TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG)
announced today the appointment of Rod Phillips as President and Chief
Executive Officer, effective June 10, 2011.
"The Board is confident Rod is the right leader to continue our efforts
towards improving performance, efficiency and cutting costs," said Mr.
Paul V. Godfrey, Chair of the Board of Directors. "Rod has the
experience and skills needed to lead our newly-streamlined organization
and improve financial results of this important agency for Ontario."
Most recently prior to his appointment, Mr. Phillips was the President
and Chief Executive Officer of Shepell-FGI, one of North America's
leading providers of health and productivity solutions for employers
As OLG's new President and CEO, Mr. Phillips will lead an executive team
that is being transitioned from ten positions to seven. He will work
with the Board of Directors to continue finding greater cost savings
within the organization, enabling the investment of more money to
Ontario hospitals, schools, charities, amateur sports and culture. OLG
is supported by 18,000 employees in 34 locations across Ontario
including resorts, slots, corporate and gaming facilities. It is an
approximately $7 billion a year corporation which returns almost $2
billion annually to the Province of Ontario.
"I look forward to working closely with the OLG Board and management
team to build an organization that continues to be more accountable,
transparent and results-driven," said Mr. Phillips. "My first priority
will be to learn as much as I can by listening to our customers,
patrons, stakeholders and employees. I'm looking forward to getting to
work and ensuring OLG is offering the best in lottery and gaming
OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games
and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and
Resort Casinos have generated more than $32 billion for the benefit of
the Province of Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario's hospitals,
amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities,
provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and
local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the
Ontario Trillium Foundation.
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Rod Phillips will assume the office of President and Chief Executive
Officer of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in June 2011.
Rod Phillips was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of
Shepell·fgi, one of North America's leading providers of health and
productivity solutions for employees and organizations. Under his
leadership, Shepell·fgi offered integrated services improving the
health and productivity of eight million employees and their families
from over 7,000 organizations in Canada, and 54 other countries.
Prior to joining Shepell·fgi, Rod was a founder of the Goodmans Venture
Group, the ventures division of Goodmans LLP and Chief of Staff to
Mayor Mel Lastman during his first term as the leader of the newly
amalgamated City of Toronto from 1997 to 2000. Previously he was a
Principal with KPMG Consulting and also served as the senior advisor to
the Honourable Elizabeth Witmer, Ontario's Minister of Labour.
In 2000, Rod was selected as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 by the
Caldwell Partners and the Globe and Mail's Report on Business. In 2005,
he was selected as one of the "Best of the Best" on the 10th Anniversary of the Top 40 Under 40 program. In 2009, with his
investment partners he was awarded the Canadian Venture Capital
Association Deal of the Year in the Private Equity category. In 2010,
Rod was selected to be the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 32nd Combat Engineer Regiment headquartered in Toronto.
Rod is the Founding Chair of the Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health's Transforming Lives gala. He is a past member of the Boards of
the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, Global Business and
Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health, the Council of the
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Bridgepoint Health and
the Toronto Community Foundation. He is a past President of the
Canadian Club of Toronto.
Rod is a graduate of the MBA program at Wilfrid Laurier University in
Waterloo and holds an Honours BA in Political Science and Literature
from the University of Western Ontario in London.
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