The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has found its new CEO & Registrar in Dr. Karin Schnarr, who will take over the role from current incumbent Tom Mungham next month.
The Crown agency formally announced the appointment of Dr. Schnarr yesterday, putting an end to months of speculation following communication of Mungham’s decision to retire in March.
Mungham has been continuing in the role since announcing his retirement, pencilling in fall as his retirement date, and that expectation is set to become a reality as Dr. Schnarr is due to take charge on Sept. 18, 2023.
A former member of the iGaming Ontario Board of Directors, Dr. Schnarr is currently an Associate Professor, Strategic Management, at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.
She has also been Director of MBA and BBA Programs at the University as well as being a member of its Board of Governors and Senate.
Furthermore, Schnarr has held numerous senior roles in the Government of Ontario, including as Chief of Staff to ministers in multiple portfolios, during which time she guided the development of public policy, legislation, and regulations related to key government priorities.
Recently, she served as Chair of the Ontario Government’s Task Force on Women and the Economy.
Mungham, meanwhile, joined the AGCO in 2006 as Director of Licensing and Registration before later becoming CEO & Registrar.
In a statement announcing Dr. Schnarr, the AGCO said: “The AGCO and its Board of Directors are excited to welcome Dr. Schnarr to the organization and extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to AGCO’s outgoing CEO and Registrar, Tom Mungham, who announced his intention to retire from the agency in March 2023.”