Canadian Gaming Association Adds New Board Members

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on November 19, 2021
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Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) has some big news to share.

Last week, during its annual general meeting, the CGA announced four new additions to its board of directors.

Industry veterans Scott Burton, Neil Erlick, Jeffrey Haas and Chuck Keeling, made the cut.

“I am pleased to welcome Scott, Neil, Jeffrey and Chuck to the CGA Board of Directors and believe their experience will help the association implement its operational strategy as we move out of COVID,” said Paul Burns, CGA’s president and CEO.

“These seasoned professionals have strong track records as trusted leaders in the gaming industry, and they will provide invaluable insight as we look to launch a regulated igaming market in Ontario and single-event sports betting across Canada.”

Meet the team

Scott Burton, CEO, FansUnite Entertainment Inc

As a CEO, Burton is responsible for FansUnite’s business vision and framework, global operations, corporate strategy, and company development.

He served as CEO of Askott Entertainment, from 2014 to 2020, prior to its merger with FansUnite. 

Neil Erlick, chief corporate development officer, Nuvei

While improving Nuvei’s overall growth in the North American gaming market, Erlick oversees strategic business development in key industry verticals.

As someone who has more than 20-years of industry knowledge and experience, he is also responsible for corporate partnerships. His expertise includes payments, as well as sports and entertainment. 

Erlick also facilitated partnerships with professional sports teams and leagues and companies from high-growth digital sectors.

Jeffrey Haas, SVP, International Strategy, DraftKings Inc

Haas boasts more than 20 years of gambling industry experience.

Before joining DraftKings in 2015, he helped create some of the world’s most prominent digital and terrestrial gaming businesses. These include PokerStars, bwin, the World Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, European Poker Tour and PartyPoker.

Chuck Keeling, EVP, Stakeholder Relations and Responsible Gaming, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation

As his family co-owned racetracks in Surrey and Victoria (BC), Keeling became part of the industry early.

Great Canadian Gaming believed he was best suited to oversee its horse racing interests, so Keeling became executive VP in 2019. Prior, he served as the GCG’s VP since 2013.

Building Collaboration

“That the CGA Board added four new members is a testament to the Association’s exponential growth in 2021,” said Carrie Kormos, board chair.

“We welcomed 18 new members and diversified by adding sports betting and eSports operators, payment companies, and many non-gaming suppliers.” 

“This will provide the CGA with an opportunity to act as a convenor for the industry as a whole and build collaboration during this exciting period in Canadian gaming.”

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Katarina is a Toronto-based online gambling writer who holds a master's degree in journalism. Before joining PlayCanada, she was part of the AskGamblers crew where she reported about the world of online casinos and interviewed numerous iGaming experts. Being in the industry for 5 years, she became an expert in online slots.

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