Our History

GSPC is a not-for-profit organization which was first created in 1994. In its early years, the group consisted of a small number of senior security professionals from commercial casinos across the country. Association members communicated continuously and met annually to share information and discuss cross-jurisdictional issues such as responsible gaming programs, casino crimes, game protection, and new technologies. A Code of Ethics was also established wherein members were expected to act as role models of probity and maintain a high level of personal integrity.

With an increasing membership and growing interest in the Association, it was incorporated in 1999 as a not-for-profit organization named the Canadian Association of Casino Security Directors (CACSD). A set of bylaws were developed which defined its purpose, created membership criteria, and established a Board of Directors. An educational component was added to its mandate to advance the professional development of Association members. In 2008 CACSD began a partnership with the Canadian Gaming Summit, offering a Security and Surveillance educational program to the conference that has proven to be very successful.

In 2011 the organization evolved into the GSPC with an amendment to its Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The new name reflected a broadened mandate that had emerged over a number of years to include surveillance, investigation and compliance functions, as well as conventional lottery ticket systems, video lottery terminals, electronic gaming centres and e-gaming. It also reflected the opening up of its membership criteria to allow less senior members of the gaming security community to participate in the hope that our association could serve to support the development of the next generation of leaders in the industry.

Today, the breadth of the GSPC membership includes gaming professionals from the areas of Security, Surveillance, Compliance, Risk Management and Cyber Security. Consistent with its tradition, membership meets once per year at various locales across the country for the purposes of conducting its AGM, sharing information and best practices and participating in an education program that addressed current and emerging issues.

Our Purpose

Learning

To host educational sessions by providing guest speakers, presentations and lectures in order to foster, encourage and promote discussion on cross jurisdictional issues and matters of common interest.

Collaboration

To promote and encourage the exchange of ideas, information, experience, methods, processes and best practices related to security in the gaming industry.

Sharing

To facilitate the collection and distribution of data, ideas, knowledge, methods and techniques related to security in the gaming industry.

Ethics

To establish a code of ethics for its members and encourage observance of same.

Meeting

To conduct an annual General Meeting for its members.

Governance

Below you will find some documents pertaining to the way that GSPC is governed, including our strategic plan, bylaws, and enterprise file.

Our Board

Richard Paris

Richard Paris

President

Richard Paris has served on the GSPC Board of Directors since 2007 in various capacities including; Vice-President, President and Chair of multiple committees.

Richard first joined Casino Niagara as the Security Director in 2001 and became a GSPC member that same year. He was the security lead for the Fallsview Casino Resort opening team in 2004 and is currently the Director of Security for both casinos in Niagara Falls. Richard has over 25 years of experience in the security, safety, compliance and investigations fields, in related positions with the Canadian Football League, Royal Ontario Museum, Canada Revenue Agency, and many other public and private sector organizations. He is a guest lecturer at Niagara College and a member of several joint committees and advisory groups.

Richard is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A., M.S.W) and Seneca College (Law Enforcement & Security).

Gerald Boose

Gerald Boose

Executive Director

Gerald Boose has been a Member of the GSPC since 2001 and currently holds the position of Executive Director.

He has held senior executive positions in public policing and the gaming industry.

As an independent consultant, Mr. Boose provides advice to gaming organizations in the fields of security, surveillance, investigation, regulatory compliance and corporate governance.

He is a graduate of the University of Windsor (B.Comm.), Queen’s University (MPA) and the National Defence College of Canada (NDC).

Michael Robitaille

Michael Robitaille

Vice President

At Ontario Lottery and Gaming, Michael Robitaille executes Security and Surveillance land based gaming strategies focusing on the protection of people, protection of provincial assets, responsible gaming, compliance and gaming integrity by directing the Ontario Self Exclusion/Facial Recognition program, Gaming Integrity Ontario and conduct and manage obligations within Ontario’s modernized gaming industry. Michael is Six Sigma certified with a strong IT background and Canadian Police College certification in Advanced Open Source Intelligence supporting his Associate Certified Fraud Examiner status (AMLP, PSP) benefiting Ontario’s gaming integrity mandate by expanding focus on intelligence tools that are effective within a technologically advanced gaming market.

Brent Severeyns

Brent Severeyns

Vice President

Brent Severeyns is a Vice President of the GSPC and Chair of the Membership Committee he has been a member since 2000.

He started his Security & Surveillance career in 1983 with the Hudson Bay Company. In 1995 he became involved with the preopening team for Sheraton Casinos in Nova Scotia and in 1996 was appointed Surveillance Manager. In 2010 Mr. Severeyns took on the role of Regional Surveillance Manager for Great Canadian Gaming and in 2016 was appointed Regional Manager of Security & Compliance. He has over 30 years of combined Security & Surveillance experience.

Kevin Sweeney

Kevin Sweeney

Vice President & Secretary-Treasurer

Kevin Sweeney leads the execution of Security, Compliance and Privacy strategies, programs and processes for risk control, partner and asset protection and compliance with relevant acts, legislation, policies and procedures and helps influence and drive consistent compliance strategies and practices, threat assessment and asset protection approaches to mitigate loss, litigation risk and protect the BCLC brand.

Kevin has over 18 years of experience in the gaming industry and has held senior management positions within both the Private and Public Sector. Kevin is board certified in Risk Management, holds the Certification for International Counter-Cybercrime Professionals (CICP) and has been called upon as a subject matter expert for Casino Security and Surveillance Operations in the development of various curriculum and training programs as well as an expert witness for court purposes.

Kevin has extensive experience in creating and developing policy and procedures for all facets of gaming operations and has successfully implemented loss prevention strategies, corporate and physical security programs, AML compliance programs/training, and the overall regulatory compliance and security programs for the BCLC."

Shawn McGurk

Shawn McGurk

Vice President

Shawn McGurk has been a member of the GSPC since 2009 and has served on the Membership Committee since 2011. He started his career in Casino Security with Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries in 1995. For over 22 years, he has held various management positions within Security, Investigations, Surveillance and Casino Operations. He is currently the Director of Corporate Security for Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries and oversees Corporate Investigations, Security Programs, Loss Prevention, Compliance and the Anti-Money Laundering Program.

Shawn is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg (B.A. Sociology) and the Executive Development Program from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Benoit Filiatreault

Benoit Filiatreault

Vice President

Benoit Filiatreault is the most recent Vice President of the GSPC and currently holds the position of Acting Corporate Security Director at Loto-Québec.

Benoit has over 30 years of experience in the security field. He started as a guard supervisor at the new National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in 1988. In 1996, Benoit was hired by the Casino du Lac-Leamy as a Physical Security Supervisor. Shortly after, he was appointed Surveillance Manager and subsequently became Floor/Gaming Manager. He occupied the position of Player Development Manager for a few months, before being appointed Director of Security, Surveillance and Investigations at the Casino du Lac-Leamy and Casino de Mont-Tremblant in 2008.

Considering his diverse and unusual career path, Benoit has acquired a broad perspective on all aspects of casino operations.

Administration

Cathy Cuglietta

Cathy Cuglietta

Membership Coordinator

Cathy Cuglietta has been a member of the GSPC since 2009. Her role within the GSPC has been to provide administrative support starting with website administration and for the past five years assisting with member enrolment, communication and invoicing duties.

Cathy has been an employee of BCLC for over 20 years with various roles in the Legal, Compliance and Security Department since 2003. Most recently she works as an Intel Analyst in the AML unit. In 2015, Cathy completed the Intelligence Analysis Graduate Program at the Justice Institute of BC and as of Feb 2017 achieved her CAMS (Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist) designation.

Jaude Pominville

Jaude Pominville

Financial Coordinator

Jaude Pominville has been performing various administrative duties for the GSPC since 2012. She has an in-depth knowledge of GSPC finances, and assists in other areas of the organization as well (communication, legal, etc.).

Jaude serves as the Internal Control Analyst within the Société des casinos du Québec’s Finance and Oversight Department. Among other things, she is in charge of coordinating the writing of policies, guidelines and procedures relating to all aspects of the casinos’ activities, so as to ensure that all risks are appropriately identified and controlled. She previously held the position of Security Analyst within Loto-Québec’s Corporate Security Department for over 8 years, where she was called in to analyze and consult on a wide range of security matters within the gaming industry. Prior to that position, she was a strategic analyst for the Longueuil police department.

Jaude is a graduate of the Université de Montréal (M. Sc. Criminology, 2007).

Kurt Raffai

Kurt Raffai

Communications Coordinator

Kurt Raffai has been a member of the GSPC since 2014 and has been performing the website administrator duties since then. Kurt currently works as the Manager of Surveillance for SaskGaming. He began his career at SaskGaming in 1996 in the Table Games department as a dealer, supervisor and instructor. Kurt transferred into Surveillance in 2003 as a Surveillance Monitor and Business Administrator. In 2005, Mr. Raffai moved into the Security Analyst role, where he worked on training, reporting and audit planning for the Surveillance team. Subsequently, he was the Manager of Corporate Security. In that role, he led a team of 70 men and women, including managers, security guards and control room officers. In addition, he has served as the organization’s Manager of Compliance, where he focused on Anti-Money Laundering initiatives, among other things. During his time with SaskGaming, Mr. Raffai has continued his studies through the National Alliance for Insurance and Education and Programmer Analyst through the Career Development institute. Kurt has worked as a volunteer for the Grey Cup Safety and Security team. His duties there included preparing risk assessments for venues hosting Grey Cup events.