Don Bourgeois is a Principal of Gaming & Regulation Group Inc. and has a private practice of law. Don has over 20 years of experience in the gaming sector, primarily in executive positions. He has experience in all aspects of the gaming sector, including casinos, charitable gaming, lottery, internet gaming, and horse racing.
He was most recently General Counsel for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. As General Counsel, Don was the architect of the AGCO’s shift to a risk-based approach to regulation. He was responsible for the modernization of the Gaming Control Act and its regulation, the development of the Registrar’s Standards and Requirements, the Registrar’s eligibility assessment process for applicants for registration or licensing, and the AGCO’s regulatory assurance program. These initiatives, which are being implemented in tandem with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s modernization, have created a new, more flexible regulatory regime for the gaming sector, including the OLG and its operators and suppliers, while maintaining public confidence in gaming and protecting the public interest. Don was also responsible for a similar risk-based approach to liquor licensing and the modernization of the regulatory regime for this sector of the hospitality industry and manufacturers of liquor in Ontario.
Don has several years of experience with the Ontario Racing Commission and led or participated in a number of significant changes to the horse racing sector. He was the executive director of the ORC and its senior counsel. He is an experienced negotiator with First Nations and has been Ontario’s representative to a number of federal/provincial working groups in the racing and gaming sectors. He is also the author of The Law of Charitable and Casino Gaming and is recognized as one of Canada’s leading experts in gaming law. Don is also the author of several major texts on charitable and not-for-profit organization.
He is active in his community, with a focus on municipal strategic planning, arts and culture, and economic development. Don is also the recipient of several awards and honours, including The Amethyst Award for Outstanding Achievement by Ontario Public Servants, AMS/John Hodgson Award in recognition of his leadership, development of the law and service in the charitable arena, and the The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Duncan Brown is a 35 year veteran of gaming and brings a unique combination of senior experience as both a regulator and operator of lotteries, racinos and casinos. As Chief Executive Officer of Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation, Brown directed a company with revenues of $6.5 billion and 18,000 employees and associates operating 25 gaming properties and 10,000 lottery retail sites. Previously, Brown established and served as Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Gaming Control Commission and its successor, the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario. Brown has consulted on gaming related matters to Governments and suppliers and operators in different parts of the world. His experience makes him sensitive to the often conflicting dynamics of revenue and job creation versus responsible regulation – public policy considerations that often play out in highly visible and political environments. He holds a BA from York University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.
Jim Warren has over 20 years of progressive senior leadership experience in the gaming, corporate affairs and political arena. Jim founded Riseley Gaming in 2008 and quickly established Riseley as a major player in Canada’s gaming sector by winning a 20 year monopoly gaming license for the province of New Brunswick in partnership with 4 other companies. In 2015 Jim and his partners sold Casino New Brunswick, the only completely private owned and operated destination Casino in Canada.
In addition to his work at GRG Jim is currently a national political columnist for Postmedia and appears weekly on Newstalk 1010 CFRB radio.
Jim has advised some of the Ontario's top decision makers, serving as the Senior Communications Advisor to Premier of Ontario, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Ontario Lottery Gaming (OLG), Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Communications for the Mayor of the City of Toronto, and Director of Corporate Communications at Magna International Inc. Jim holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University and completed the Canadian Securities Course. Jim’s passion for his work keeps him on an energetic agenda, but he greatly enjoys his time with his two children.