming venues and internet gambling platform, PlayOLG.

    Peter’s academic background is in psychology and addictions and he has worked in various operational roles within the gaming industry since 1994.

  • Sally Gainsbury Discovery 2018

    Sally Gainsbury

    Dr. Sally Gainsbury is the Deputy Director of the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic within the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre. She has over 12 years’ experience conducting research to understand the psychology of gambling and develop and evaluate practices to minimize gambling-related harms. Much of her research has focused on the role of new technology in gambling. She is the Editor of the peer-review journal International Gambling Studies.

  • Judith Glynn photo Discovery 2018

    Judith Glynn, M.Sc.

    Strategic Science

    Judith Glynn, M.Sc. Principal, Strategic Science, provides social responsibility consulting in gambling, obesity and substance abuse.  Judith has 25+ years’ experience spanning public policy, scientific research, and marketing/communications – 19 years in the gambling field.  She is advisor to the Machines Research Oversight Panel, and other international policy and research bodies.

  • Christopher Hansford photo Discovery 2018 Black and WhiteHeadshot

    Christopher Hansford

    Christopher Hansford serves as the Political Engagement Director of Consumers for Digital Fairness, a not-for-profit advocacy group focused on consumer protection in the digital space. He has spent the last nine years working in state and federal politics and policy.  Chris hold a Bachelors in History and a Master’s in International Diplomatic History from Florida State University. He also leads the policy and research department of 50 State, a bi-partisan state government affairs firm based in Washington DC that serves Fortune 100 corporate and select non-profit clients.

  • Chris Hirsch

    Chris Hirsch

    Chris Hirsch is Partner, VP, Executive Creative Director of lg2 Toronto, where in 2014 he and his co-ECD Nellie Kim were tasked with starting up the office to help solidify lg2’s national presence in Canada. In 2016, lg2 was named Agency of The Year by the Advertising & Design Club of Canada, and for the past 3 years has been the most awarded agency at the Canadian Marketing Awards. Working for clients such as Bell, Under Armour, Cleveland Clinic, and Rethink Breast Cancer, Chris and Nellie’s work has been recognized internationally at The One Show, Cannes Lions, D&AD, LIA, Clios, and the SXSW Interactive conference. He has also served as a juror on a number of industry-related shows including The Marketing Awards, Applied Arts, and is Co-Chairing this year’s National Advertising Challenge.

  • Jessica Holmes Photo Discovery 2018

    Jessica Holmes

    Jessica Holmes is a celebrated comedian, author and mental health advocate. A favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce, Jessica Holmes also brings the house down on-stage with her stand-up comedy, opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious and validating take on life’s challenges have audiences in stitches.

    Jessica also devotes much time to helping others live well. She recently received certification as a wellness coach from San Diego’s Life Purpose Institute. Her autobiographical book, I Love Your Laugh, was published in 2010, and she’s currently working on a follow-up book about mental health.

  • Cody Jensen Photo Discovery 2018

    Cody Jensen

    Cody Jensen began his career in Great Canadian as a Security Officer at Casino Nanaimo. Cody recently relocated to Victoria to acquire the position of Security Manager at View Royal Casino, soon to be Elements Victoria. Cody continues to assist with RG alongside his team members in Victoria.

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    Axel Lyckberg, Product Owner and Tech Lead Playscan

    Svenska Spel

    Axel Lyckberg is product owner of Svenska Spels personalized digital responsible gambling tool Playscan. Axel has a data science background and a BS in psychology. Axel has been working with responsible gambling initiatives in the Svenska Spel family since 2010.

  • Mark van der Maas Photo Discovery 2018

    Mark van der Maas

    Dr. Mark van der Maas is a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 2015. Mark’s research focuses on how trends in gambling provision expose marginalized or vulnerable populations to greater harm as a result of gambling. 

  • Darrel Manitowabi Photo Discovery 2018

    Darrel Manitowabi

    Dr. Darrel Manitowabi is an associate professor in the Anthropology Program, School of Northern and Community Studies at Laurentian University and he holds a cross-appointment at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He has a PhD in sociocultural anthropology and has published articles on Indigenous casinos and gaming, and Indigenous health.

  • Bev Mehmel

    Bev Mehmel

    Bev Mehmel is Director of Corporate Responsibility at Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries and a leader in Canadian social responsibility. She leads the Corporate Responsibility strategy including social responsibility for liquor and gambling, community relations, volunteerism and sustainable development.   Bev is the past chair of the ILC Canadian Responsible Gambling Association and co-created the onsite casino information centre concept and created the foundation for casino, VLT and lottery staff training across Canada.  Bev has a B.A. (Sociology and Business Administration), a Certificate in Adult & Continuing Education, and the York University Schulich School of Business Executive Program in Strategic Agility.

  • Sandeep Mishra photo Discovery 2018

    Sandeep Mishra

    Sandeep Mishra is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Hill/Levene Schools of Business at the University of Regina. His research program is inherently interdisciplinary, encompassing diverse research questions in the broad areas of judgment and decision-making, individual differences, health, and evolutionary theory. A large portion of Sandeep's research is focused on understanding decision-making under risk, including gambling.

  • Tom Mungham

    Tom Mungham

    Tom is the Chief Operating Officer at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. With the AGCO since 2006, Tom oversees regulatory operations in the alcohol, horse racing, and commercial casino, lottery and charitable gaming sectors, including: all compliance and regulatory assurance activities; anti money laundering programs; licensing and registration; slot, electronic and internet game and system assessments; and horse racing operations.   

    Focused primarily on leading change and operations, Tom’s working experience includes both the private and public sectors in such diverse areas of regulation, law enforcement, correctional services and banking.

    Tom sits on the Board of the North American Gaming Regulators Association as its Canadian Regional Director, and co-chairs NAGRA’s internet gaming interest group.

  • Ian Neilson

    Ian Neilson

    Ian Neilson is a high-achieving, loyal and passionate Leader who believes that customer satisfaction, and his Team’s achievements, impact his own success. Ian has over 10 years progressive and varied experience as a Security Professional in both the private and public sectors, including education, entertainment and hospitality. Ian takes great pride in being the steward of Responsible Gaming at Casino Ajax and works to constantly integrate and instill the culture daily.

  • Ted Norris photo Discovery 2018

    Ted Norris

    Ted Norris has a long history of leading programs designed to inspire positive change for the Aboriginal community in Ontario. Ted’s contributions include being a National Aboriginal Advisory Committee Member with Correctional Service of Canada where he reports directly to and advises the Commissioner on matters concerning First Nation, Metis and Inuit offenders and related programs and policies. Ted also advises the RCMP through his work with the Circle for Change MMAW Advisory Committee. Ted is also co-owner of the Davies-Norris Apiary a small artisanal apiary – which is home to zenbee honey.

  • Terry_OReilly photo Discovery 2018

    Terry O’Reilly

    Host of CBC Radio's Under the Influence Terry O’Reilly is the familiar voice behind the hit CBC radio shows O’Reilly on Advertising, The Age of Persuasion, and his current program, Under the Influence, where he explores the business, the craft, and the promise of promotion. In his intriguing talks, O’Reilly explores how our culture is shaped by marketing, as well as providing his expertise on branding, campaigns, spin, and more.

  • Matt OLeary Photo Discovery 2018

    Matt O'Leary

    Matt O’Leary is the Chief Partnerships Officer at Carrot. As one of the co-architects of the award-winning health and wellness app, Carrot Rewards, Matt has led the development of a broad ecosystem of partnerships, while helping to strategically grow the brand and business both nationally and abroad.

  • Ryan Pallett photo Discovery 2018

    Ryan Pallett

    A life-long RTS gamer, Ryan Pallett became a passionate eSports fan with the emergence of Starcraft as a premier eSport.  The desire to help continue the growth of the eSports scene in Toronto, and the clear passion of local eSports fans, led him to creating Toronto eSports Club.  A physician by trade, Ryan believes in the healthy gaming movement, and has the goal of seeing elite eSports athletes set a precedent for health and wellness among the greater gaming community.

  • Alex Price Photo Discovery 2018

    Alex Price

    Dr. Alex Price is the Senior Researcher for the Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices and RG+ at the Responsible Gambling Council. In his three years at RGC, Dr. Price has led over 20 responsible gambling research and evaluation projects ranging from evidence reviews for establishing low-risk gambling guidelines in Canada to in-depth studies of video lottery terminal play in Canada and Keno play in British Columbia.

  • Lena Quilty photo Discovery 2018

    Lena Quilty

    Dr. Quilty is a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She is a registered psychologist and certified cognitive behavioural therapist. Dr. Quilty has an applied program of research, with a focus on impulsivity and reward processing in depression and addiction. Her research program includes evidence-based assessment of and early intervention in problem gambling, as well as the impact of personality and mood disorder on gambling behavior and pathology.

  • Janine Robinson cropped Photo Discovery 2018

    Janine Robinson

    Janine Robinson is the Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices and RG+ at the Responsible Gambling Council. Her advanced degrees in adult education, clinical care and community development, combined with her passionate interest in culture and gambling, bring a 360° perspective to responsible gambling. She brings workplace learning practices to responsible gambling programing, and academic rigor to program evaluation, creating programs and guiding responsible gambling policies for the real world

  • Wali Shah

    Wali Shah

    Wali Shah is a spoken word poet and public speaker that has worked with organizations like TED Talks, Bell Media, Microsoft, The CFL, and many more. Wali has spoken at hundreds of schools across Canada where he introduces poetry as a tool for self-expression and develops workshops to engage youth in the practice of expressive writing and speaking.

    Outside of speaking engagements, Wali is an ambassador for Crime Stoppers, and the Bell Let’s Talk movement; he was inducted as Canada’s Top 20 Under 20, and assisted in raising over one million dollars for United Way.

  • stacy shaw_head_shot Discovery 2018

    Stacy Shaw

    Stacy Shaw is the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for the Oregon State Lottery. She provides leadership and strategic direction for the Lottery's responsible and problem gambling programs.  Oregon Lottery’s responsible gambling program, has won numerous awards and is notable for a focus on “all players, all the time” and a commitment to innovative research and training. Prior to joining the Lottery, Ms. Shaw held executive sales and marketing positions with hospitality brands such as Hyatt Hotels and the Related Companies. She also founded and managed her own marketing services agency which specialized in travel, senior living, and real estate. 

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    Craig Slater

    Craig Slater is the General Counsel and Director of Legal Services at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).   He joined the Commission in December 2012 and, in his position, is responsible for providing legal services and representation to the Commission. Prior to joining, he spent twenty-eight years at the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, including four and one half years as Director of the Crown Law Office – Civil with responsibility for the management of civil litigation involving the Ontario Provincial Government.

  • Sasha Stark photo Discovery 2018

    Sasha Stark

    Dr. Sasha Stark is the Manager of Special Research Projects for the Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices at the Responsible Gambling Council. Sasha has more than a decade of experience in the gambling field, working on gambling prevention, standards development, and program evaluation.

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  • Nigel Turner Photo Discovery 2018

    Nigel Turner

    Nigel Turner is a cognitive psychologist and epidemiologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and has been studying gambling since 1995. His area of interest is in how gamblers reason about gambling and has studied both the gambler and the games in order to understand the interaction between the two.

  • Angela Voght Photo Discovery 2018

    Angela Voght

    Angela Voght is the Provincial Indigenous Coordinator for BC Responsible and Problem Gambling Program.  She is First Nations from the Nlaka'pamux nation,Interior Salish. Angela also holds a masters in psychology with a specialization in Narrative Therapy and has been counselling for over 20 years. She leads a team of 10 providers who work across B.C. with First Nations communities and Urban Aboriginal organizations.  They offer health promotion, prevention, and community engagement initiatives as well as counselling.

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    Sheila Wahsquonaikezhik

    Sheila Wahsquonaikezhik M.E.S. is a member of the Batchewana First Nation of Ojibway’s and is the founder of Indige-Spheres to Empowerment an indigenous NGO located in northern Ontario.  Until recently Sheila worked at Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) in Thunder Bay, Ontario as the Gambling Awareness Program Coordinator.  Prior to her work at NAN Sheila worked for the Responsible Gambling Council as a Service Coordinator in the Central North Region RGRC and Coordinator of an Aboriginal Outreach Initiative.  She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University. In the past, Sheila developed and managed a land based program for an urban indigenous treatment centre and implemented a palliative care training project for an urban indigenous ASO.  Currently, Sheila is working on an Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative and continues to work with Indigenous youth from the north. 

  • Shelley White

    Shelley White

    Responsible Gambling Council

    Shelley White is one of Canada’s foremost visionary leaders who 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) which is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to problem gambling prevention.  

    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

  • Kim Wilson photo Discovery 2018

    Kim Wilson

    Kim Wilson is the Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Atlantic Lottery and leads both the development and execution of the CSR strategy. Kim is a member of the NASPL RG Sub-Committee and the Vice Chair of the Canadian Responsible Gambling Association.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.

  • Michael Wohl photo Discovery 2018

    Michael Wohl

    Dr. Michael Wohl (Ph.D. Univ. of Alberta, 2003) is a Professor of Psychology at Carleton University. Work in his Carleton University Gambling Laboratory  focuses on, among other things, factors that predict disordered gambling (e.g., persistent play in the face of continued loss), facilitators of responsible gambling (e.g., monetary limit setting and adherence), and means to overcome barriers to behaviour change. Recently, members of his laboratory have turned their attention to the potential pitfalls and possible benefits of loyalty program membership.

    Dr. Wohl has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and is the recipient  of Carleton’s Research Achievement Award as well as the Carleton University Teaching Excellence Award.

  • Gabe Zichermann

    Gabe Zichermann

    Gabe Zichermann is CEO and co-founder of Onward, a Tech-Life Balance solutions provider. His vision is to foster a world where balanced relationships between “real life" and technology make everyone - including employees - healthier, happier and more truly connected.