RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - With great sadness the Board of
Directors of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (the "Company")
announces the sudden passing of Ross J. McLeod, the Company's Founder,
Chairman and CEO.
In 1982, Ross founded Great Canadian.
Ross dedicated his life to philanthropy and the betterment of our
community from the inception of the British Columbia gaming industry to
the present day.
Ross' achievements while at the Company included in 1999 receiving the
"Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Gaming Industry" award presented
to him at the Canadian Gaming Summit in Windsor, Ontario.
In 2007 Ross was honoured with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the
Year Award (Hospitality and Tourism - Pacific Region) for his
achievements in the British Columbia hospitality industry.
In 2010, Ross was honoured by the C.H.I.L.D. Foundation when he was
awarded and recognized with the prestigious "Doorman of the Year" award
for his unsurpassed service to countless BC Charitable Organizations.
Ross will be fondly remembered as leader of over 4,000 employees across
Canada, and Washington State, confidant to his executive team and a
true visionary for the Canadian gaming and entertainment industry.
The Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Rod N. Baker, the Company's
President, as Interim Chief Executive Officer to assume Mr. McLeod's
ABOUT GREAT CANADIAN GAMING CORPORATION
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is a multi-jurisdictional gaming and
entertainment operator with operations in British Columbia, Ontario and
Nova Scotia and Washington State. The Company operates ten casinos,
four horse racing facilities (three offer slot machines and one offers
both slot machines and table games), two community gaming centres, a
bingo hall, a hotel and conference centre, two show theatres, and
various associated hospitality outlets. Further information is
available on the Company's website, www.gcgaming.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF GREAT CANADIAN GAMING CORPORATION
"Original Signed by Earnest Beaudin"
SOURCE Great Canadian Gaming Corporation
For further information:
GREAT CANADIAN GAMING CORPORATION [TSX: GC]
Suite #350 - 13775 Commerce Parkway
Richmond, BC, V6V 2V4
For media enquiries:
Mr. Howard Blank
Vice-President, Communications, Entertainment & Responsible Gaming
For investor enquiries:
Ms. Tanya Ruskowski
Executive Assistant to the Acting CEO and President and the Interim Chief Financial Officer