GSPC – Fall 2018 Newsletter

The GSPC is enhancing its Member services by issuing Newsletters each Spring, Winter and Fall, as well as providing News Briefings with an operational focus on emerging issues.

Please keep in mind that it is our Members that are the experts in Canadian Gaming Security and we welcome your input into the GSPC website, Newsletters and News Briefings. We encourage you to forward your ideas to Gerry Boose, our Executive Director, at [email protected].

Congratulations to Fallsview Casino on an Outstanding 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM)!

Those persons attending the 2018 AGM at Fallsview Casino will know that Richard Paris and his team did a great job in Hosting the event. The venue, the program and the networking opportunities were all first class and set a standard the GSPC will strive to replicate in future years.

Special thanks to our Title Sponsor, OLG as well as our Supporting Sponsors, Fallsview Casinos, BCLC, ISB and GardaWorld. As well, none of this would be possible without the continuing support of our Corporate Members, Honeywell, SSI, Omnigo (previously iView), GLI, Everi and Jean-Francois Lefebvre.

Thank you to all those persons who participated in our AGM satisfaction survey. You will find the results of the survey on the GSPC website at

Highlights of the 2018 Association Business Meeting (ABM).

The ABM is the last item on the agenda of the Annual General Meeting, at which time the focus is on the business of the Association.  The main item of business on the ABM agenda was the election of two Directors to fill vacancies created by end of terms.

Elected were:

  • Richard Paris of Fallsview Casinos, President
    3 year term – 2018 to 2021
  • Benoit Filiatreault of Loto-Quebec, Vice President
    3 year term – 2018 to 2021

The other Members of the GSPC Board are Vice Presidents Shawn McGurk of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, Val Abela of Casino Rama Resort, Brent Severeyns of Great Canadian Gaming and Vice President Secretary/Treasurer Kevin Sweeney of BCLC.

Other items of note included reaching the milestone of having 100 Members in the Association and the great strides made in updating the website in particular and ensuring the technological platform met the needs of the organization for the foreseeable future.

One area of concern was that while the Association’s balance sheet remains strong, it was anticipated that there would be some future funding pressures if the current trends continued. To mitigate this trend, there was a decision to increase the annual Membership Fees for Individuals to $200 and AGM Registration Fees to $300. There was also recognition that more Corporate Memberships would be required to sustain the level of services the organization has been providing.

Perhaps the highpoint of the ABM was the presentation of the Recognition of Outstanding Service award to the GSPC’s Immediate Past President, Lynda Vachon. Lynda was not able to attend the event and the award was accepted on her behalf by Benoit Filiatreault.

There was also the commitment of Caesars Windsor to Host the 2019 AGM and BCLC to Host the 2020 AGM.

Looking Forward to the 2019 AGM at Caesars Windsor.

The GSPC had been working with the Canadian Gaming Summit for many months to coordinate our events at Caesars Windsor in 2019, but a late and unexpected decision by the Summit to move their event to Edmonton in the same time frame left your Association with the necessity of going it alone. Where possible, your Association tries to collaborate with the Summit to accommodate our Members and Sponsors who wish to participate in both, but with the lack of consultation and late notice, we are left with the situation where we are not going to be able to do that and our Members will unfortunately have to choose to attend one or the other. We hope you choose us!

In any event, the GSPC 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held at Caesars Windsor commencing with a reception the evening of Tuesday June 18 and being concluded at approximately Noon on Thursday June 20. Mark it in your calendars!

Strategic Planning

You will find the GSPC’s Strategic Plan 2015-2018 on our website. We are pleased to see that many of our strategic initiatives have been achieved over the term, but much remains to be done. Your Board will be putting its collective mind to the strategic direction for 2018-2021 over the next few months. Your thoughts would be most welcome.

Want to Get Involved?

The GSPC Board has a number of committees chaired by our Vice Presidents.  They are as follows:

  • Membership
    Brent Severeyns, Great Canadian Gaming
  • Communication
    Shawn McGurk, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries
  • Governance
    Val Abela, Casino Rama Resort
  • Education
    Kevin Sweeney, BCLC

If you want to get involved in any of these activities, you can contact the respective chairs accordingly.  Their coordinates are in the Membership list located in the Members Only portion of our website.

Please note that we have a particular need for social media expertise on the Communication Committee.  Shawn would be pleased to hear from you if you or someone within your area of responsibility would like to participate.