The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) has appointed long-serving executive Paul Burns to the role of president and chief executive.

Burns assumes the role with immediate effect, replacing William Rutsey, who has been in the role since March 2005. 

Burns has over 20 years’ experience in the Canadian gaming industry, including serving as senior policy advisor to the Ontario minister responsible for gaming, where he was tasked with getting Ontario's charity casino model and slots at racetrack program off the ground.

He was also instrumental in the creation and launch of the CGA in 2005, serving as vice president of public affairs for the association, which was been fighting for years to bring single event sports betting to Canadians.

"Paul is a world-class gaming executive with a wealth of knowledge about the Canadian gaming industry," said Robert Parente, chair of the CGA’s board of directors. "He brings outstanding leadership to this association and possesses the vision and skill that the board requires to advance the CGA over the years to come."

"The strength of Canadian gaming is well known, and I have been fortunate to experience both the challenges and opportunities that come with working in this industry," said Burns.

"Twenty years in gaming have given me a keen understanding of what our industry is facing as I take over as president and CEO of the CGA. I look forward to working with Bob and the other directors to implement a strategic plan that will function as a roadmap for the association and make us better partners to our members."


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