Hundreds of industry experts, researchers and policy-makers are gathering in Vancouver, B.C. for BCLC’s eighth-annual New Horizons in Responsible Gambling Conference, which kicks-off on March 11 with a keynote address from the UK Gambling Commission’s Executive Director, Tim Miller. Miller’s remarks will focus on what actions industry representatives can take now to prevent future harms to players. The event offers 17 sessions over two days, covering topics such as: the financial industry’s role in safer gambling, account-based play and its pathway to responsible growth, and social economic considerations in identifying high-risk play.

Delegates and speakers will be discussing their insights and knowledge around these questions:

  • Imagine we had the opportunity to build the gambling industry today, knowing what we do about the potential for harm – how would we do it?
  • What safeguards would we put in place?
  • How would we design our products and environments?
  • What would we stop doing, continue doing and what would we want to learn more about in order to start doing? How would we ensure our industry grows in a socially responsible manner?

All of the conference sessions address one of three key topics: promoting safer play, developing a culture that prioritizes the wellbeing of our consumers and reducing harms associated with gambling products.

Another important first this year, the conference findings will be synthesized into a summary paper, with a research agenda, to help breakdown the key issues and define implementable solutions for the industry.

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 B.C., across Canada and around the world.