Shelley White announces retirement from RGC

June 27, 2024 11:36 AM
Photo: CDC Gaming Reports
  • Mark Keast, CDC Gaming Reports
June 27, 2024 11:36 AM

You wouldn’t have suspected Shelley White’s retirement if you attended last week’s Canadian Gaming Summit in Toronto.

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White, CEO of the Responsible Gambling Council, was front and center on the conference stages at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, both introducing panels and taking part in industry discussions herself, like the one on sustainable growth in igaming, factoring in ESG (environmental, social, and governance) as RG evolves.

“You can’t leave without saying goodbye,” one moderator said to her, at the end of the “Redefining iGaming” panels at the end of Day 2.

That, of course, was an off-the-cuff comment, certainly not a news scoop, with the announcement on the Responsible Gambling Council’s LinkedIn page after the summit that White will be retiring this December.

“Shelley’s commitment to RGC and the people, organizations, and communities we serve globally is unparalleled. We will celebrate Shelley and the remarkable contribution she has made to RGC as her retirement date approaches,” the LinkedIn statement said.

The statement said the recruitment process for the new CEO has begun. There’s a link to a job page where people can apply for the soon-to-be vacant position.

White, in the CEO role since 2017, has been highly visible in the industry, especially since the regulated market in Ontario went live in April 2022.

“Shelley has been a passionate advocate for responsible gambling and Canada’s gaming industry during her tenure as CEO of the Responsible Gambling Council,” said Paul Burns, President & CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association. “It has been a pleasure working alongside her as we legalized single-event sports betting across the country and opened up Ontario’s regulated iGaming market. Her retirement is well-earned, and the industry thanks her for all her efforts.”