That has been our goal since day one when the association was formed in March 2005 at a meeting in Niagara Falls during the annual gaming show. One of the priorities set by the founding members was to acquire the event from its third-party owner and “raise the bar” with regards to production and content.
As a result, one of our first orders of business was to partner with MediaEdge Communications for their event planning and implementation expertise. The combination of event production expertise and industry ownership and knowledge produced immediate results, starting with the 2006 Summit in Vancouver which featured enhanced content and product exhibition.
From the start, our goal for the summit has been to produce an event relevant to Canada’s major players, including the crown agencies charged with conducting and managing, and regulating gaming; gaming property owners and operators; the charitable gaming sector; First Nations, and the manufacturers and suppliers of gaming equipment, systems, and services.
Every year since 2006 has seen improvements in the quality of the Summit education and information components, which has been achieved principally through consultation. I am pleased to inform you of a major step forward in this regard.