Gaming Security Professionals of Canada ▪ Professionnels en Sécurité du Jeu du Canada
We Create Safer Gaming
We help ensure the safety, security and integrity of the Canadian gaming industry.
2020 AGM ANNOUNCEMENT – PARQ VANCOUVER– JUNE 9TH-11TH
BCLC and our partner PARQ Vancouver are honored to be hosting the 2020 AGM in Vancouver, BC June 9-11, 2020.
BCLC is a Crown Corporate, established on April 1, 1985. Our mission is to conduct and manage gambling in a socially responsible manner for the benefit of British Columbians. BCLC conducts and manages commercial gambling in B.C. including casinos, lottery, bingo and sports betting through multiple channels of distribution. BCLC offers slot machines, table games and bingo through operational service agreements with private sector providers which as of 2019 consists of 15 casinos, two racecourse casinos, 18 community gaming centres and three commercial bingo halls. BCLC lottery products are sold at over 3500 retail locations. Play Now.com is BCLC secure, regulated, online and mobile channel that offers casino, lottery and sports betting products to over 442,000 BC adults.
BCLC has been offering gambling entertainment and contributing to B.C’s future for three decades. Every year BCLC delivers great entertainment for our players and revenue for the Province of B.C. that goes towards supporting communities, health care and education. That's our idea of playing it right, and playing it forward.
Since making its grand entrance in 2017, Parq Vancouver has become an iconic city symbol, hosting international trailblazers, local legends, captains of industry, sports mavens, and adventurers of all kinds. For anyone that hasn’t been to Vancouver the location is Ideally situated between the stylish neighborhoods of Yaletown and Gastown, Parq Vancouver’s is tastefully located on the same grounds as BC Place Stadium home of the BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps football club.
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Who We Are
The GSPC is a not-for-profit organization representing major gaming organizations from British Columbia to Nova Scotia. Our goal is to facilitate the safety, security and integrity of the Canadian gaming industry as well as to provide a forum and platform for members to communicate, educate and share best practices.
The GSPC is the voice of the gaming industry with regard to matters falling within its mandate. GSPC’s advice and leadership has been sought out in numerous venues, including appearances before the Senate Committee on the subject of Single Event Sport Wagering, representation on the federal Department of Finance’s Public/Private Sector Advisory Committee with regard to Anti-Money Laundering regulation, the Canadian Gaming Summit’s Security and Surveillance Education Program, cooperative efforts with the Canadian Gaming Association, and contributing articles to the Canadian Gaming Business Magazine on security, safety and integrity related matters.
Our commitment to excellence and leadership has resulted in significant advances in gaming security and operational efficiencies that are sure to continue into the future.
Become a Member
In order to become a member of GSPC, a person must be employed in a security-related function by a provincial governmental gaming organization, or by a commercial gaming operator under contract to a provincial governmental gaming organization. A security-related function includes, but is not limited to: Physical; Information Security; Surveillance; Investigations; Compliance; Risk Management.
Membership may also be granted to a person who is employed in a security-related function who works for commercial operators· licensed by a provincial gaming regulator to operate gaming premises and/or deliver gaming products.
Gaming fields are generally recognized as being: Casinos, Lotteries, Video lottery terminals, On-line gaming, Slot operations, or any other activities related to gaming.
New members must be nominated by a current member of the GSPC.
Join our team of senior managers and executives from virtually all of the major gaming jurisdictions as we aim to enhance casino gaming, lottery ticket systems, video lottery networks and internet gaming.
NEWS, SECURITY ALERT
Investigators with the York Regional Police Organized Crime and Intelligence Bureau – Traditional Organized Crime Task Force, along with investigators from the Canada Revenue Agency, the Ontario Provincial Police, Peel Regional Police, Canada Border Services and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) have charged nine people and seized more than $35 million in proceeds of crime in an illegal gaming investigation named Project Sindacato.
An investigation into the Figliomeni organized crime group began in early 2018, with a focus on its participation in a criminal organization, money laundering, loan sharking and illegal gaming. During the course of the investigation, intelligence gathered indicated that the criminal organization was acting under the direction of Angelo FIGLIOMENI. Its criminal activities included illegal gaming operations in the City of Vaughan as well as an extensive money laundering system to hide the immense profitability from these activities.
Beginning on Friday, July 12, 2019, with the assistance of the Toronto Police Service, Halton Regional Police Service, Durham Regional Police, Hamilton Police Service, Waterloo Regional Police, Barrie Police Service, Brantford Police Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 48 warrants at residences, businesses and cafes were executed across the Greater Toronto Area. As a result of the search warrants, nine people were taken into custody and more than $35 million dollars in offence-related property and proceeds of crime has been seized. Some of the property seized includes more than $1 million in currency, 27 mafia-owned homes and 23 high-end luxury vehicles.
“These arrests signify the fall of power for the most significant ‘Ndrangheta crime family operating in York Region,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe. “Over the past 18 months, we have invested heavily, using our finest and most highly-trained investigators to bring an end to this family’s international illegal gaming and money-laundering activities. We know that violence has occurred as a result of their activities and that our community is a safer place following these arrests and charges.”
The investigation is ongoing.
News Briefing – January 2019
2019 AGM – Caesars Windsor – June 18-20 Invitation and Registration
We hope that you intend to join us at the GSPC 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be Hosted at Caesars Windsor June 18 – 20. It should be a great event, with an outstanding education program and a unique opportunity to network with the key persons engaged in the Canadian gaming industry's security, surveillance, risk management, cyber security and operational compliance functions. To get started, just follow the links to view the AGM Invitation and to Register.
AGM attendance is limited to GSPC members only. If you are not a member and interested in joining, please visit our membership page for details.
In 2019 we will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Gaming Security Professionals of Canada. The Association was formed in 1994 as a network of casino security directors in the early days of the Canadian industry. The initiative to create this network was undertaken by Loto-Quebec and it became a registered not-for profit called the Canadian Association of Casino Security Directors (CACSD). The mandate, scope and services provided by what evolved into the GSPC have broadened greatly since those early days, but the commitment to the security, integrity and responsibility of our industry has remained unchanged.
2019 – 2021 GSPC Strategic Plan
The GSPC Board of Directors is pleased to present its 2019 – 2021 Strategic Plan. We are confident it will provide the Association with the framework to support its continuing evolution. Your comments, questions and suggestions are most welcome. You can contact us via the GSPC website or direct to our Executive Director, Gerry Boose at email@example.com.
News Briefing – Dec 10 2018
Announcing Changes to GSPC Board of Directors
Our colleague Val Abela, Security Director at Casino Rama, has decided to step down from the GSPC Board of Directors owing to personal reasons. Val has been a Vice President on the Board and Chair of its Governance Committee. In stepping down, Val said, “I am VERY proud of the Association and even more proud to have been able to serve as a member of the Board and work alongside industry professionals. Â I greatly appreciate the support I received, thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Board and will be very happy to assist in any way possible going forward.” The Directors of the GSPC would like to thank Val for her service in this role and are pleased she will continue to be an active Member of the Association.
Michael Robitaille, appointed as Vice President of GSPC effective November 22, 2018, brings 20 years of gaming experience to the Board.
The GSPC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Michael Robitaille, Director Security and Surveillance Service Operations at OLG has been appointed by the Board to fill the vacancy created by Val’s departure. Such appointments are provided for in the GSPC Bylaws when a vacancy occurs mid-term. Mike’s appointment took effect on November 22, 2018 and will continue through to the 2020 AGM, at which point there would be an election. We welcome Mike and the OLG presence on the Board. Mike brings a wealth of experience to the table and OLG has been a great supporter of the Association. OLG has a very significant presence in the GSPC and has twice been a major Sponsor of the AGM’s.
Canadian Anti-Money Laundering Law 2018: A Period of Intense Activity – by Rob Kroeker, Vice President Corporate Security and Compliance, BCLC
This year has proven to be an active one when it comes to anti-money laundering law in Canada. As casinos, both land based and internet, are amongst the sectors of the economy subject to Canada’s anti-money laundering requirements, change to the anti-money laundering regime often mean important changes to anti-money laundering practice in casinos. As we will see, the activities this year, and the coming changes, will definitely have impacts to casinos across the country…