BCLC Calls Conference To Future-Proof Gambling Industry Harms

Hundreds of industry-leading researchers, policy-makers and leaders from all over the world are scheduled to meet in Vancouver during the 10th-12th March, for the New Horizons of Responsible Gambling Conference of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC). The emphasis will be on understanding how the gambling industry can be future-proof against the risks of problem gambling.

Delegates and speakers will share their experiences and expertise in four main areas, the first of which explores how stakeholders should develop the gambling industry today, armed with current knowledge of the potential for gambling harm associated with this.

The second subject would concentrate on what protections would be put in place, accompanied by consideration of how the gaming products and environments would be designed.Finally, delegates will be asked to look at what they’d stop or continue to do to encourage safer gambling and identify gaps in knowledge to ensure that the industry grows in a socially responsible way.

All the conference sessions address one of three key issues: promoting safer play, developing a culture that prioritises consumer well-being and reducing the harms associated with gambling products.

Spearheading these discussions is an outstanding line-up of foreign speakers including Tim Miller, Executive Director of the UK Gambling Commission, and Misha Glouberman, Faculty Director of the Ivey Academy at Ivey Business School at Western University.

Another important first this year, the results of the conference will be synthesised into a summary report, with a research agenda to help break down key issues and identify the industry’s implementable solutions.

Jamie Wiebe, Player Health director at BCLC, said: “Through inspiring keynotes, expert speakers, case studies, and conversations, we’re working together to find solutions to the known gaps in responsible gambling and player health across our industry. It’s an exciting opportunity for the industry to level-set the future of gambling, based on what we know is working, and what’s not, in BC, across Canada and around the world.”