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Canadian Gaming Summit: Webinar Series
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April 6, 2021, 1:00pm
Investing in Success with the CGA Academy
Webinar Overview
As part of its commitment to expand services to the Canadian gaming industry, the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) has partnered with the iGaming Academy to launch a full online training solution, including up-to-date compliance and skills training courses and a robust Learning Management System (LMS), all specialized for the gaming industry.

This webinar will examine the role of training in the success of gaming organizations in Canada, including regulatorily required training and necessary job skills training as Canada looks to expand iGaming and legalize single event sports betting.

We will discuss the expanding risk operators face with regulatory fines for non-compliance and how eLearning can ensure compliance and easy and accurate reporting related to audits. This will include AML as the CGA Academy is addressing the new regulations coming into effect on June 30th with a new training course and assessment already available.

Now is a great time to talk about investing in training. Operators and suppliers can use training to bring new employees up to speed faster and uptrain existing employees as casinos start to re-open.

We will also look at trends in other part of the industry (iGaming and sports betting come to mind) and ask your feedback on which areas of training most need to be addressed moving forward as the CGA Academy will continue to develop more national and province-specific training.

Webinar Speaker
Charles Harper, GM & Head of North America, iGaming Academy
Charles Harper
GM & Head of North America, iGaming Academy
Charles Harper is a seasoned executive and advisor to the gaming industry and currently serves as the General Manager and Head of North America for the iGaming Academy, a Conexus group company, providing companies in the gaming industry training and certification in the areas of compliance, job skills & employee development and custom B2B training.

Previously at the Conexus Group, Charles served as the Senior Consultant in the Americas for Partis Solutions, providing strategic product, marketing and business development advisory services. He has advised Social Casino publishers, iGaming & iLottery supplier and operator companies, land-based casinos, sports setting, DFS and ADW companies. Charles specialized in digital strategy for land-based operators.

Prior to returning to the Conexus group, Charles was the Senior Vice President US for NeoGames the iGaming, Sports Betting and iLottery services and technology supplier.

Before joining Partis, he served as the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for IGT Interactive, a division of IGT, Inc. (IGT). At IGT he was responsible for the IGT/ DoubleDown Social Gaming Partner Program, as well as strategic distribution partnerships with top tier companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Apple and Facebook, business strategy for globalization and brand licensing. While at IGT, Charles was a founding member of the International Social Games Association (ISGA) and has served on a number of advisory boards for companies in the gaming industry.
Webinar Moderator
Paul Burns, President & CEO, Canadian Gaming Association
Paul Burns
President & CEO, Canadian Gaming Association
Paul Burns is the President & CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA). He is a seasoned public affairs and gaming practitioner with more than 20 years’ experience in the private and public sectors.

Mr. Burns was instrumental in establishing the CGA in 2005, recognizing the need for a national trade association to advance the evolution of Canada’s gaming industry. The association is committed to helping stimulate innovation in the gaming industry by creating opportunities to showcase, promote and advance new products and ideas, both in Canada and worldwide.

Under Mr. Burn’s leadership, the CGA has become more inclusive and diverse in its membership, appreciating that we can accomplish more together by creating alliances to focus on issues that matter. To that end, the association continues to advocate for the advancement of Canadian gaming, whether it be promoting the growth, maturity and technological innovation of the industry, establishing committees to deal with regulatory and policy issues, or championing the need to address single-event sports betting.

Prior to his role with the CGA, Mr. Burns served as Corporate Compliance Officer for RPC Gaming, a Canadian-based gaming company operating a chain of gaming establishments in Las Vegas, Nevada. He also served as Vice President, Corporate Affairs, for RPC Anchor Gaming, and worked with the Government of Ontario to develop charity casinos in the province.

Mr. Burns specializes in policy development and implementation and has held key policy roles at all levels of government. As policy advisor to the Ontario Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations, he directed government initiatives in the gaming sector that included the expansion of gaming in Ontario in such areas as the introduction of slots at racetracks.

Following his work with the Province of Ontario, Mr. Burns served as Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Toronto, where he oversaw economic development and public transit issues. He has also been a consultant with one of Canada’s leading public affairs firm, where he advised clients on a range of public policy and procurement issues. Mr. Burns is frequently asked to speak about the gaming industry at conferences and events both nationally and abroad.

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