At the Intersection of Gaming, Integrity, Technology, and the Law is MT❯Play
President & CEO
With two decades of experience at preeminent law firms and gaming & entertainment companies, Ilkim has intricate knowledge of gaming in local and global economies. He brings a nuanced and practical understanding of gaming globally, legislative & regulatory frameworks, the roles of operators & regulators, the impact of technology & innovation, and the intricacies of balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders consistent with public policy and social responsibility. His experience spans both the private and public sectors, and includes legal, regulatory, compliance, risk management, operations, commercial and international transactions.
Derek is regarded for his experience in the compliance, anti-money laundering and intelligence fields – in both the public and private sectors. Having worked in the gaming industry for over 10 years, Derek’s expertise is unparalleled. Prior to joining MT❯Play, he held senior roles at the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. He also served as a Commissioner on the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission.
Matthew S. Kelleher
Matthew possesses holistic insight into commercial, social and political dynamics of the gaming industry. He offers significant expertise on the gaming regulatory framework, including under federal criminal law, provincial gaming and related legislation, and municipal requirements, as well as deep expertise in pursing and obtaining statutory and regulatory approvals for gaming projects. Matthew was also an integral part of the six-year project that transformed and modernized all aspects of the Ontario government’s casino gaming business.
Fintech, Payments Technology & AML
Ana is co-lead of McCarthy Tétrault’s Fintech group. She has in-depth knowledge of anti-money laundering legislation and regulation, and provides practical and responsive advice on AML matters applicable to the gaming industry. She also has deep knowledge of the financial services sector and financial services regulation, including in respect of payments and new technologies. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP).
eSports & AI
Kosta consults with industry stakeholders from across the eSports world and has unique knowledge of the legal and business issue facing the growing industry. He also has expertise in autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, and deep learning. In addition to advising clients on risk management strategies and the disruptive impact of these technologies, he has particular experience and perspective on the evolving Canadian and international regulatory frameworks for autonomous vehicles and other artificial intelligence applications.
Matthew D. Peters
Matthew provides strategic advice to clients on large projects, including the development of strategy, success criteria, deal structure and the financial model. Matthew also acts as lead negotiator on projects. He also spearheads a range of initiatives focused on innovation, technology, client service and service delivery. The gaming industry is rapidly changing, and MT❯Play clients benefit from Matthew’s forward thinking approach to and unwavering focus on meeting their unique needs.
As lead of operations for MT❯Division including MT❯Play, Vanessa leverages her strong consulting background in organizational transformation engagement to drive impact and realize strategic objectives. She has worked with clients in both the private and public sector successfully drive transformational change in the areas of corporate development, strategic marketing, client experience and inclusion. Vanessa oversees technology, marketing and communications, finance and human resources.
Wayne G. Wouters
Strategic Policy Advisor
The Honourable Wayne Wouters, PC is Strategic and Policy Advisor to the firm.
Mr. Wouters brings his extensive experience and keen insight to the firm and its clients developed during his distinguished 37-year career in public service, including five years serving as the Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada. As Clerk, he held the roles of Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service, providing direct advice and support to the Prime Minister on all issues affecting and implicating the federal Government. Read More
Strategic Policy Advisor
Paul Zed is Counsel and Strategic Advisor to the firm.
With a distinguished career in business and politics, Paul brings forth a proven track record of tactical and visionary insight towards his client’s most complex problems. His insight and unparalleled experience will be valuable to clients who look to the firm for advice on legal and business development initiatives. Read More
With a deep understanding of the regulatory approach towards gambling in Canada and other jurisdictions, Don provides clients with policy and regulatory advice to ensure efficient and cost-effective compliance. Previously, Don was General Counsel at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, and the architect of its risk-based and standards-based regulatory approach. He authored The Law of Charitable and Casino Gaming (2nd edition, 2018), is Co-Director, Osgoode PD Certificate in Gaming Law, and Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School.
Advertising and Marketing
Jim’s expertise is marketing strategy and planning, having created launch strategies for many brands including Coca Cola, Nabisco Foods, Warner Lambert and American Express. Jim has also spent more than 25 years in casino and lottery marketing in both Canada and the U.S. His agency, Marshall Fenn Communications has been the agency of record for 28 casinos in nine different gaming jurisdictions.
Procurement, Governance &Regulatory
Recently retired, Constance was General Counsel to the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. Her range of experience includes corporate governance, regulatory compliance, dispute resolution, risk management, anti-money laundering, privacy, online gambling and sports betting. With extensive board experience, including as Chair of the Inter-Provincial Lottery Corporation, Constance is particularly known for her expertise in the most current Public Procurement legal trends and strategies.
Baldy is a casino executive with a unique and proven track record in land based, online real money and social gaming. A seasoned Project Management and Business Development, he has more than 25 years’ experience spanning the globe working with international companies to harness relationship between sales and production management. He has spent the last 15 years with international exposure in iGaming, online and land based casinos, software development, media and entertainment, animation, visual effects and gaming.
Sports and Lottery
Harley understands sports-betting and lotteries from a practical perspective. He’s a successful sports lottery player with deep knowledge of the ins and outs of game design, operations and the prize collection process. He’s also created courses on gaming law and lectured on sports betting for both Osgoode Hall Law School and the Canadian Gaming Summit. Harley has a law degree from Osgoode Hall and an MBA from Rotman.
Troy has extensive knowledge of the political, regulatory and operational issues related to gaming across Canada and he has advised clients in the complex and often controversial gaming environment for over 20 years. He has represented casinos, gaming equipment manufacturers, lottery, charitable gaming interests, and online stakeholders. Prior to launching his own company, Troy created and managed the first ever gaming practice at a major public affairs firm.
Communications & Responsible Gambling
Known as a driving force in the field of responsible gambling within British Columbia and across Canada, Paul helps regulators and casino operators create and enhance their responsible gambling programs. He has worked with colleagues, researchers, program developers and problem gambling treatment providers from around the world to develop and lead responsible gambling programs.
Sabrina provides clients with an in-depth knowledge of e-sports and fantasy sports, as well as the regulatory regime surrounding sports betting in Canada and across the globe. Sabrina is a solutions-oriented business advisor providing holistic advice on the need to strike an effective balance required for succeeding in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
With over 30 years’ experience working in senior leadership roles in the Gaming and Hospitality Industry, Stuart has built a reputation for building strong teams, driving key initiatives during business challenges and creating and managing strong relationships. He is recognized as an operations expert with the unique ability to determine where the opportunities exist to drive revenue and reduce costs. Stuart is known for his creative and relentless approach as a leader, ensuring all aspects within a business are operating efficiently.
Senior Regulatory Advisor
Denis brings 20 years of practical expertise working with all levels of government, Indigenous communities, public and private sectors, advancing major regulatory initiatives—most recently in gaming, alcohol, tobacco and cannabis. At the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), Denis headed gaming, lottery and wineries audit & compliance, where he led the implementation of the Registrar’s Standards for Gaming in Ontario casinos. Previously, Denis led a government-wide initiative to modernize regulatory compliance, established the precursor to the Ontario Regulators’ Code of Practice, and was recognized by the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM), winning its Gold Award for Innovation in Governance.