CONFERENCE 2016 PROGRAM

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Please find the IAGR Sydney 2016 Conference Schedule of activities below.

 

Monday, 31 October

0800-1800 

Registration – Information desk open

GLI Regulators Seminar (Optional) - Blackwattle Ballroom

GLI has organized sessions for an elective seminar.  Delegates may sign up to attend this additional half-day of content - at no additional cost - as part of their general conference registration.

0900-0915 

GLI Regulators Seminar:  Welcome and Opening Remarks

James Maida, President & CEO, GLI

0915-0945 

GLI Regulators Seminar:  Using Technology to Improve Responsible Gaming Programs

The growing popularity of iGaming has allowed for the development of technological tools that will not only help regulators and operators develop a variety of techniques to mitigate the risk of harmful social behaviors, such as underage and problem gaming, but also regulate gaming and offer more resources to gamers. Increasingly, there is a trend toward using technology to implement some of these methods, including self-exclusion and self-limitation, and ways to identify underage patrons. Regulators and operators alike are increasingly looking to technology solutions to tackle responsible gaming via a play management system. Learn about the concepts involved in these systems, how they work and how to implement them. This session will also discuss responsible gaming in terms of messaging and marketing.  Is your gaming operation doing business ethically?

Moderator:  Phillip Harrison, Senior Manager Regulation, Compliance & QA, GLI

Speakers

Professor Paul Delfabbro, Deputy Head of School, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide

Michael Sarquis, Executive Director, Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland, Australia

PresentationGLI - Using Technology to Improve Responsible Gaming Programs.pdf

0945-1030 

GLI Regulators Seminar:  The Gaming and Lottery Industry of the Future

Because suppliers never stop creating, advancing technology causes regulators and lotteries to either adapt existing regulations to remain competitive or consider the approval of completely new legislation to guarantee the integrity and fairness of the games to protect the players, government and all parties involved in the operation. GLI’s experts will provide an overview of the latest trends on new channel delivery and game concepts that must be considered in gaming regulators’ regulatory development plans as well as in the commercial strategy of government lotteries. This session will cover topics such as eSports, fantasy sports, mobile delivery content, skill-based games and social gaming.

Speakers:

James Maida, Esq., President & CEO, GLI

Ian Hughes, Vice President of Global Services, GLI

PresentationGLI - The Gaming and Lottery Industry of the Future.pdf

1030-1045 

Networking & Refreshment Break

1045-1115 

GLI Regulators Seminar:  New Developments in International Gaming Markets

We already know that the gaming industry is ever-evolving – moving outside of the casino walls and into a more interactive gaming space where regulations and rules are less defined. So, what innovations and challenges should we watch out for that will either direct or indirectly affect your gaming operation? Key industry leaders from a variety of gaming sectors will discuss the direction and opportunities that lie ahead for the gaming industry.

Speaker: Karen Sierra-Hughes, Director Latin America and Caribbean Government Relations, GLI

PresentationGLI - New Developments in International Gaming Markets.pdf

1115-1200 

GLI Regulators Seminar:  Embracing Millennials: How to Regulate the Next Generation Games

With the introduction of skill-based, persistent-style gaming and advanced wagering options, the gaming industry is shifting more toward competitive entertainment in order to cater to a younger audience. Businesses are beginning to embrace skill and interactive games as well as incorporate social elements in order to draw people into their casinos. Discuss with industry and GLI experts the many different ideas that suppliers and operators have come up with in order to target a new demographic. 

Moderator:  Ian Hughes, Vice President of Global Services, GLI

Speakers:

Tracey Elkerton, Global Head of Compliance, Aristocrat

Nathan Wadds, SVP Research and Development, Scientific Games

Presentation:  GLI - Embracing Millennials - How to Regulate the Next Generation Games.pdf

1200

Final Questions

Afternoon on your own until Evening Reception

1300-1700 

IAGR Board of Trustees Meeting (Rose Bay Room)

1800-2000 

Opening Reception: The Australian Museum  

Welcome by IAGR President Bheki Mlambo, CEO, Mpumalanga Gambling Board

IAGR Attendees will enjoy the Opening Reception in the First Australians and Wild Planet Galleries of The Australian Museum.


Tuesday 1 November                       

0830-0845

Opening of the IAGR Sydney 2016 Conference  

Welcome & Introduction:  IAGR President Bheki Mlambo, CEO, Mpumalanga Gambling Board

Speaker:  Andrew Cappie-Wood, Secretary, NSW Department of Justice

0845-0930 

Indisruptable

Every organization today is facing a perfect storm of technological disruption and market upheaval. Traditional industry models and structures are coming under increasing threat. The ability for an organization to act with agility and adaptability is more important than ever – smart organizations re-invent themselves before change forces them to.

The future success and survival of many organizations will rest on their ability to anticipate, prepare for and even pre-empt change. 

There are five impending disruptions that most leaders and organizations are ignoring at their peril.  This session will explore these disruptions and will leave delegates with an action plan for navigating the turbulent times ahead.

Special Presentation by Michael McQueen

0930-1015 

Keynote Address:  Gambling-Related Harms: How to Better Evaluate Responsible Gambling Policies

The primary objective of responsible gambling strategies is to minimize social and personal gambling-related harms. The majority of harms result from individuals spending more money and/or time gambling than personally affordable. Accordingly, responsible gambling strategies are designed to either impose external controls on, or promote self-regulation among, gamblers in a bid to limit their expenditure to affordable limits.   To date, governments and regulators have relied on population prevalence estimates of problem gambling in determining the effectiveness of strategies. The primary metric relied on remains scores on screening/diagnostic instruments such as the Problem Gambling Severity Index. Such scores, however, are invalid proxy measures of the harmful effects of gambling that fail to assess negative impacts across the full spectrum of recreational through to problem gamblers. It is argued that policy decision-makers should introduce and evaluate strategies designed to target specific harms rather than continue to be reliant on prevalence rates derived from scores on survey screens.

Speaker:  Dr. Alex Blaszczynski, Professor & Director, Gambling Treatment Clinic and Research, School of Psychology, University of Sydney

Presentation:  Gambling-Related Harms - How to Better Evaluate Responsible Gambling Policies.pdf

1015-1030 

Networking & Refreshment Break

1030-1130 

Social Gaming and the Convergence of Gambling and Gaming

Moderator: David Ford, Commissioner for Liquor & Gaming and Deputy Director General, Department of Justice and Attorney General (Queensland)

Panelists:

Dr. Sally Gainsbury, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Sydney

Michael McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer, Club8Casino.com.au

Presentations:

Social gaming and the convergence of gambling and gaming - Sally Gainsbury.pdf

Social gaming and the convergence of gambling and gaming - Michael McCarthy.pdf

 

1130-1230 

Virtual Reality Gaming – the Future? 

Exploring the world of virtual reality through the eyes of betting and gambling. Discovering how Virtual Reality might be applied to the world we know, and the world we don’t, and seeking to identify the challenges, the opportunities, and the risks or a new technology which aims to revolutionise the way in which we look at things.

Speaker: Christina Thakor-Rankin, Principal, 1710 Gaming Ltd.

PresentationVirtual Reality Gaming - The Future.pdf

1230-1330 

Luncheon  (Barkers Restaurant)

1330-1430 

Role of Technology in Responsible Gambling   

The introduction of iGaming has allowed for the development of technological tools that will not only help regulators and operators develop a variety of techniques to mitigate the risk of harmful social behaviors, such as underage and problem gaming, but also regulate gaming and offer more information and resources to gamers. Increasingly, technology is being used to implement some of these methods, including self-exclusion and self-limitation, and ways to identify underage patrons. In jurisdictions where iGaming is not yet regulated, regulators are also beginning to embrace technology in order to tackle responsible gaming via a play management and  information systems. This session will focus on how these systems works and how effective it has been thus far.

Moderator: André Wilsenach, Executive Director, UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation

Speakers:

Gayle Cameron, Commissioner, Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Cate Carr, Executive Director, Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing, Department of Justice & Regulation (Victoria)

Birgitte Sand, Director, Danish Gambling Authority

PresentationRole of Technology in Responsible Gambling - Cate Carr.pdf

1430-1530 

Millennials & the Regulators Challenge 

With the introduction of skill-based gaming and advanced wagering options, the gaming industry is shifting towards competitive entertainment in order to cater to a younger audience. The gaming industry – both operators and suppliers – are increasingly embracing skill and interactive games as well as incorporating social elements in order to draw people to their offering. The question this poses is, are the risks associated with these ‘new generation games’ any different from the more conventional games and wagering options, and if so what challenges do they pose to regulators around the world. This session will consider the policy and regulatory positions adopted in jurisdiction where daily fantasy sports, skill based games and eSports are being regulated with a view to developing best practices in mitigating new risks which are potentially posed by these games and wagering options to consumers.

Moderator: André Wilsenach, Executive Director, UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation

Speakers

Edward Lalumbe, Chief Operating Officer, Gauteng Gambling Board, South Africa

Dr. Edwina Licari, Chief Officer - Legal EU & International Affairs, Malta Gaming Authority

Paul Newson, Deputy Secretary: Liquor, Gaming & Emergency Mgmt, Liquor & Gaming NSW

Honorable Philip Pro (Ret.), Commissioner, Nevada Gaming Commission

1530-1545 

Group Photo 

1545-1600 

Networking & Refreshment Break

1600-1730 

IAGR Annual Business Meeting (IAGR Members Only

Evening on your own


Wednesday 2 November 

0845-0900 

Day Two Opening Remarks & Announcements

0900-0945 

Keynote Address:  IAGR Beginnings 

Speaker:  Bill Curran, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP & First Chairman of IAGR

0945-1045 

Casino Gaming in the Asia & Pacific Region 

In the last 15 years the Asia Pacific region has seen enormous growth in casino gambling and the development of iconic integrated resorts that incorporate a casino but provide a much wider leisure and entertainment offering to its patrons.  This has been driven by a burgeoning middle class in Asia and a desire by governments in the region to generate economic growth through tourism.  The session will provide an overview of the significant property developments occurring in the region and provide an analysis of the economic and competition challenges facing the industry.  The panel will also consider the learnings from a regulatory perspective on dealing with the development of new integrated resorts.

Moderator:

Michael Sarquis, Executive Director, Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation

Panelists:

David Edwards, Projects Chief Executive, Special Projects Unit, Queensland Department of State Development

David Green, Principal, Newpage Consulting

Jerry See, Chief Executive, Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore

Presentations

Casino Integrated Resorts in Asia - David Green.pdf

Integrated Resort in Asia - Jerry See.pdf

 

1045-1100 

Networking & Refreshment Break

1100-1130 

Samoa 

Speaker: Tuala Tamaalelagi Siaki Tuala II, Chief Executive Officer, Gambling Control Authority of Samoa

PresentationJurisdiction update Samoa.pdf

1130-1230 

Changing Regulatory Approach to Achieve Outcomes

The Department of Internal Affairs have adopted a new operating model to achieve its new vision and objectives.  The presenters will describe the new strategic direction and how they have progressed from strategy to action.

Speakers:

Gareth Bostock, Director Gambling Compliance, New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs

Raj Krishnan, General Manager Regulatory Services, New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs

PresentationChanging Regulatory Approach to Achieve Outcomes.pdf

1230-1330 

Luncheon  (Barkers Restaurant) 

1330-1430 

Sports Betting & Match-Fixing  

The manipulation of sports events or match fixing as it is often known, whereby criminals profit by exploiting weak regulatory controls in sport and betting, or act in conjunction the illegal betting operators, threatens not just the trust and future of sports, but sports betting as an acceptable recreational activity and the effectiveness of regulators to protect consumers. Australia has taken a robust approach to addressing the threats of match fixing through the work of the Australian National Integrity of Sport Unit, which has been working in collaboration with a wide range of domestic and international stakeholders including national sporting organisations, state and territory governments, Australian law enforcement agencies, betting operators and regulators to protect the integrity of Australian sport.

Damian Voltz will give an overview of this approach, its challenges and the importance of sports betting regulators being able to understand their betting markets, the threats and vulnerabilities of Australian sports and the current and emerging threats to Australian sports.

Moderator: Nick Tofiluk, Executive Director, Regulatory Operations, Gambling Commission (United Kingdom)

Speaker:  Damian Voltz, Senior Analyst, National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU)

1430-1515 

Sports Betting in a Digital Age

Is technology creating a more informed and empowered consumer?  Betting operators are exploiting technology to attract and retain customers by informing and educating online customers on their choices of bet. Whilst this would not remove the necessity for operators to monitor their customers behaviours, could this be considered as having a potentially positive impact upon the fairness of sports betting and enabling consumers to make more informed choices?

Moderator: Nick Tofiluk, Executive Director, Regulatory Operations, Gambling Commission (United Kingdom)

Speaker: Nathan Rothschild, Co-Founder and Partner, iSport Genius

1515-1530 

Networking & Refreshment Break

1530-1630 

Interjurisdictional Collaboration  

Gaming is an international industry regardless of whether gaming is primarily a government-owned or privately-owned activity. While the development of online and mobile gaming highlights the international scope and reach of gaming companies, this reality is also prevalent in land-based gaming and in lotteries. Gaming regulators have begun to understand that this international scope also means that regulators must also have a greater level of co-operation and collaboration across borders. What are the dynamics of this collaboration? Who should be included in it? What are inevitable concerns with collaboration? Will it work? And what are the conditions for success? This panel of experienced regulators will examine the benefits – and pitfalls – of international collaboration amongst regulators.

Moderator:

Don Bourgeois, Principal, Gaming & Regulation Group Inc.

Speakers:

Peter Cohen, Director – Regulatory Affairs, The Agenda Group

Rick Josephson, CEO & Executive Director, Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba

André Wilsenach, Executive Director, UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation

1630-1715 

Keeping Technical Standards Relevant in a Changing World  

While incorporating technical standards into legislation has never been particularly nimble, even their lower level homes might become extinct due to rapidly changing technology. The advent of internet gambling has enabled peer-to-peer, in-play and personalised account based play. Add to that the consumers’ penchant for social and skill in their play and even the long held standard ‘all games must be independent of previous games’ is under threat. This session explores some recent designs and how best to craft standards to keep out undesirable designs while allowing innovation, the holy grail of most governments, to flourish.  It also looks at the experience of defining common multi-jurisdictional technical standards for gaming machines in Australia and New Zealand.

Moderator:

David Green, Principal, Newpage Consulting

Speakers:

Mark D’Andrea, Remote Gaming Advisor, Gambling Commission (United Kingdom)

Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies Association

Linda Woo, Executive Director (Policy & Projects), Office of Regulatory Policy, Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General

Presentations:

Keeping Technical Standards Relevant in a Changing World - Mark D Andrea.pdf

Keeping Technical Standards Relevant in a Changing World - Ross Ferrar.pdf

1830-2200 

IAGR Gala Dinner:  Water @ Pier One

IAGR Attendees will enjoy the conference Gala Dinner at the Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel with views of the Sydney Harbour, Luna Park and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.


Thursday 3 November 

Thursday sessions will consist of content as part of the IMGL MasterClass series

 

0845-0900 

Day Three Opening Remarks & Announcements

0900-1030 

Legal Challenges Posed by New Technologies in Implementing Effective National Gambling Regulations

Society is embracing new opportunities afforded by developments in technology.  At the same time, we have seen the rise of neo‑Conservatism, particularly in the political sphere, which appears resistant to the recognition of certain features of the changing world.  It is in this environment that the gambling sector and regulators interact.  Some of the issues, the changes and the potential conflicts will be covered in this session.

Panelists:

Phill Brear, Gambling Commissioner, Gibraltar

Tony Rein, Partner, Gaming & Leisure Industry Group, Thomson Geer, Lawyers, Australia

Andre Wilsenach, Executive Director, UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation

Wai Ming Yap, Partner, Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC

1030-1100 

Networking & Refreshment Break

1100-1230 

In-House Counsel – Challenges in Achieving Compliance in the Australian Legal Environment by Global Gambling Sector Participants

There has been considerable focus in the gambling sector in recent times on issues such as globalisation, diversification and the development of omni‑channel gambling.  These trends give rise to different challenges on a market by market basis, partly due to the different legal treatments that arise.  Nowhere are these challenges more relevant than for leading gambling companies.  Today’s session will feature the Australian general counsel from three of the leading global players, each of which will comment on these issues from an Australian perspective.

Moderator:

Jamie Nettleton, Partner, Addisons Lawyers

Speakers:

Harry Ashton, Director – Government Relations, Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited

Patrick Brown, General Counsel & Corporate Affairs Manager, Ladbrokes Australia

Andrew Hensher, Director, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, William Hill Australia

1230-1330 

Luncheon  (Barkers Restaurant) 

1500-1700 

Social Networking Function:  Harbour Cruise and Afternoon Tea

Delegates depart from the Aquarium Wharf to enjoy a 2-hour cruise among the famous harbours and bays of Sydney. A high tea buffet will be provided for the duration of the cruise.


Please check back often as sessions and speakers are confirmed over the next few weeks.

  • All conference sessions are held in the Blackwattle Conference Room
  • Registration and refreshment breaks are located in the foyer of the conference space
  • The Registration Desk will be staffed during all conference sessions. 

 

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