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William P. Rutsey, President and CEO
Bill Rutsey brings a wealth of industry expertise and hands-on experience to his role as chief executive of the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA). He has participated in gaming at the most senior levels from both the public and private sector perspectives for the past fifteen years, including assisting in the creation of gaming policy and casino development in Ontario and Nova Scotia.
As Practice Leader of the Coopers and Lybrand Gaming Consulting Practice, he advised numerous private and public sector clients, including the Ontario government (authoring the Ontario Casino Market and Economic Impact Study – the blueprint for the Ontario casino gaming industry), Windsor Casino, the Chippewa of Rama First Nation (Mnjikaning First Nation) and the Halifax Hilton Hotel (resulting in casino-style gaming approval).
As CEO of private sector companies, he has planned, developed and managed gaming businesses in Ontario, Las Vegas and internationally, and been licensed by gaming regulators in both Nevada and Ontario. He has been a commentator on gaming issues in media and before government.
As chief executive of the CGA, Mr. Rutsey is the national advocate for the gaming entertainment industry and responsible for positioning the association to address regulatory, political and educational issues affecting the industry.
Paul Burns, Vice President
Paul Burns is Vice President of the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA).
Mr. Burns was instrumental in establishing the CGA in 2005, recognizing the need for a unified voice for the gaming industry in Canada,. Under his leadership the association has grown to include the industry’s leading operators, manufacturers, and supplier’s nation-wide.
He has been responsible for the development of industry-wide research and programs, including, the release of the country’s most comprehensive study on the economic impact of gaming in Canada, and the expansion of the industry’s national annual conference, the Canadian Gaming Summit.
Mr. Burns’ focus is on critical areas such as responsible gaming, addressing legislative and regulatory issues, and providing leadership on emerging issues.
He is a seasoned public affairs practitioner with more than 20 years’ experience in the private and public sectors.
Prior to his role with the CGA, Mr. Burns served as Corporate Compliance Officer for RPC Gaming, a Canadian-based gaming company operating a chain of gaming establishments in Las Vegas, Nevada. He also served as Vice President, Corporate Affairs, for RPC Anchor Gaming, and worked with the Government of Ontario to develop charity casinos in the province.
Mr. Burns specializes in policy development and implementation and has held key policy roles at all levels of government. As policy advisor to the Ontario Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations, he directed government initiatives in the gaming sector that included the expansion of gaming in Ontario in such areas as the introduction of slots at racetracks.
Following his work with the Province of Ontario, Mr. Burns served as Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Toronto, where he oversaw economic development and public transit issues.
He has also been a consultant with one of Canada’s leading public affairs firm, where he advised clients on a range of public policy and procurement issues.
Mr. Burns is frequently asked to speak about the gaming industry at conferences and events both nationally and abroad.