PointsBet Canada Appoints Former Mazooma Director Chantal Cipriano as Legal VP
July 13, 2021
PointsBet has expanded its growing senior team in Canada with the appointment of former Mazooma director Chantal Cipriano as Vice President, Legal, Compliance & People.
The premier global online gaming operator, which is gearing up for a leading presence in the Canadian sports betting and iGaming market, has added to its early corporate profile in Canada with the appointment of Cipriano, an experienced gaming and sports betting industry lawyer.
Cipriano joins Nic Sulsky, PointsBet Canada's recently appointed Chief Commercial Officer, as the company continues to showcase what it describes as a commitment to building a uniquely Canadian operation fit for and true to the market.
A native Canadian and long-time Toronto resident, Cipriano joins PointsBet from Mazooma, where she was Senior Director of Legal & Compliance, helping guide the fintech company in providing real-time, bank account level data intelligence and bank-verified payment processing for licensed online gaming and sports betting operators in regulated U.S. markets.
"With the legalization of single-event sports betting in Canada, PointsBet sits at the forefront of one of the most exciting new gaming market opportunities in our country," said Cipriano in a release. "With its innovative business model and talented leadership teams in Australia, Ireland, the United States, and now Canada, we are collectively committed to building a company that captures this market opportunity, creates a brand that strongly resonates with Canadian consumers, and ultimately, a diverse company that the Canadian executive team can be proud to lead.
"The sports betting landscape will evolve at a rapid pace in Canada, and I look forward to assisting PointsBet navigate that evolution as the company continues to scale."
Previously, Cipriano was a lawyer in the Toronto office of Dickinson Wright, providing strategic legal advice to clients involved in the land-based and online gambling industries. Her practice primarily focused on advising of the requirements related to licensing, compliance and governance, and risk mitigation.
She is also a published author of the Canada chapter for LexisNexis' Gaming Law and Practice Book, Chambers and Partners' Gaming, Gambling and Licensing Practice Guide for Canada, and various articles in gaming publications. In addition, Cipriano is an adjunct professor with the University of New Hampshire, teaching its Canada chapter of the Global Regulation of Sports Betting Course under its Sports Wagering and Integrity Certificate Program, and an advisory board member to Gaming Americas.
"Equipping the PointsBet team with best-in-class talent to realize best-in-class execution has always been our mandate, and we are excited today to take an additional stride in that respect for PointsBet Canada, adding Chantal Cipriano – a terrific leader with deep industry expertise," said Johnny Aitken, PointsBet USA CEO. "Chantal joins Nic Sulsky, PointsBet Canada's recently appointed Chief Commercial Officer, as just our second of many talented, authentic Canadian hires to come as we work to ensure our Canadian leadership team understands, represents, and appropriately connects with the local sports environment and its distinct, passionate fanbase."