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.
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.
To promote and encourage the exchange of ideas, information, experience, methods, processes and best practices related to security in the gaming industry.
To facilitate the collection and distribution of data, ideas, knowledge, methods and techniques related to security in the gaming industry.
To establish a code of ethics for its members and encourage observance of same.
To conduct an annual General Meeting for its members.
Below you will find some documents pertaining to the way that GSPC is governed, including our strategic plan, bylaws, and enterprise file.
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 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).
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.
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 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 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.
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 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).
Social Media Manager
Bill French has been a member of GSPC since 2018 and has recently been appointed to the role of Social Media Manager.
Bill holds the position of Senior Operational Security and Surveillance Specialist at Ontario Lottery and Gaming. He assists with the implementation of the Land Based Gaming Security and Surveillance strategy, focusing on Gaming Integrity Ontario and both casino and cGaming. Bill has a strong technical background, focused on networking and application development, and is also Six Sigma certified.
He started his career in 2000 as a table games dealer and supervisor at Casino Niagara. He joined surveillance in 2003 and held roles of operator and dual shift manager. In 2010 Bill joined OLG and moved through several progressive roles including Surveillance Manager and Transition Lead for the incumbent Service Provider in Ottawa, Hard Rock. While employed by Hard Rock Bill was appointed as Director of Compliance and Surveillance.
In September of 2019 Bill re-joined the OLG and has been in his current position since. He has over 19 years of combined Compliance, Security, and Surveillance experience.