Industry Leadership and Outstanding Contribution
Don Bourgeois is a Principal of Gaming & Regulation Group Inc. and has a private practice of law. Don has over 20 years of experience in the gaming sector, including casinos, charitable gaming, lottery, Internet gaming, and horseracing.
He was most recently General Counsel for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. As General Counsel, Don was the architect of the AGCO’s shift to a risk-based approach to regulation. He was responsible for the modernization of the Gaming Control Act and its regulation, the development of the Registrar’s Standards and Requirements, the Registrar’s eligibility assessment process for applicants for registration or licensing, and the AGCO’s regulatory assurance program.
“I am very grateful and honoured to receive this award,” says Don. “It marks a major change in my career, as it shifts from the public to the private sector. My career started during the infancy of the industry in Canada and coincidentally it is also going through a major transition with great opportunities for Canadians.
“The industry has evolved and changed over the years and, as a result, I have experienced new challenges and opportunities on a regular basis. The variety of work, issues, people and opportunities have been fascinating from both professional and personal perspectives.”
Don has several years of experience with the Ontario Racing Commission and was the executive director of the ORC and its senior counsel. He is an experienced negotiator with First Nations and has been Ontario’s representative to a number of federal/provincial working groups in the racing and gaming sectors. He is also the author of The Law of Charitable and Casino Gaming and is recognized as one of Canada’s leading experts in gaming law.
“I would like to thank the individuals who have given me the chances to participate in the industry and who always found ways to manage and overcome my mistakes. But two individuals in particular deserve my thanks for their wisdom, tolerance and guidance – Duncan Brown and Jean Major. And speaking of tolerance, my wife, Susan Campbell whose support was always there."