Amaya Designates Former OLG Chief and Former Police Commissioner

amayacasinogamesAmaya Gaming announced last week the designation as new members of the company’s executive team, two of Canada’s who’s who in gambling regulation and law enforcement. George Sweny a Board Director of Canada’s Responsible Gambling Council has been appointed as Amaya’s new VP of Strategic Ventures, while the former Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Chris D. Lewis, has been designated as advisor to Amaya’s Board of Directors.

Their appointment is consistent with the views shared by Amaya Gaming CEO David Baazov in an interview granted earlier to Canada’s Business News Network. He considers a regulated environment as the best market in which to bring their gaming operations, adding that currently, they hold 60 licenses in the U.S. alone, in addition to the more than a hundred licenses held worldwide. He declared that the numbers would continue to grow from a regulatory point of view, because they intend to obtain more licenses. The Canadian company is in fact lobbying for a more beneficial regulated environment, since they want to see an increased number of jurisdictions embracing its principles, in order to propagate responsible gaming.

Aside from being one of the Board of Directors of the Responsible Gaming Council, George Sweny was the Head of Interactive Business and Charitable Gaming Affairs at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, prior to his new post as VP of Strategic Ventures at Amaya. Mr. Sweny began his illustrious career in 1975 as Senior Vice President for the Lottery and Bingo Business of the Ontario Lottery Corporation (OLC) and subsequently held office as EVP of Len Stuart & Associates (LSA) in January 2000. By 2003, he became EVP for the Bingo Gaming Business Unit of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC). In 2005 to 2006, he was President of the Interprovincial Lotteries Corporation (ILC), the organization that regulates national lottery games offered across Canada. Shortly, thereafter he became the Chief Strategy Officer for Ontario’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission.

Amaya’s newest board advisor, Chris D. Lewis was the former Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), with prior roles as supervisor and senior officer in his 36-year career with the OPP since he joined in 2010. Throughout his years of service as police and leader, he gained considerable expertise and experience in policing, investigating, and executing tactical operations, whilst overseeing traffic, marine and emergency response operations, including specialized and multi-jurisdictional investigations throughout Ontario. He retired from the OPP in March 31, 2014, and presently gives lectures on leadership and policing issues. He hopes to publish in early 2015, the book he wrote about leadership, entitled “Never Stop on a Hill.”

Amaya CEO David Baazov is apparently pleased with the new members of the executive team, saying that the company is “extremely honoured to benefit from the experience and expertise of Mr. Lewis and Mr. Sweny.” CEO Baazov once again mentioned that Amaya Gaming is a company that operates in a heavily regulated industry, to which Mr. Lewis’ experience would make certain that they will move forward in the gaming sector by leading the way in security procedures and processes. Doing so will help them maintain integrity, which is of critical significance not only to governments, and to their iGaming partners, but most importantly, to their customers. On the other hand, Mr. Sweny’s wide ranging experience in both the public and private gaming sector will ensure that the highest standards of responsible gambling will be maintained.


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