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VIXIO GamblingCompliance has announced that the recipient of the Global Regulatory Award for Compliance Lifetime Achievement will be Paul Burns, CEO and President of the Canadian Gaming Association.
The Special Compliance Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored this year by BetConstruct, recognizes the achievements of an individual who has been involved in the gaming industry for many years and whose contribution to the advancement of compliance culture and regulatory standards in the within the industry has been outstanding. .
Paul Burns was instrumental in the creation of the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) in 2005, initially as Vice President. Under his leadership, the association has grown to include major operators, manufacturers and suppliers to Canadian industry. Paul was named President and CEO of CGAs in 2018.
Through the CGA, Paul Burns was responsible for the development of industry-wide research and programs, including the publication of the most comprehensive study of the economic impact of gambling in Canada. . Most recently, Paul led the CGA’s advocacy efforts for the repeal of Canada’s federal ban on single-event sports betting, which was achieved during the approval of legislation in Parliament in June 2021, as well as the historic opening of Ontario’s online gaming market, launched in April 2022.
Paul Burns said, “I would like to thank VIXO and the judges of the Global Regulatory Awards for honoring me as this year’s recipient of the Compliance Lifetime Achievement Award. I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with exceptionally talented gaming industry professionals and regulators across Canada throughout my career, and collectively we have worked – and continue to work – to make advancing the evolution of the gaming industry in Canada. Over the past two years, we have seen the results of years of effort to modernize Canada’s sports betting laws as well as Ontario’s launch of Canada’s first regulated online gambling market. I share this honor with everyone who has contributed to these landmark achievements and look forward to helping make Canada’s largest entertainment industry one of the best in the world.
James Kilsby, Chief Analyst and Vice President Americas, VIXIO said, “Paul Burns is a very worthy winner in the Lifetime Achievement category of the VIXIO GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards for 2022 – a year that saw the market open competition for online gambling and the first year of legal single-event sports betting since changes to Canada’s federal Criminal Code last summer. It is well recognized within the industry that Paul and the Canadian Gaming Association were instrumental in these two historic events for the entire gaming market in Canada, neither of which happened overnight. day, but which were instead the product of many, many years of careful advocacy on the part of Paul, his colleagues and CGA members. On behalf of VIXIO, I would like to congratulate Paul on his well-deserved recognition and thank our independent judging panel for their careful review of this award.