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Michael Graydon was the President and CEO of BCLC from 2008 - January 2014. On this blog he shared thoughts and insights on the gambling industry and the benefits BCLC brings to British Columbia.  

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Goodbye

Thank You and Farewell

February 3, 2014

It is with mixed emotions I announced last week that I have resigned as BCLC’s President and CEO. It’s been a tremendous honour to have had the opportunity to serve as CEO of BCLC for the last six years and to have had the privilege to work with the people in this business, the Board of BCLC and to serve the Province of British Columbia.

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Spreading the Responsible Gambling Message in 2014

January 13, 2014

As we have done the last three years we are starting the new year by re-enforcing our messaging around Responsible Gambling, a topic consistently at the forefront of our thinking and planning.

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My top 13 highlights of 2013

December 30, 2013

2013 has been a great year at BCLC. It’s flown by seemingly faster than the years before and I can hardly believe I’m writing yet another ‘year wrap-up’ blog post.

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It’s a Hard Rock Life for Coquitlam

December 23, 2013

The Hard Rock brand is the international definition of cool. It evokes visions of Rock n Roll legends, platinum records, shiny black guitars and world-class entertainment.

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Lottery Tickets are a Joy to Give, But Not to Kids

December 17, 2013

It is the season to spoil our children. But it’s also the season to remind parents that lottery tickets, including scratch and win tickets, do not make good gifts for those on your list under 19 years of age. 

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Tis the Season to Pay it Forward 

December 11, 2013

No doubt it’s a festive and wonderful time of the year, but it’s also a time of year to appreciate how lucky we are and share with those who aren’t as fortunate.

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Rider Nation sets the bar high for 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver

Rider Nation sets the bar high for 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver

December 5, 2013

I was lucky enough to experience the Rider Nation’s sea of green at the 101st Grey Cup Festival. From the moment I landed in minus 33 degree weather, the Rider team spirit was everywhere. 

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Building trust through character

November 26, 2013

Media coverage from Toronto city hall has been unavoidable the last couple of weeks. It’s been unpredictable, shocking and difficult to ignore. As I watch, read and ...

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Hot Topic – The Provincial Health Report

November 01, 2013

Responsible gambling is always a hot topic in our business. It is a strong component in every decision we make and something we integrate into every product...

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Maple Ridge welcomes Great Canadian and Chances

October 29, 2013

Last week I was pleased to attend the grand opening of the brand new Chances Maple Ridge. The facility, which took less than a year to build, but many years of planning, is very impressive featuring huge wood...

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The age of data

September 25, 2013

In a recent meeting with our Casino Group we watched this video from HP Autonomy. It contains some incredible and thought provoking facts about the amount of data...

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Learn@Work Week promotes lifelong learning

September 17, 2013

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford

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Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Yearling and Mixed Sale

August 30, 2013

It’s been an exciting summer at Hastings and in horse racing across British Columbia. With Hastings newcomer Aaron...

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Not your Grandmother’s Glass Ceiling

August 14, 2013

I frequently mention in my blog posts how much I rely on my executive team to make informed, innovative and solid decisions...

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Highlights from our 2012/2013 Annual Report

July 30, 2013

Every summer BCLC releases our annual report. This report is a way to inform our Minister, government and the...

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2014 Grey Cup Festival leadership team announced

June 26, 2013

I’m thrilled to share with you this morning’s announcement by the BC Lions.  

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BCLC presents at the upcoming Canadian Gaming Summit

June 11, 2013

Canada’s premier annual conference and exhibition for gaming professionals, the 2013 Canadian Gaming Summit...

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My Best Career Move

May 30, 2013

I was recently delighted to take part in Next5's 'Future of Leadership...

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Putting the Pedal to Health and Sustainability

May 29, 2013

Every employee in our Kamloops, Vancouver offices and across British Columbia makes decisions about how they’ll commute to work.

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Lotto Express – Modernizing the retail experience

March 25, 2013

After picking through the produce, you may have noticed an exciting new feature last time you paid for your groceries. In Overwaitea stores...

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Partnering with UBC on a Centre for Responsible Gambling Research

March 19, 2013

We recently announced the development of a Centre for Responsible Gambling Research at the University of British Columbia...

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The Globe’s Big Gamble

March 13, 2013

Gambling is an important industry in British Columbia. It is a top five entertainment preference for adults in our province and...

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Our people are the heart of our business

March 07, 2013

BCLC was recently named one of British Columbia’s top employers for the seventh consecutive year.

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Latest Service Plan Released

February 25, 2013

Since joining BCLC in 2008, I’ve been fortune to see measured growth in the corporation’s revenue, generating record net income of over $1 billion...

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It’s SuperBowl Sunday

January 31, 2013

This Sunday the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will battle it out on the field to take home the 47th NFL SuperBowl.

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Spotlight on Responsible Gambling

January 29, 2013

January is Responsible Gambling Awareness Month. My team has been all over the province this month meeting and talking with...

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BCLC–powered PlayNow.com launches in Manitoba

January 24, 2013

Canada's regulated online gambling network has reached a milestone with BCLC-powered PlayNow.com launching in Manitoba.

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Kicking 2013 off with Responsible Gambling Awareness

January 08, 2013

Happy New Year! 2013 is off to a running start here at BCLC. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, we’ve partnered with...

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Tis the Season for Reflection

December 20, 2012

As seems to be the case every year, December has snuck up on us again. As the days get shorter it’s impossible not to reflect on the year gone by.

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The evolution of casino gaming in BC

December 06, 2012

It’s hard to open a local paper these days and not see something about the South Surrey Entertainment Complex. From the media coverage and the conversations...

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An Entertainment Complex for South Surrey

November 23, 2012

Surrey is the second largest city in British Columbia and holds incredible opportunities for growth and development. BCLC believes a casino would... 

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Sharing lessons learned with MBAs at TRU

November 20, 2012

It’s always a pleasure to be invited to speak at schools and universities. The fresh perspectives and enthusiasm of students is welcoming.

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BCLC supports single–event wagering in Canada

November 15, 2012

Sports betting has been making the news recently since the House of Commons unanimously passed legislation to the Criminal ...

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Tweet said the CEO

November 2, 2012

I’ve been tweeting for about eight months now and it’s been an eye–opening experience. I was a bit of a late adopter and wasn’t ...

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Off to the Races

October 10, 2012

I’m a horse racing fan. I like to get out to Hastings Racecourse with my family several times a year to watch and hear those magnificent thoroughbred racehorses come thundering down ...

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Sharing Responsible Gambling Awareness Month with the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Convention: Responsible Gambling Goes Grassroots in your Community

September 27, 2012

BCLC spans the entire province and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Annual Convention is a great opportunity ...

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World Lotteries Summit 2012 – Un événement très bonne! (A Great Conference!)

September 17, 2012

I had the privilege of attending the World Lotteries Summit last week in Montréal. The event brings together business experts and...

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Building our business around the player

August 17, 2012

Adults in B.C. currently rank casinos as their fifth most popular entertainment option. If you’re curious, (and I certainly was) restaurants are number one followed by movies, bars and live theatre...

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Taking you behind–the–scenes

August 2, 2012

When people find out I work for BCLC, the two questions I get asked the most are — “Are you allowed to play the lottery?” and “What are the winning numbers?” ...

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