Conference 2006

The theme for Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 2006 was Focus on the Future. The meaning of this theme was two-fold: it incorporated a focus on youth gambling prevention and also refered to innovation and future trends in the industry. The 2006 Responsible Gambling Conference, held at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 2nd and 3rd, incorporated this focus. Hosted by the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, the event was insightful, informative and progressive. More than 20 leading international experts discussed youth and community issues, examined emerging industry trends, and explored the future of responsible gambling.

The two-day conference provided an opportunity for members of the gaming industry, addictions counselors, healthcare professionals, community leaders, law enforcement officers, students, and others to learn more about the future of the industry, including how we can all work together to prevent the next generation of problem gamblers.

The following is a list of the PowerPoint presentations that were delivered at the conference:

Monday, October 2

Keynote Speaker

  • "Vice Capades: Yesterdays, Todays and Tomorrows of (Problem) Gambling." - Dr. Bo Bernhard, University of Nevada (Las Vegas)

Keynote Panel:

  • "Balancing the Scales: Can Social Responsibility Help Build a Solid Foundation for the Gaming Industry of the Future?" - Gail White, Social Responsibility, Communications and Public Affairs Consultant
  • "Can Social Responsibility Help Build a Solid Foundation for the Gambling Industry of the Future?" - Betty Palantzas, Ontario Lottery and Gaming
  • "Social Responsibility, Responsible Gamling and the Ethics of Commercial Gaming Industries." - Dr. Bill Eadington, University of Nevada (Reno)

Keynote Panel:

  • "How Technology is Shaping the Gambling Industry of th Future." - Maurice Richard, Atlantic Lottery Corporation

Concurrent Session:

  • "Neurobiology and Pharmacological Treatment of Pathological Gambling." - Dr. Jon Grant, University of Minnesota Medical Centre
  • "Filling the Research Gap: The Role of Academic Research in Promoting Socially Responsible Gambling." - Vickii Williams, Alberta Gaming Research Institute

Tuesday, October 3

Concurrent Sessions:

  • "Assessing Responsible Gambling Initiatives and the Growth of Aboriginal Gaming in Canada, 1984 - 2006." - Dr. Yale Belanger, University of Lethbridge.
  • "The Inside Story...What You Don't Know About Internet Gambling." - Salim Adatia, Technical Systems Testing
  • "Prevention Programs: Lessons From Other Industries." - Sharon MacKay, Labatt Breweries of Canada
  • "Partnering with the Dark Side: Adventures in Health Care and Responsible Gambling." - George Shipley, FGIworld and Margaret McGee, Nova Scoia Gaming Corporation

Keynote Panel:

  • "Is Youth Gambling Really a Bid Deal?" - Eric Meerkamper, D-Code
  • "Preventing the Next Generation of Problem Gamblers." - Mike Dodds, YMCA of Greater Toronto
  • "Youth Gambling: A Synopsis." - Dr. Rina Gupta, McGill University

Youth Summit:

  • "Let's Talk Prevention." - Terry Elman, New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling

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