BetMGM and Aristocrat execs join CGA board

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The Canadian Gaming Association has announced that Scott Woodgate and Kurt Gissane have joined its board of directors helping to shape the industry north of the border for the year ahead. 

Woodgate is Vice President (Canada) at BetMGM and Gissane is the SVP for Sales (North America) at Aristocrat Gaming. Together they will add decades of industry experience to the CGA. 

“I want to thank Scott Woodgate and Kurt Gissane for accepting these positions, which will play an important role in supporting the growth and sustainability of Canada’s gaming industry, and I have confidence that their diverse experiences will be valuable to the Association as it delivers on its mandate,” said Ilkim Hincer, Chair of the Board at the CGA. 

Woodgate has spent large swathes of his career in the content industry in both the UK and the US. He spent time at streaming giant DAZN, where he was a content and production executive. 

Born in Vancouver, he’s held leadership and production roles at Rogers Sportsnet and CTV News, working across editorial, production and strategy.

Meanwhile, at Aristocrat, Gissane is charged with overseeing the firm’s tribal gaming unit, where he works across Class 3, Class 2, CD, ATLS, VLT/VGT, GACOAM and new markets.

Prior to this, Gissane has spent over 20 years working across the globe in gaming circles in Asia, North America and Australia where he has been in several leadership roles. 

As well as the two new board members, Richard Taylor was reappointed to a second three-year term on the CGA board. 

“We are excited to welcome Scott and Kurt to the Board. Their knowledge and expertise will add immense value as the CGA continues to drive our strategic mandate to advance the evolution of a regulated and responsible industry through collaboration, education, and advocacy,” said Paul Burns, President and CEO of the CGA. 

“With Scott and Kurt, we are adding the right voices, experiences, and geographical representation to the table.”