Ontario policy veteran Paul Burns takes Canada CGA leadership

The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) has confirmed the appointment of Paul Burns as new President and Chief Executive Officer of its trade and industry representative body.

Burns was a founding member of the CGA, and has acted as a key stakeholder in the organisations initiatives and policy acting as Vice President of Affairs since 2015.

A 20-year Canadian gambling executive, Burns has been a senior advisor to Ontario ministers on gambling reforms, and was further responsible for establishing Ontario’s Charity casino model and slots at racetrack program.

“The strength of Canadian gaming is well known, and I have been fortunate to experience both the challenges and opportunities that come with working in this industry,” commented Paul Burns on taking CGA leadership

“Twenty years in gaming have given me a keen understanding of what our industry is facing as I take over as of President and CEO of the CGA. I look forward to working with the other directors to implement a strategic plan that will function as a roadmap for the association and make us better partners to our members”.

In 2018, It remains unclear whether Canadian gambling stakeholders will look to revive efforts to pass a new ‘single sports betting bill’, following the outright rejection of Bill C-221 ‘The Safe & Regulated Sports Act’, in 2016 by the ruling Liberal Party of Canada.

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