Here Are the Recipients of the 2019 Canadian Gaming Industry Awards

Every year, the Canadian gaming industry recognizes one of its outstanding members, and the 2019 Canadian Gaming Summit in Edmonton is no exception.

In addition to this, the industry will honour four members of the First Nation’s gaming community for the contribution they made within their respective communities.

Recognizing the Best

For the last two decades, the Canadian Gaming Industry Awards recognize all the achievements with this booming industry.

The Canadian Gaming Industry Awards are sponsored by the Canadian Gaming Association.

The recipient of this year’s Industry Leadership and Outstanding Contribution Award is John Domineli, founder and Chief Executive Officer of NRT Technologies. Since 1993, his company has been one of the leaders in developing new technologies, such as the first ticket redemption kiosks and jackpot attendant kiosks, as well as numerous other innovations used by casinos and players every day.

Today, NRT Technologies is the world’s leading gaming kiosk provider, employing hundreds of people, serving more than 75 customers around the globe, including some of the largest casinos in the business.

The First Nation Gaming Awards will be held for the 10th year in a row, honouring the accomplishments and contributions of First Nation People working in the Canadian gaming industry. The First Nation Canadian Gaming Awards are sponsored by Casino Rama and Miller Thompson LLP.

First Nation Canadian Gaming Award Winners

Tracey Aginas is the recipient of the First Nation Canadian Gaming Community Service Award. She has been a valuable part of the Alexis gaming community since 2014 as a member of the board of the Northern Isga Foundation.

Commenting on this achievement, Kathleen Alexis, Chief Executive Officer at Northern Isga Foundation Charity said Tracey had risen above her illness because she was a very caring and appreciative young lady, that wanted to make a difference for the betterment in the community.

The First Nation Canadian Gaming Leadership Award was given to Lise Kwekkeboom. She has been a part of Casino Rama since 2004, showing exceptional collaboration skills and dedication to the success of the organization.

Glenn Trickey, Vice President of Gaming Operations at Casino Rama, described Lise’s leadership style as enthusiastic, customer oriented, open-minded, and effective. He pointed out Lise constantly went above and beyond her role as Director of Marketing Services by taking on numerous additional initiatives and never missed the opportunities to engage with customers and staff on the floor.

John Blair Morin fully deserved to the First Nation Canadian Gaming Lifetime Achievement Award, as he has been a part of the gaming industry for nearly three decades. He began his career as a Blackjack Dealer at The Palace Casino in Edmonton, and today is a member of the  Board of Directors of the River Cree Resort & Casino.

His efforts have been recognized by his community on a number of occasions, while the list of awards he won includes The Leadership award in 2005, the Economic Development Award in 2009 and the Community Involvement Award in 2016.

Robert Commanda, a leading technician at the Casino Rama team since 2001, has been named the First Nation Canadian Gaming Employee of the Year Award.

At this year’s Canadian Gaming Summit, the Canadian Gaming Association released its National Economic Benefits of the Canadian Gaming Industry report, emphasizing the influence the gaming industry had on the country’s economy.