TORONTO, ON., December 18, 2023 – The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) today announced the appointment of two new members of the Association’s Board of Directors, which took place during the CGA’s Annual General Meeting on December 6, 2023.

Scott Woodgate, BetMGM 

Scott Woodgate is Vice-President (Canada) for BetMGM. Prior to joining BetMGM, he spent his career in the content industry. Based in the UK then in New York, Scott was a content and production executive for the global streaming service DAZN.  Previous to that, the Vancouver native held leadership and production roles at Rogers Sportsnet and CTV News, working across editorial, production and strategy.

Kurt Gissane, Aristocrat 

Kurt Gissane serves as Senior Vice President of Sales for North America for Aristocrat Gaming, where he oversees tribal gaming, Class 3, Class 2, CD, ATLS, VLT/VGT, GACOAM and new markets. As a Gaming veteran with over 23 years of industry experience working across Australia, Asia and North America, his extensive knowledge allows him to drive comprehensive strategy and seamless delivery of Aristocrat’s incredible gaming content to the company’s customer base in North America.

In addition, Richard Taylor was reappointed for a second three-year term.

“I want to thank Scott Woodgate and Kurt Gissane for accepting these positions, which will play an important role in supporting the growth and sustainability of Canada’s gaming industry, and I have confidence that their diverse experiences will be valuable to the Association as it delivers on its mandate” said Ilkim Hincer, Chair of the Board.

“We are excited to welcome Scott and Kurt to the Board. Their knowledge and expertise will add immense value as the CGA continues to drive our strategic mandate to advance the evoluation of a regulated and responsible industry through collaboration, education, and advocacy,” said Paul Burns, President and CEO of the CGA. “With Scott and Kurt, we are adding the right voices, experiences, and geographical representation to the table.”

The Full 2023/2024 CGA Board of Directors

  • Scott Burton, CEO, FansUnite Entertainment Inc.
  • Danielle Bush, Counsel, McCarthy Tetrault, LLP
  • Bruce Caughill, Managing Director (Canada) Rush Street Interactive
  • Dean Ehrlich, Executive Vice President & Games Business Leader, Everi
  • Neil Erlick, Chief Corporate Development Officer, Nuvei
  • Kurt Gissane, Senior Vice President, Sales Gaming, Aristocrat
  • Jeffrey Haas
  • Mark Harper
  • Ilkim Hincer, Partner, Chair Gaming, Fogler Rubinoff LLP and Managing Director, FR Advisors LP
  • Charmaine Hogan, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Playtech
  • Dale Hooper, General Manager, FanDuel Canada
  • Chuck Keeling, EVP, Stakeholder Relations and Responsible Gaming, Great Canadian Entertainment
  • Carrie Kormos, Chief Marketing & Communication Officer, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment
  • Adriane McGrath, Vice President, Business Development, Konami Gaming Inc.
  • Niaz Nejad
  • Rob Scarpelli, Managing Director, HLT Advisory Inc.
  • Richard Taylor, President, Niagara Casinos
  • Scott Vanderwell, CEO, PointsBet Canada
  • Shelley White, President & CEO, Responsible Gambling Council
  • Scott Woodgate, Vice President (Canada), BetMGM