Global gaming operator, PointsBet, announced the appointment of Chantal Cipriano to vice president, legal, compliance & people, for its Canada online sports betting operations.
The appointment, announced this week, strengthens the company’s Canadian executive team. Cipriano joins recently appointed CCO Nic Sulsky.
Both appointments show PointsBet’s commitment to building a uniquely Canadian team in the wake of the legalization of single-event sports betting. After nearly a decade of attempts, Bill C-218, the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act, received Royal Assent on June 29.
Home Grown Talent
Born and raised in Canada, Cipriano previously served as senior director of legal and compliance for Mazooma, a gaming industry fin-tech provider. There she helped guide the provision of real-time data intelligence and bank-verified payment processing to licensed US operators.
“With the legalization of single-event sports betting in Canada, PointsBet sits at the forefront of one of the most exciting new gaming market opportunities in our country,” said Cipriano.
“We are collectively committed to building a company that captures this market opportunity, creates a brand that strongly resonates with Canadian consumers. And ultimately, a diverse company that the Canadian executive team can be proud to lead,” she added. “The sports betting landscape will evolve at a rapid pace in Canada, and I look forward to assisting PointsBet navigate that evolution.”
Before her stint with Mazooma, Cipriano was a lawyer at Dickinson Wright in Toronto, where she provided strategic advice to the gambling industry. There she primarily focused on requirements for licensing, compliance and governance, and mitigating risk.
Cipriano is a published author and adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire in its Sports Wagering and Integrity Certificate Program. She also sits on the advisory board for Gaming Americas and is Special Counsel, Gaming for Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.
“Equipping the PointsBet team with best-in-class talent to realize best-in-class execution has always been our mandate,” said Johnny Aitken, PointsBet USA CEO. “And, we are excited today to take an additional stride in that respect for PointsBet Canada, adding Chantal Cipriano.”
“Chantal joins Nic Sulsky, PointsBet Canada’s recently appointed Chief Commercial Officer, as just our second of many talented, authentic Canadian hires to come as we work to ensure our Canadian leadership team understands, represents, and appropriately connects with the local sports environment and its distinct, passionate fanbase.”