Industry Leadership and Outstanding Contribution
Passion, creativity, and innovative thinking are just some of the tools in Luc Morin's toolbox that have helped this industry veteran achieve great success under the Casino de Montréal banner. With over twenty years experience in the industry, including fifteen in Casino de Montréal operations, he has helped the facility meet the challenges of today's industry, and prepare it to be a leader for years to come.
Today, Morin continues to be a key figure in Casino de Montréal's modernization initiative. For the past five years he has served as director of new product development for the Société des casinos du Québec (SCQ). Among his achievements is SCQ's unique Zone concept that unites forty different gaming terminals into a single multimedia environment hosted by a casino staff. Once engaged in the “zone” players can interact with the host and control their gaming experience by choosing between an assortment of games.
“The Zone is a tangible manifestation of our company’s strategy to renew the casino experience. The creation of this innovative gaming experience is a direct consequence of Luc Morin’s leadership and category expertise,” said Germain Guitor, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, with Quebec's casinos. “Luc Morin and his team are focused on providing cutting edge gaming experiences that meet the needs of current and future customers. The Zone is one of the many ways that Luc and his team contribute continuously to attain our company’s vision.”
Commenting on what this award means to him and his company, Luc said, “I was happily surprised and extremely pleased that Canada’s gaming industry recognized all that was accomplished over the years, enabling us to now deliver innovative products and to renew our customers’ entertainment experience. This distinction reflects on the team effort that went into realizing our vision.”
Industry Leadership and Outstanding Contribution
From slot operations manager to senior vice president of gaming operations, Glen Sawhill has risen through the ranks to become one of Caesars Windsor's most cherished and respected figures, as well a recognized leader within the Canadian gaming industry. Glen's career with Caesars Windsor started in 1994 when he was recruited from Caesars World in Atlantic city to help launch Casino Windsor's (now Caesar's Windsor) slot department at Ontario's first commercial casino. As slot operations manager, Glen was also involved in the opening of the slot department of the Northern Belle Riverboat Casino.
Three years later, Glen's expertise earned him an appointment to the director of slot operations, wherein he played an integral role in opening the permanent Casino Windsor facility in 1998. His upward trajectory continued in 2007 with his move to vice president of gaming operations, and again in 2010 to his current position as senior vice president. In between, Glen was a key figure in Casino Windsor's massive 2008 renovation and Caesars Windsor rebranding.
"Glen is a day one employee of not only Caesars Windsor but also the Ontario gaming industry,” said Kevin Laforet, President and CEO of Caesars Windsor, adding, “He has made significant contributions to both and I am proud to work with him and pleased to see Glen recognized with this award."
Reflecting on his achievements, and his most recent award, Sawhill said, “It is an honour to be selected for this award. Canadian gaming has a great legacy, and I am very proud to be part of it.”
Volunteerism and Community Service
Since Casino de Montréal opened its doors in 1993, Jean-Pierre Curtat has been a staple of its staff and a seasoned pro within its four casino restaurants. As executive chef, Jean- Pierre has played an active role in shaping the casino's Food and Beverage Department, and taken a leadership role in crafting new tastes and food services offerings for the casino's current modernization plan.
Aside from lending his skills, mentorship, and time to the development of Casino de Montréal's kitchens, Jean- Pierre has demonstrated a strong commitment to his community. He has volunteered with numerous causes and associations, including the Chez-nous des artistes, Café de la rue, Table de l’espoir, Fondation Keroul, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and the Heart Institute.
Highlights of Jean-Pierre's volunteerism include his work with the Maison du Père, where for the past six years, he has worked with volunteers to create a hearty and festive meal for the shelter's homeless male population. Jean- Pierre also gave of his time and talents during Québec's 1998 Ice Storm, during which he helped prepare and deliver over 2,000 hot meals a day to areas most affected by the storm. That same year, he and his team responded to the destruction of the Accueil Bonneau shelter by feeding its sizable homeless population for nearly three weeks.
More recently, Jean-Pierre joined fellow volunteers for 2011's Société des Casinos du Québec’s Employee Volunteer Day, and cooked up a gourmet meal for 360 guests during 2012's gourmet gala in support of the Fondation de l’hôpital Pierre-Boucher.
“These examples of community involvement are part and parcel of Jean-Pierre Curtat's personal and professional journey,” says François Hanchay, General Manager of Casino de Montréal. “He is a man who does not hesitate to lend his talents to help those in need.”
Reflecting on his award, Jean-Pierre adds, “I am pleased to receive this distinction, which I accept in the name of all those who gave of themselves in our social commitment projects. This is truly a team prize, as I only serve to channel the group commitment found within our volunteer projects, and these projects would not exist if not for the unwavering support of our directors. I thank all who made and continue to make this possible.”