This series presents leading international responsible gambling approaches, informed by the work of the global Responsible Gambling Council.
About this event
Responsible gambling is an essential player protection strategy and in constant evolution – new technologies, research, policies, and programs are constantly being implemented and tested. This seminar series will present leading international responsible gambling approaches, informed by the work of the Responsible Gambling Council across the globe.
The individual programs will highlight the evidence and opportunities for responsible gambling information centers, the value of a collective approach to standards and accreditation, and the benefits of using innovative programming to target players at lower levels of risk. Attendees will gain new knowledge of how to bolster their own responsible gambling efforts and manage key risks using the latest strategies and approaches.
- July 29, 2021: 12:00 – 1:30 PDT (3-4:30 p.m. eastern)
- August 5, 2021 12 noon – 1:30 PDT (3-4:30 p.m. eastern)
- August 12, 2021 12 noon – 1:30 PDT (3-4:30 p.m. eastern)
July 29, 2021 : Responsible Gambling Information Centers
- Reflect evidence of RG best practice elements
- Feasible implementation
- Signs of positive impact
- Challenges and opportunities
August 5, 2021: Responsible Gambling Standards and Accreditation
- The Case for Standards - a common understanding of safe, established practices across a range of areas
- Operationalizing Standards: The Case for Accreditation - independent, third party assessment
- Collective Approach: Benefits for external stakeholders
- Standards, Change and Innovation
August 12, 2021 Responsible Gambling as Prevention
- Responsible Gambling as Prevention
- Social marketing for target populations
- Community based initiatives - working at a local level with community partners
- Opportunities for safeguards and information for casual/new players
As Director, Standards and Accreditation, for Canada’s Responsible Gambling Council (RGC), Tracy leads the development and execution of the RG Check accreditation program. Tracy’s commitment to player health and collaborative approach to policy, compliance and risk-management bring a practical focus to how the standards and accreditation can improve the player experience.
Prior to RGC, Tracy was as Senior Manager, Policy & Social Responsibility at Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) where she developed and executed strategy related to culture building, player education and responsible gambling policy. Previous positions included Senior Associate, Interpraxis Consulting, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy, and Values Programs Manager, The Body Shop Canada.
She has led workshops and seminars on CSR reporting and communications, international business ethics and ethical decision-making. Tracy holds a Master Business Administration degree with a specialization in Sustainability and Strategy from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She has also completed a Bachelor of Public Administration at Carleton University.
Dr. Sasha Stark
Dr. Sasha Stark is Senior Researcher with the Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices at the Responsible Gambling Council, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting safer gambling in Canada and internationally. Dr. Stark has worked in the gambling field for almost 15 years, engaging both Canadian and international stakeholders in the responsible gambling space.
In her role, Dr. Stark has conducted both primary research initiatives as well as practical and operations-focused benchmarking, program and product design, and evaluation. Some of her recent projects focus on assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on online gambling behaviors and harm, re-envisioning youth gambling prevention, participating in community-based gambling prevention programs, and exploring the implications of sports betting and cannabis expansion.
Dr. Alex Price
Dr. Alex Price is a Senior Researcher with the Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices at the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For nearly six years, he has actively lead research and evaluation projects in several areas of gambling harm minimization, responsible gambling, and positive play. Prior to joining the RGC, Dr. Price spent 10 years in the fields of public health research and practice, including work with the Provincial Health Services Authority in British Columbia and the Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In the gambling field, some of his work has included multi-phase research on the secondary effects of COVID-19 on mental health, substance use, financial stress, and online gambling risk; the development of best-practices for self-exclusion reinstatement and renewal; comprehensive evidence review and policy advising in support of Canada’s national low-risk gambling guidelines; and much more. Dr. Price has also conducted evaluations of responsible gambling information centres in Ontario, Canada, with a special focus on the progressive impact of key program elements on casino patrons and gaming staff.