Rush Street appoints ex-AGCO exec as Managing Director in Canada

Rush Street Interactive has appointed former Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario executive Bruce Caughill as Managing Director, Canada.

Caughill joins Rush Street prior to the planned launch of the company’s leading BetRivers online casino and sportsbook brand in Ontario when the province’s regulated online gaming and betting market opens on April 4, 2022.

BetRivers has received its license to operate from the AGCO in recent weeks.

Caughill was previously the Chief Legal Officer at the AGCO, where he oversaw all legal matters and played a key role in developing the legislative and policy infrastructure for Canada’s first legal regulated iGaming industry, says a Rush Street release.

In total, he has over two decades of experience in Canada’s commercial gaming industry, having previously served as CEO/President of Caughill Management Consulting and Vice President/General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer at Falls Management Company, operator of Niagara Casinos. In 2008, he received the Canadian Gaming Association’s national award for industry leadership and outstanding contribution.

As the Managing Director of the Canadian Rush Street team, the Ontario native will provide leadership and support in the commercial and administrative activities associated with the company’s pursuit of business opportunities in the country.

“We welcome Bruce who, with his unparalleled legal, operational and regulatory expertise in Canada’s gaming industry, will provide strong insight, guidance and counsel in this exciting new online market,” said Richard Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of Rush Street Interactive. “Bruce’s proven leadership capability, extensive experience and strategic thinking make him a great addition to RSI.”

“I am excited to bring my years of experience in Canadian gaming to support RSI’s pursuit of opportunities in Canada,” said Caughill. “I am particularly excited at the prospect of supporting the many local Canadian employees as the company establishes its Innovation Hub here.”

Meanwhile, Rush Street Interactive announced on March 31 that it has become “the first US-based online casino and sports betting company” to receive the Responsible Gambling Council’s RG Check accreditation for its BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse sites. BetRivers has been licensed to operate in Ontario. The company added that it has achieved accreditation more than two years ahead of iGO‘s mandated schedule for Ontario iGaming operators.

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