New Chair Nominated For Alcohol And Gaming Commission Of Ontario

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New Chair Nominated For Alcohol And Gaming Commission Of Ontario

Ministry of Consumer Services

Agency Continues To Promote Moderate And Responsible Alcohol Consumption TORONTO, Oct. 6 - Minister of Government Services Gerry Phillips today announced the nomination of David C. Gavsie as Chair, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), effective November 1, 2005. Mr. Gavsie will be retiring as a senior partner of the Ogilvy Renault law firm on October 31, 2005. He moved from Ottawa to Toronto with Ogilvy Renault in 1998 and has held a wide array of positions in the legal and business communities in both cities. A member of the bar in Ontario and Quebec, Mr. Gavsie is a graduate of Concordia University (BA) and McGill University (B.C.L), both in Montreal. He has carried on a business law practice in mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions and advising boards and commissions on current governance issues in Canada. Mr. Gavsie is currently Chair of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance and the immediate Past Chair of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. He was also Chair of the Ottawa Civic Hospital Foundation, the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Airport Authority. In addition, Mr. Gavsie is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Quebec, Canadian and American Bar Associations, the Canadian Tax Foundation and the International Fiscal Association. In 2004, he received certification as a corporate director from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the ICD Corporate Governance College at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. "I am delighted that David Gavsie has accepted this important appointment," said Phillips. "The operation and enforcement of Ontario's liquor and gaming regulatory regimes are vital to the economic and social prospects of the province. Mr. Gavsie brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and integrity to the position." Kirsti K. Hunt from Sudbury, Ontario, has been Interim Chair since March 5, 2005, and has been appointed full-time Vice Chair of the AGCO. "I greatly appreciate Kirsti Hunt's tremendous contribution to the smooth operation of the AGCO during her time as Interim Chair," said Phillips. The AGCO regulates the sale, service and consumption of alcohol to promote moderation and responsible use. It also ensures that casino and charitable gaming is conducted in the public interest by parties operating with honesty, integrity and financial responsibility, and that games of chance are conducted fairly. The AGCO is an agency of the Ontario government reporting to the Minister of Government Services. Disponible en fran├žais www.agco.on.caFor further information: Ciaran Ganley, Minister's Office, (416) 212-3547; Ab Campion, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, (416) 326-5962