Canadian Gaming Summit 2023

Canadian Gaming Summit 2023 doubles, over the three days, attendee numbers under SBC.

SBC celebrates the success of the 26th edition of the Canadian Gaming Summit, marking a momentous milestone as the event was organized and produced by the events and media company for the first time since its acquisition last year.

This year’s conference and tradeshow, held in partnership with the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA), shattered all previous records by drawing more than 2,000 attendees at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on June 13-15. The event surpassed last year’s figures, doubling the number of participants and establishing an unparalleled benchmark for the show’s success.

“We wanted to work with SBC because of their expertise in organizing gaming conferences worldwide. I think it’s been evident in the huge attendance that the execution has been fantastic. Everybody’s talking about what a wonderful event it has been,” said Paul Burns, President & CEO, CGA.

“I came to this event last year and it’s a very different feel this time around. This event is evolving and SBC brought more creative companies and ideas. You brought together the thought leaders and highlighted the intricacies of this market, which are many, so when I think about the innovations happening in the industry the first event I go to is an event like this. I’m really impressed with SBC,” said Jai Maw, President, Betting Hero.

Spanning three days, the event showcased a multitude of informative conference sessions, each taking place concurrently in three conference rooms and led by over 180 distinguished speakers renowned for their expertise in the Canadian market. 

Complementing the educational experience, attendees were treated to a vibrant show floor housing over 90exhibitors and sponsors and a series of networking events, further solidifying the event’s stature as an unrivaled hub of knowledge exchange. 

Rasmus Sojmark, CEO & Founder of SBC, said: “Our inaugural experience surpassed all expectations. Prior to the summit, we engaged in extensive conversations with exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers, delving into the nuances of the market to better cater to our audience. Leveraging the vast network of SBC connections, we managed to elevate this event into the pinnacle gathering for the Canadian gaming industry.”

The event commenced with a pre-day conference on June 13, focusing exclusively on the crucial topic of player protection. This integral component of SBC’s event was introduced into the Canadian show, underscoring the paramount significance of player safety and responsible gambling.

The distinguished roster of speakers showcased industry luminaries, including Duncan Hannay (President & CEO, Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation), who delivered opening remarks. Notable names such as Marie-Noelle Savoie (Chief Compliance Officer, BCLC), Steve Tunison (VP of Gaming, Lotteries and Gaming Saskatchewan), Pat Cook (Vice President Corporate Affairs, Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority), Desiree Gervais (Vice President Human Resources, SIGA), Ray Pineault (CEO, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment) and llkim Hincer (EVP & Chief Legal Officer, Hard Rock International) also delivered keynotes at the event.

“Having the opportunity to hear panels that included our province’s Attorney General, representatives from iGaming Ontario, and the CEO of our regulator – you don’t get that very often. That was huge. A great deal of thought has been put into selecting the panelists who would work together and not only build on what the other is saying but share some different perspectives and share them with respect. Those elements can make something go from being good to great,” said Catherine L Meade, VP Community, Sustainability & Social Responsibility, OLG.

The event was further elevated by SBC’s signature elements, including the highly anticipated First Pitch startup competition, which culminated in Linemate, a B2C app catering to entry-level sports bettors, emerging as the victorious contender. Attendees also benefited from an exclusive masterclass focused on comprehending and implementing return-to-player principles to optimize electronic gaming revenues. Finally, the First Nations Awardshonored SIGA for their social responsibility in the community, including their commitment to safety in gaming and player health.

“From the outset, we infused the event with the distinctive quality associated with SBC. Engaging with attendees at the Summit and their positive feedback on the event’s organization reaffirmed our efforts. The attendee numbers doubled, and the conference rooms were brimming with participants. Congratulations to our entire team,” Sojmarkadded.

The Canadian Gaming Summit will return to Toronto June 18-20, 2024.

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