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Godfrey Focuses On OLG Image

Published: November 19, 2010 2:34 pm ET

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Paul Godfrey, the chairman of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, has said that he will “set the OLG in a new direction” over the coming years to restore the image of the government organization.

According to an article in the October/November, 2010 edition of Canadian Gaming Business Magazine, Godfrey claims he has a five-year agenda, and he expects steady change to occur over those years.

“I am there for five years. I can tell you, you will be able to take a snapshot at the end of the fifth year and a snapshot on my first day and you will notice a dramatic change at the end of the time,” he vowed.

“I don’t think I should ever be the one that judges where it is a job well done. I think that will be done by the media, politicians and the citizens. We will do the best job we can. We hope that the board can breathe fresh air and a lot of light. We would rather generate light, than heat in there and I think that we are well on our way to doing that,” he said.

Godfrey, who was took over as chair of the OLG late in 2009, feels that the image of the OLG was tarnished over a long period of time, and it will take a long time to restore the image as well. He believes the OLG must do a better job of communicating to the public all the good things it does and the contributions it makes to Ontarians.

One of the OLG's biggest projects in the next few years is the planned 2012 launch of an internet gaming site. According to Godfrey, who stands behind the initiative, the idea “makes too much commonsense to ignore.”

The article, which is an Executive Profile, makes no specific mention of Ontario’s casinos or Slots at Racetracks program.

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