Canada Gaming Association Adds Four New Members

Canada Gaming Association Adds Four New Members
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Four new members were appointed to the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) Association Board of Directors. The appointments took place during the CGA’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday.

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Scott Burton, CEO of FansUnite Entertainment Inc., Neil Erlick, Chief Corporate Development Officer Nuvei, Jeffrey Haas, SVP of International Strategy for DraftKings and Chuck Keeling, EVP, Stakeholder Relations and Responsible Gaming, great Canadian Gaming Corporation, were named to the CGA Association Board.

“That the CGA Board added four new members is a testament to the Association’s exponential growth in 2021,” said Carrie Kormos, Chair of the Board. “We welcomed 18 new members and diversified by adding sports betting and eSports operators, payment companies, and many non-gaming suppliers. This will provide the CGA with an opportunity to act as a convenor for the industry as a whole and build collaboration during this exciting period in Canadian gaming.”

Background of Appointees

Burton oversees the business vision, framework, global operations, corporate strategy and development at FansUnite. He also spent time as the CEO of Askott Entertainment before its 2020 merger with FansUnite. Burton is a chartered professional accountant with more than 20 years of operational experience and is considered one of the pioneers in the eSports wagering business.

At Nuvei, Erlick oversees strategic business development in industry verticals, corporate partnerships and enhances the company’s growth in the North American gaming market. He has more than 20 years of experience in payments, sports and entertainment and has developed partnerships with professional sports teams and leagues.

Haas also has more than 20 years of experience in the gaming industry. He has assisted in building brands such as DraftKings, PokerStars, the World Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, European poker Tour and PartyPoker.

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Keeling has been around the gaming industry his entire life. HIs family and outside partners own racetracks in Surrey and Victoria, BC, and he started working in the business when he was 8 years old.

In 2004, Great Canadian Gaming acquired the tracks and kept Keeling to oversee the company’s horse racing interests. Keeling was named VP, Stakeholder Relations and Responsible Gaming in 2013 before being chosen as the Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Responsible Gaming in 2019.

“I am pleased to welcome Scott, Neil, Jeffrey and Chuck to the CGA Board of Directors and believe their experience will help the Association implement its operational strategy as we move out of COVID,” Paul Burns, President and CEO of the CGA, said in a media release. "These seasoned professionals have strong track records as trusted leaders in the gaming industry, and they will provide invaluable insight as we look to launch a regulated iGaming market in Ontario and single-event sports betting across Canada.”

The Full 2021/2022 CGA Board of Directors

  • Scott Burton, CEO, FansUnite Entertainment Inc.
  • Danielle Bush, Counsel, McCarthy Tetrault, LLP
  • Dean Ehrlich, Executive Vice President & Games Business Leader, Everi
  • Neil Erlick, Chief Corporate Development Officer, Nuvei
  • David Flinn, Regional Vice President Sales, Canada, South & Central America, IGT
  • Jeffrey Haas, SVP, International Strategy, DraftKings Inc.
  • Ilkim Hincer, EVP & Chief Legal Officer, Hard Rock International
  • Chuck Keeling, EVP, Stakeholder Relations and Responsible Gaming, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation
  • Carrie Kormos, Chief Marketing & Communication Officer, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment
  • Adriane McGrath, Vice President, Business Development, Konami Gaming Inc.
  • Bob Parente, EVP & Chief Revenue Officer, Scientific Games
  • Rob Scarpelli, Managing Director, HLT Inc.
  • George Sweny, Vice President Regulatory Affairs, Flutter International
  • Richard Taylor, President, Niagara Casinos
  • Shelley White, President & CEO, Responsible Gambling Council