Ontario Premier Doug Ford has named Jim Warren as the new chair of the board of directors of Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG).
Warren comes with 25 years of leadership experience in the casino gaming and lottery business, which includes serving as an OLG vice-president in 2006-07. He is currently President and CEO of Riseley Strategies Inc., a consulting firm he founded in 2008 that specializes in strategic communications, stakeholder management, and business development.
From 2008 to 2015, he was also a board member and co-owner of Sonco Gaming New Brunswick, which developed, built, financed, and operated a casino and entertainment complex located in Moncton, N.B. He is also known for working as an on-air political analyst for Newstalk 1010, CTV News Toronto, and CP24, and was a national columnist for Postmedia from 2015 to 2020.
The previous chair of OLG, Peter Deeb, resigned for personal reasons in 2021.
Senior Conservative officials told the Toronto Star that Ford had sought a cross-partisan appointee to keep a watchful eye on the gaming giant.