Ontario’s gaming regulator adds new member to leadership team

New hire moves over from Attorney General's office

Ontario’s gaming regulator has added a new member to its leadership team.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has announced Joseph Hillier as its new Chief Strategy Officer and Corporate Secretary. Hillier has joined the AGCO after serving as the Chief of Staff of Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey’s office.

Hillier, who had worked for Downey since 2018, steps into his new role with experience in policy and regulation in cannabis, gaming, and horse racing. Hillier was also a strategic and legal advisor during Ontario’s path to becoming Canada’s first regulated iGaming market.

The Queen’s University and McGill University graduate has also held roles in the private sector. Between 2011 and 2015, Hillier served as Counsel for the Royal Bank of Canada before serving as a Business Development Manager for law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.

Hillier is the latest new hire by the AGCO following its appointment of Brent McCurdy as Chief Legal Officer last month. McCurdy, who has been a part of the AGCO’s leadership team for over a decade, previously served as its Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Registrar. He also held the role of Director of Policy and Director of Corporate Affairs.

McCurdy and Hillier are poised for success as AGCO employees as the regulator was named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2024. The AGCO was selected for its community involvement, benefits, workplace culture, and people-first approach.

“A people-first organization involves being innovative, proactive, inclusive, and socially responsible. It’s making sure people feel comfortable here so they can voice their opinions and thrive with excellence,” said AGCO CEO & Registrar Dr. Karin Schnarr.

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