Largest ever gathering of Canadian gaming industry representatives to be held in Toronto April 25-27

    National Economic Impact Study results unveiled/Comedian Martin Short to
    headline opening gala

    TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - More than 1250 members of Canada's gaming
industry are expected to converge on Toronto April 25-27 to attend the
Canadian Gaming Summit, a three-day event consisting of over 40 workshops and
seminars, 80+ exhibitors of gaming products and services, and a charity gala
headlined by Canadian entertainer Martin Short. Attendees will represent all
aspects of Canada's gaming industry, including casinos, horseracing, bingo,
lottery, charitable, gaming equipment suppliers, legal and financial
professionals, First Nations representatives, security experts, and many
    The centerpiece of the Summit will be the release April 26, 2007 of the
first-ever National Economic Impact Study analyzing the economic importance of
the country's gaming industry in terms of direct spending, job creation and
related revenues.
    "The regulated gaming industry in Canada has grown significantly over the
past decade, doubling in size to become a leading economic sector," said Bill
Rutsey, President of the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA), which is hosting
the Summit. "We know that the gaming industry contributes billions annually to
government programs and directly employs tens of thousands of Canadians. But
we want to know more about the impact within various communities."
    The national impact study will focus on employment, revenues generated
for government, and other related impacts. It will include detail on the
impact of specific gaming sectors (e.g., casino, lottery, etc.) regionally and
nationally. The study is complied by HLT Advisory Inc., a leading provider of
consulting and support services to the Canadian and international hospitality,
leisure and tourism industries.
    Other topics to be covered at the 11th annual Summit include corporate
social responsibility, gaming security and integrity, regulation and
oversight, entertainment and hospitality trends, E-lotteries, charitable
gaming, growth in First Nations gaming, and many other areas. New this year,
Summit organizers have created a legal and financial component within the
conference featuring the contribution of lawyers, in-house counsel, government
agencies and regulators, compliance officers, senior executives, M&A
specialists and gaming industry analysts.
    Also new this year is a one-day focus on charitable gaming in Canada
called New Horizons, conducted in partnership with the Ontario Charitable
Gaming Association. Taking place April 25, the New Horizons conference will
explore trends and directions in the country's charitable gaming sector.
    The Canadian Gaming Summit keynote address will be delivered by Frank
Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA).
Mr. Fahrenkopf will speak to the challenges and opportunities facing the
industry in North America and worldwide.
    New for 2007 is a charity gala to present the Canadian Gaming Industry
Awards. The beneficiary for 2007 is Variety - The Children's Charity,
recognized around the world as a leader in helping young children overcome
disabilities and other barriers through integrated sports and life skills
programs. Comedian Martin Short (SCTV, Saturday Night Live) will headline the
gala, April 26.
    "Last year's conference in Vancouver surpassed our expectations with a
50 per cent increase in attendance over previous years," said Mr. Rutsey. "We
are looking forward to another record turnout in Toronto, in keeping with the
growing awareness of the importance of the gaming sector both economically and

    The Canadian Gaming Summit is Canada's preeminent annual gaming industry
event, co-owned by and produced in partnership with MediaEdge Communications
Inc. MediaEdge is a privately held Canadian company with offices in Toronto,
Winnipeg, Vancouver and Gainesville, providing a full range of publication,
trade show and conference services across multiple markets.

    The Canadian Gaming Association represents the gaming industry's leading
operators, manufacturers, suppliers and other stakeholders nation-wide.

    Complete information on the 2007 Canadian Gaming Summit can be found at

For further information:

For further information: Paul Burns, Vice President, Public Affairs,
Canadian Gaming Association, 44 Victoria Street, Suite 300, Toronto, ON, M5C
1Y2, Direct: (416) 304-6870, Cell: (416) 579-3922,

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