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2017 World Trotting Conference Symposium Biographies

The Symposium at The World Trotting Conference: Investing in the Future
Wednesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 17, 2017

This year’s World Trotting Conference will take place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. All day on August 16th, and during the morning of August 17th, the symposium portion of the event will feature content and top speakers from Canada, and around the world, to talk about the future of the sport.

This is your chance to visit PEI, engage in valuable and entertaining sessions about the industry, and meet delegates and participants from around the world. After the Symposium, you are encouraged to stay in beautiful PEI for the final leg of the World Driving Championship on Friday, August 18th, and the Gold Cup & Saucer on Saturday, August 19th.

A world-class roster of international participants has been assembled for the Symposium sessions. More information about these participants follows.

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(OLG Lunch Presentation)

Dr. Cal Bricker – Senior Vice President of Horse Racing at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in Canada. Prior to this he served as the Vice-President of Public Affairs at Waste Management of Canada. Dr. Bricker is a member of the Board of Governors of Wilfrid Laurier University, a Director of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, a Director of the Toronto Zoo, the Secretary Treasurer of the Ontario Waste Management Association as well as a member of the Municipal Affairs Committee of the Toronto Board of Trade. Additionally, Dr. Bricker is a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Forces Army Reserve, currently serving as the Director, Commanders Action Group, 1st Canadian Division, and is also a member of the faculty of the Canadian Forces College. Dr. Bricker earned both his BA and MA in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. In 1994 he completed the Executive Development Program from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta in 2003.

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(Protecting Our Horses -- Cobalt and Environmental Contaminants in Drug Control)

Lydia Brooks holds the position of Manager, Research & Analysis of the Equine Drug Control Program at the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA), a special operating agency of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). She is also the technical authority of the TCO2 program, the Program Coordinator of CPMA Proficiency Testing (PT) Program and, the Project Authority of the analytical contract that includes the testing official samples and conducting equine drug research. She has been very involved in the accreditation domain (ISO/IEC 17025 & ISO/IEC 17045) as a technical assessor for the Standard Council of Canada in the PT, environmental, mineral analysis and toxicology for the last 12 years.

Lydia began her career with AAFC working at the Centre of Food and Animal Research doing research in vitamins and robotics. A few years later, she joined the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) performing drug residue analysis in food. She joined the CPMA in 1998 where she has spent time as the Quality Manager of the CPMA Reference and Research Laboratory and Project Authority of the contract for official samples. Lydia is the author of scientific publications and has made oral and poster presentations at national and international meetings, on topics related to her work at CPMA.

Lydia holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry, Pharmacology & Biology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a Master’s degree in Food Chemistry from the University of Guelph. She has been a Professional member since 2007 and a Fellow member since 2011 of the Association of Official Racing Chemists (AORC). She has held the office of vice-president of the international chapter and president of the Americas section of the AORC.

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(Is it time for whip free racing?)

John Campbell, a native of London, Ontario, is the leading money-winning driver in North America, with purse money in excess of $300 million. He has amassed more than 10,600 victories in his four decades of driving, has led all North American drivers in earnings 16 times and has won every major race in the sport -- including a record six Hambletonians -– at least once.

His remarkable career on the racetrack saw him elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1990 at age 35, the youngest person to be honored, and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1987. He was voted Stanley F. Bergstein-Proximity Achievement Award Winner in 2012; voted U.S. Harness Writers Driver of the Year in 2006 and W. R. Haughton Good Guy in 2002; the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Service To Youth honoree in 2003; awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for his commitment to harness racing by the Governor General of Canada in 2000 and is president of the Grand Circuit and a director of the Little Brown Jug Society.

Campbell has been a Hambletonian Society director since 1992 and was recently elected president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Society, with his last driving commitments coming in the Hall of Fame race at Goshen, NY and at Legends Day at Clinton Raceway in Clinton, Ontario.

The Hambletonian Society is a not-for-profit organization which supports and encourages the breeding of Standardbred horses by sponsoring and administering stakes and other special events in harness racing. The Society was founded in 1924 to organize the Hambletonian Stake, one of 37 races it currently owns, and one of the 131 stakes events it oversees.

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ARTHUR COOPER (It's A Small Small World -- International Simulcasting)

Arthur Cooper is an Australian who lives in England and is one of the English speaking race commentators for French Racing television Broadcaster Equidia. He has broadcast all G1 Trotting races in France and commentated international races including the Elitloppet.

Since September 2013 Arthur has been Consultant to Irish Harness Racing Association. He has played a key role in the development of the industry which has seen rapid growth and recognition of the sport both in Ireland and internationally. In addition he owns a racing media and business development company that specialises in marketing, data management and broadcast rights.

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(Protecting Our Horses -- Drug Control in Canada)

Dr. Carolyn Cooper is currently the Director of the Equine Drug Control Program at the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency, a special operating agency of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Prior to joining the CPMA in April 2016, Carolyn spent nearly nine years with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), interspersed in 2014 by a seven month assignment in Yukon as Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer and Acting Director of Environment Yukon’s Animal Health Unit.

Carolyn began her career with the CFIA regulating veterinary biologics (e.g. vaccines) and monitoring the post-market safety and efficacy of regulated products. She also spent time as the Senior Advisor to the Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada, where she gained experience in infectious disease outbreak/emergency management, federal/provincial/territorial (FPT) relations, and international trade. Her last assignment with CFIA was as the animal health expert on the team developing the FPT Strategic Emergency Management Framework for Agriculture and national Plant and Animal Health Strategy.

Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science (Hon.) in Neuroscience from Carleton University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College.

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(A Brave New World -- New Ways of Betting on Horses)

Brad Cummings first developed the concept for EquiLottery in late 2009 as a response to a life-changing Breeders’ Cup experience at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Since then, he has spent years designing the game and business model to suit the needs of lottery and horse racing, two multi-billion-dollar industries of vital importance to the states and countries they serve.
The initial success of the EquiLottery launch along with the proven track record of his first start up, a website called the Paulick Report he started in 2008 with internationally-renowned journalist Ray Paulick, has helped Cummings build a name for himself as an innovator with the persistence necessary to follow through on his vision. Cummings most recently served as COO of PM Advertising, a Lexington, KY ad agency specializing in Thoroughbred racing, penned a regular column with the Courier-Journal and previously served as a political operative in his adopted home state of Kentucky.

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(It's a Small Small World -- International Simulcasting)

Alex Dadoyan, a native of Fort Lee, New Jersey, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in economics. He went on to law school at Fordham University in Manhattan where he received his Juris Doctor degree. A lifelong racing fan, Dadoyan has spent the last 20 years working in the racing industry starting with a summer internship at the Meadowlands in 1997 while still in law school. He worked in several different departments at the Meadowlands in his 15 years there including publicity, television production, simulcasting, off-track wagering and racing operations. More recently, Dadoyan has served as the Executive Director for the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, with an emphasis on expanding the distribution of the Yonkers racing signal globally.

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(The Lightning Round -- 50 Marketing Ideas)

Lee is the Manager of Marketing & Sales with Red Shores' properties at Summerside and Charlottetown.

He’s a proud Rotarian and is also an active member in the community serving on a number of committees. He is chairman of the Special Events Reserve Fund that was set up to support events and attractions coming to Charlottetown. He spent 18 years in the broadcast industry and has an extensive background in the harness racing industry serving from 2005 to 2010 as marketing director with Harness Racing PEI.

Lee joins the management team at Red Shores led by Managing Director Michael MacKinnon and Manager of Operations Heidi Duchesne. He and his marketing team are responsible in making Red Shores operations a leading community and entertainment destination in racing, dining and gaming.

Their signature events include the Governor’s Plate, Gold Cup & Saucer, PEI Poker Challenge and Atlantic Canada Poker Championship along with other lines of new customer experiences. Drake is also in command of the Race Day broadcast team that joins veteran track announcer Vance Cameron on live presentations. The broadcast team also includes Peter MacPhee, JD MacDonald and Bo Ford.

His wife is Jennifer Evans, general manager of Ocean 100 and The New Hot 105.5. They reside in Sherwood with their daughter Laurel and son John.

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(Generation Next -- Breeding Incentives)

Ryan Dupuis is the Senior Director of Finance & Programs at Ontario Racing (OR), the newly-created horse racing industry association that serves as Ontario’s voice of the horse racing industry. Ontario Racing is responsible for directing breed improvement programs, setting an annual program of races and purses, attracting new horse owners, building a fan base and connecting the industry with the government and the general public.

While working at the Ontario Racing Commission (now AGCO), Ryan helped lead the development and implementation of Ontario’s 5-year, $500 Million, Horse Racing Partnership Program. Now with OR, Ryan works closely with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation on the integration of horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy.

Moving forward, Ryan’s personal objective is to ensure that Ontario’s breed improvement programs are aligned with Government and Industry strategic objectives. He contributes to a vibrant horse racing sector by working with industry professionals in deploying the breeding program’s finite resources for the maximum benefit to stakeholders.

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(Measure to Manage -- Working with Government)

Joe Faraldo is chairman of USTA District 8-A. A 20-plus-year member of the USTA board. President and chief executive officer of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York since 1980. Started in harness racing in 1966 as an owner. A graduate of St. John's school of law and a practicing attorney, he has long been an advocate of horsemen's rights in the courts. Argued the only harness racing case ever heard in the U.S. Supreme Court. Twice honored as SOA “Man of the Year.” He helped the passage of slot legislation in New York which created a renaissance in New York racing. Founder and director of the North American Amateur Driver's Association. National Amateur Driver in 1997, he was the U.S. representative to the World Amateur Driver's Championships in 1998. He is a two-time Billings amateur driving champ. He successfully conducted the World Cup for Amateurs once again in the U.S. in 2008, with the cooperation of track managements at Balmoral, Maywood, Freehold, Yonkers, Monticello and the Meadowlands. In 1994, he was selected as HHI's “Man of the Year,” and in 2001 received that organization's Appreciation Award. He received the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2011 Excelsior Award, presented by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Was nominated for USHWA's Proximity Award and received that organization's 2007 President's Award. Served as USTA chairman of the board from 2003-2007.

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(It's a Small Small World -- International Simulcasting)

As Country Manager for North America and the Caribbean, Finley directs the operations, logistics, sales and distribution of French Racing, Europe’s number one signal. PMU hosts the third largest pools in the world, with over $10 billion in handle on more than 10,000 domestic flat, jump and trotting races.

Finley has an extensive background in business development, wagering dynamics and technology deployment in the horseracing industry. Prior to joining PMU, he served as the Director of Simulcasting for The New York Racing Association. Finley has also managed a consulting practice specializing in international racing. Earlier in his career, Scott was the vice president of marketing for Autotote Systems (now Sportech) and has served in executive capacities at Daily Racing Form and The Racing Times.

At NYRA, Finley increased annual simulcasting revenue by more than $6 million for North America’s leading signal provider. While representing British racing, Finley introduced commingled wagering on international content to North America, generating handle growth of 550% over five years. Scott has contributed numerous articles on betting and Internet technology applications and handicapping strategies to publications such as USA Today, Thoroughbred Daily News, Racing Post, "The Blood-Horse" and "HorsePlayer" magazines.

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(It's A Small Small World -- International Simulcasting)

Vic Harrison majored in music and fully expected eventual induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but, instead, became a racing industry veteran having started in the business while living in New Jersey in 1984 as an owner of a couple of Standardbreds racing at Monticello Raceway. In 1989 Vic began his racing career in earnest as an auditor for the Florida Division of PMW. Vic had moved his way up to be the Florida Division’s statewide Pari-Mutuel Manager when United Tote recognized his adept sales skills and he was recruited away in 1997. Vic left United Tote in 2007 only to return again in 2012 resuming his role as Senior Director of Sales. He was not idle during the interim five years and split this non-United Tote period as, first, the Executive Director of the VA Racing Commission and then as General Manager of Penn-National’s Sanford-Orlando Kennel Club. His sales position has taken him to racing jurisdictions as far afield as Mongolia and as nearby as Charlottetown, Summerside and Truro. Vic is a true fan of racing and, especially, handicapping and is the reigning driving champion of Monticello’s Battle of The Brain Trusts (‘Reigning’ because since he won the race, wire to wire, in 2013 and it hasn’t been run since!) Vic has creative thoughts on actions the pari-mutuel wagering industry could take to better itself and he loves discussing them with anyone with an open mind (or discussing 1960’s R&R; a subject in which he is an expert). As you can see, he’s experienced our industry as a fan, an owner, a vendor and a regulator and after appending time with Vic you will know that he truly loves this industry be it harness, flat, greyhound, jai-alai, OTB or ADW.

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(Innovative ways of tracking horses)

Microchipping is the way many horse organizations are tracking and identifying the animals. Adrienne Herron, M. Sc. P. Ag. is a traceability systems specialist and an equine specialist. She blends her practical experience in the beef and equine industries with her education in animal behaviour to find functional traceability solutions. Looking at a traceability challenge from beyond a legislative requirement and incorporating different perspectives, including an animal's behaviour, creates a more robust system that is easier for people and animals. Herron will present her discovery regarding a new location for microchip implantation, a location where microchip migration is no longer an issue.

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(Is it time for whip free racing?)

Melissa Keith is a Nova Scotian journalist who has covered harness racing for a decade, writing articles for TROT, Hoof Beats, TrackBred and Atlantic Post Calls. A harness-only horseplayer who has leased and co-owned Standardbreds, she is a two-time winner of the John Hervey Award (2011, 2016) and the winner of the 2015 O'Brien Media Excellence Award. She is serving her second term as the president of the US Harness Writers Association Canadian chapter.

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(It's A Small Small World -- International Simulcasting)

Andrew Kelly is the Chief Executive of Harness Racing Australia (HRA), the peak national body for the sport and business of harness racing in Australia - an industry supporting more than 48,400 individuals who are involved in the process of producing and preparing Standardbreds for racing in Australia. More than 19,000 of whom rely on harness racing, in part or totality, for their livelihood.
Prior to joining HRA in late 2008, Andrew held various executive positions within the harness racing industry, including premier Club management and State Controlling Body Chief Executive roles. Andrew also has success in senior commercial executive roles within Australia’s two most popular sports, Australian Rules Football and Cricket.

Business aside, Andrew is a proud husband and father of 3, a very poor social tennis player, amateur beekeeper and backyard farmer.

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(The Lightning Round -- 50 Marketing Ideas)

Johan Lindberg, 41, is the Secretary General of Svensk Travsport (Swedish Trotting Association). He is a former journalist who moved from his hometown Skellefteå in the northern part of Sweden to Stockholm in 1998. After almost two years at the horse betting company ATG he was part of the original setup of Kanal 75, ATG's daughter company for TV production of horse racing. Between 2004 and 2010 Johan was the editor in chief for Kanal 75.

In 2011 he become the racing manager for three tracks, Gävle, Bollnäs and Hagmyren. In 2013 he was recruited to Svensk Travsport.

Johan still lives outside of Gävle (200 kilometers north from Stockholm) on a small farm with his wife Anna and their 4 year old daughter Juni. The family - including Anna's parents - have 16 race horses at home.

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(A Brave New World - New Ways of Betting on Horses)

Chris Lush is the Senior Vice President of Technology, Wagering and Broadcast for Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), formerly the Ontario Jockey Club, and the largest operator of horse racing in Canada.

Since originally joining Woodbine Entertainment as the Senior Vice President of Information Technology Chris’s portfolio was expanded to include Wagering and Broadcast. Chris has been responsible for increasing the Global wagering footprint for Canadian simulcast product and introducing innovation and change to the broadcasting environment. He also runs a series of initiatives surrounding innovation to evolve and improve both the product and delivery model for pari-mutuel wagering -- including sponsoring the transformation to mobile wagering for horse racing in Canada.

Prior to joining Woodbine, Chris spent over 20 years leading technology in the investment and finance space including serving as Head of Technology Delivery for the Toronto Stock Exchange as well as leading Technology Infrastructure for HSBC Securities Canada.

Chris studied Economics and Political Sciences at the University of Ottawa followed by Technology Management at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.

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(The Facts about the Fracs -- Fractional Ownership)

Anthony MacDonald and wife Amy are the co-founders of the award winning fractional ownership site
Prior to this, Anthony spent his working life as a trainer and driver, competing at harness tracks all over North America. He has amassed just short of $30 million in purse money, with almost 3,000 wins in over 17 years in the race bike.
In 2012 when the provincial Liberal government cancelled the slots at racetracks program, Anthony ran in the 2014 election for the Progressive Conservatives as their candidate in Guelph, finishing second only to the sitting ministry of education.
Now the parents of Ava and Oliver, Anthony and Amy race a stable of 60 horses all over North America for 282 clients living in 6 countries.

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(Measure to Manage -- Working with Government)

Hon. J. Heath MacDonald is the Minister of Economic Development and Tourism for the Province of Prince Edward Island.

Heath MacDonald was first elected to the provincial legislature on May 4, 2015 representing District 16 - Cornwall/Meadowbank. He was subsequently appointed Minister of Economic Development and Tourism on May 19, 2015.
Prior to his election as MLA, Mr. MacDonald was the Executive Director of Quality Tourism Services, Atlantic Canada Manager of Access Advisor, and President and Co-Founder of BamText Information Technology and Consulting. Mr. MacDonald has over 20 years experience in the private sector with a particular focus on the tourism industry.

Mr. MacDonald has been an active volunteer for many years, with ties to numerous sports and community organizations.

Mr. MacDonald has earned praise from various organizations for his efforts to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. They include the Access Award from the PEI Council of People with Disabilities, and the City of Charlottetown Accessibility Award. Mr. MacDonald was a Chair Leader as part of the Canadian Paraplegic Association's annual awareness campaign.

Mr. MacDonald lives in Cornwall with his wife Elizabeth and they have two children, Jacklyn and Isaac.

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Dr. Kathleen MacMillan
(The Health and Welfare of the Standardbred Racehorse -- Major Concerns and Challenges)

Dr. Kathleen MacMillan is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Kathleen grew up on a horse farm in PEI and knew from the young age of 5 that she wanted to be an equine veterinarian. Kathleen worked previously as an associate veterinarian in equine practice prior to establishing a solo equine ambulatory practice in PEI. In 2010, she joined the faculty at the Atlantic Veterinary College and obtains great satisfaction in taking care of her equine patients while teaching future veterinarians the intricacies of equine practice. Kathleen works in the Ambulatory Equine Service at AVC and has a strong interest in the Standardbred community. Her clinical and research focus is on equine sports medicine, preventive medicine, and equine welfare.

Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Prince Edward, a Master of Science in Equine Exercise Physiology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island. In 2013, Kathleen became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Equine Practice.

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(Taking the Regs Out of Regulations)

With 32 years of experience with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Jean spent 23 of those years as CEO of two regulatory agencies. Jean began his career in the OPS as an economist and policy analyst and later as a gaming regulator in 1990 as Manager responsible for charitable gaming. In 1994, he joined the Ontario Racing Commission as CEO. In this role, he and his team were successful in effecting significant changes to the regulatory framework governing horse racing. Jean was appointed CEO and Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario in 2004. In this capacity Jean continues to lead significant regulatory changes to the alcohol and gaming industries, including transformational changes to a risk-based, compliance focused approach to regulation and the development of a regulatory framework for lotteries and internet gaming. On April 1st, 2016, the AGCO also received responsibilities for the regulation of horse racing in Ontario. Jean received his Queen’s Commission as an Honorary Chief Superintendent of the Ontario Provincial Police in 2011.

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(Measure to Manage -- Working with Government)

Donald Marean is Vice Chairman of the USTA, and Chairman of USTA District 9. He is a director of the Maine Farm Bureau Horse Council, a director of the Maine Harness Horsemen’s Association, and currently is the vice chair of the University of the Maine Board of Agriculture and he was also appointed by the Governor to serve on the Animal Welfare Advisory Council, representing Maine Farm Bureau and large animals. Served your years in the Maine House of Representatives from 2005-2008 and was re-elected to the House in 2012, 2014 and 2016. In between those terms, he was the spokesman for the industry at the Statehouse as their lobbyist.

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(Measure to Manage -- Working with Government)

Guillaume Maupas is the Racing Manager at Le Trot (French authority for trotting races), previously named Societe du Cheval Francais. Le TROT, is a non-profit association under the administrative supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture, The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of the Interior.
Maupas joined Cheval Francais in 1990 as an intern, the internship went well and was hired full time. Guillaume Maupas was appointed Racing Manager in September of 2010. Maupas is in charge of racing, breeding, regularity of the races, international relations and development, control of medications and doping.

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(The Facts about the Fracs -- Fractional Ownership)

Mats Norberg, business advisor working for the Swedish Farmers organization, specializing in horse-based entrepreneurship, tax issues and the construction of different ownership solutions and concepts. Representatives of many part-owned horses and solid experience in different ownership constellations, including the Swedish success Rikstravet. Mats is also a Board member in the Swedish trotting organization.

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DR. CHRISTINA OLSSON (Generation Next -- Breeding Incentives)

Dr. Christina Olsson, MSC is the Director of the Department of Breeding for the Swedish Trotting Association.

Her Masters of Science specialized on genetics and horses.

Olsson is also a breeder and international judge for riding horses.

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(Generation Next -- Pinpointing foaling time)

Lisa Pfister in an engineering graduate, entrepreneur, and equine enthusiast. Pfister combined her love of horses with her engineering and analytical background to found Pfera Inc, an equine reproductive biotechnology company.

Pfister began riding horses at a young age, which then over the years eveloped into starting her own Hanoverian breeding program. Doing this enabled her to understand and learn more about the various aspects of the breeding industry as well as the hardships and frustrations breeders and veterinarians face every season. Through every opportunity she could find Lisa has assisted in much of the equine reproductive work associated with running a breeding facility. She assisted mares foaling out and learned about the many of the methods of foal watch and birth prediction. Pfister completed her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of New Brunswick in 2016. She started her Masters in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (Graduating July 2017). Pfera Inc. has started off this year with numerous success in business plan competitions, notably being the Provincial winner of the NBIF BreakThru Competition.

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(The Lightning Round -- 50 Marketing Ideas)

Edward Rennell has been Chief Executive of Harness Racing New Zealand since 1997. Harness Racing NZ is the controlling body for the conduct of harness racing in New Zealand, with responsibilities including rules, registration and licensing processes, communications, provision of industry computer services, setting of dates and funding of clubs. Edward is also a Board member of the NZ Equine Research Foundation and Equine Health Association and trustee on the NZ Racing Safety Development Fund,

Edward’s previous employment was as an auditor in the public sector and corporate services manager for a local government organisation.

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(The Facts about the Fracs -- Fractional Ownership)

Paul Ryneveld is the General Manager of Century Downs. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Washington as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from the same. In addition, Mr. Ryneveld completed a Bachelors of Animal Science from the University of Arizona while attending the Race Track Industry Program. Mr. Ryneveld has 30 years of experience in pari-mutuel racing, 12 of which occurred in upper management at racetracks with slot casinos. He is an “A” track representative on the Horse Racing Alberta Board and is a Director on the Century Bets! Board.

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(Measure to Manage -- Working with Government)

Cedric Salibi is the Director, Policy and Economic Analysis, at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) dedicated to the horse racing division.He leads an industry-wide effort to support the efficient and effective management of funding through fact-based decision making by developing the information management capability of the horse racing sector in Ontario.

Prior to joining the OLG, Cedric held various progressive roles in electricity generation, aerospace defense and management consulting.

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(A Brave New World -- New Ways of betting on horses)

Christopher J. Schick is the Founder and Chairman of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program. General Manager of Cal Expo Harness operated by Watch and Member of Golden Bear Racing LLC. USTA District 3 Director since 1994. Began attending Harness Racing in upstate New York in the early 70's as a fan, owner, and later a professional handicapper before entering into racetrack management in 1993.

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(The Lightning Round -- 50 Marketing Ideas)

The Director Product Development & Marketing for OLG's Horse Racing division, Adriana is a marketing executive with over 25 years of experience. She joined the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in 2002 as a member of the Gaming Marketing Department and ultimately became the VP of this team. In this role, Adriana was responsible for leading the marketing and customer strategy for OLG’s Charity Casinos and Slots at Racetrack locations. In her current role, Adriana is responsible for leading the marketing efforts promoting horse racing in Ontario and collaborating with industry in the development of new products.

Prior to OLG, Adriana spent over twelve years in the hospitality sector, leading marketing and customer experience for casual dining brands.

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(Is it time for whip free racing?)

Brent Stone has a 29 year career in Ontario regulatory oversight and policing, and is currently Director of Racing Operations for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). In April 2016, the AGCO assumed the regulatory responsibilities of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC).

Brent is responsible for the oversight of all three breeds of racing in Ontario - Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horse. This includes racing-related investigations, licensing and registration, as well as officiating.

He joined the ORC as an Investigator in 2000 and subsequently was promoted and served in a variety of managerial positions, including Supervisor of Thoroughbred Racing. Prior to his career in the regulatory oversight of horse racing, Brent was a police officer with the York Regional Police Force for over ten years, and performed duties within the Criminal Investigative Branch and the Drug and Vice unit.

In order to protect the health and welfare of the horse and the public’s perception of racing, Ontario introduced new rules on the use of the whip – known as urging – in 2009. The new rules came into place after a year-long dialogue with the racing community and considerable work and effort undertaken by industry Working Groups. Through a program of education of the participants and consistency from the officials in applying the rules, Ontario established a new standard of practice.

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(Breaking Through the New Media)

Angel Suarez is the Executive Vice President at Red Circle, a full service advertising agency that has worked with nearly 100 casinos and racinos around the country over the last 15 years. His team creates and executes marketing campaigns that include brand development, targeted media planning and buying, online marketing, database marketing, social media, website design, and more. Angel spent most of his career working for "Madison Avenue" advertising agencies and Fortune 500 Companies in New York City. As a Brand Manager at ESPN, he led the 2010 FIFA World Cup launch campaign of, helping to bring live sports to the internet. In 2012, he and his team left ESPN to help start a new sports division for USA TODAY known as USA TODAY Sports. His prior experience with such innovative companies as Zimmerman Advertising, The Walt Disney Company, USA TODAY Sports, and ESPN has brought unique perspective to Red Circle, where the focus is and has always been data-driven advertising and marketing solutions for casinos and racinos. His accolades having been featured in Advertising Age magazine for a "Rising Star" award, Disney ESPN Media Network's "Most Creative Male" award, AdFed's "32 under 32 Executives to Watch for Minneapolis" and Sports Launch magazine's "40 under 40". Angel is the former Chairman of the AdColor Advisory Board, focused on diversity and inclusion in the advertising industry. Currently, he sits on the Executive Board and is next in line to be President of the Advertising Federation of Minnesota.

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(The Facts about the Fracs -- Fractional Ownership)

Michael J. Tanner is the executive vice president/chief executive officer of the United States Trotting Association (USTA). Tanner is the ninth EVP in the organization’s history.

Tanner came to the Association following a stint as the director of racing operations at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack (October 2005-December 2008). Previously, Tanner held a variety of positions in Thoroughbred racing at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, from 1993-2005, including director of marketing, media, and simulcasting; assistant to the president, and director of communications. He performed special assignments at various Magna Entertainment Corp. holdings, did additional work for the Breeders’ Cup from 2001-2003, and was a member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Technology Group’s communications task force in 2002. He began his management career in 1992 at Ladbroke Detroit Race Course.

Tanner sits on a variety of industry-related boards of directors, including those of the American Horse Council, Harness Horse Youth Foundation, and University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program. Since his start at the USTA, he has been honoured with the Lewis Barasch Breakthrough Award (2008),the John Hervey Award for outstanding harness racing column (2012), and the Harness Horsemen International’s “Dominic Frinzi Person of The Year” (2015).

Tanner graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1988. He completed graduate work in Clinical Psychology at Bowling Green State University from 1989-1991, and subsequently obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University. He and his wife, Gail, reside in Blacklick, Ohio.

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(A Brave New World - New Ways of Betting on Horses)

Dean Towers is a board member of the Horseplayers Association of North America and has presented at numerous gambling conferences across North America.

Dean is a columnist for Harness Racing Update, and writes regularly on gambling and customer issues for the Thoroughbred Daily News.

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(Woodbine Entertainment Group Lunch Presentation)

Tom Via, Senior Vice President Operations for Woodbine Entertainment Group. Tom joined the WEG Executive Team as SVP Operations on July 1, 2016. In his role, Tom is responsible for leading the Marketing, Guest Experience and Events, Culinary and Restaurant, Sales and Corporate Partnership, Security and all day to day Operations teams at both the Mohawk Standardbred and Woodbine Thoroughbred properties located in Toronto, Canada.

Tom brings to WEG his knowledge as an Internationally Experienced Senior Retail Executive having lead and managed businesses in Canada, USA and Australia. His recent assignments included serving as CEO of Brookstone, an innovative gift, audio and wellness retailer based in US, SVP Babies R Us the leading US and multi-national retailer of infant care products for mom’ and their babies and President Toys R Us Australia a wholly owned operating division of Toys R Us, Inc.

Tom’s innovative leadership in developing and implementing Guest-Centric business strategies is timely for our industry where attracting new fans to horse racing and recruiting new participants to horse ownership are crucial priorities. Moreover, his operational experience brings a focus to identifying business efficiencies that lead to strengthened operating and overhead infrastructure. Considering the significant capital-intensive expansion plans for both Woodbine and Mohawk, his considerable management experience will complement the leadership necessary to navigate this exciting transition period for WEG.

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(Is it time for whip free racing?)

Geoff Want has a strong understanding of the Australian racing and wagering industries having worked closely with the three codes of racing in a variety of senior media executive positions for many years and serving as chairman of Harness Racing Australia for more than eight years.

Geoff semi-retired at the end of 2004 after 5-1/2 years as the head of Sky Channel, Australia’s leading racing broadcaster. He spent more than 40 years in the media, originally as a journalist and then in a series of senior administrative positions.

He witnessed at first hand the significant changes in the Australian wagering industry over the past 20 years, being a member for almost six years of the senior executive group of the country’s two biggest off course wagering operators, TAB Limited in New South Wales – of which Sky Channel was a wholly owned subsidiary – and the Victorian based TABCORP, which acquired TAB Limited in mid-2004.

Geoff has traveled extensively looking at racing operations in many countries and has spoken at industry conferences in Europe, the Americas and Asia. He played a key role in the development of Sky Channel’s international venture, simulcasting Australian racing to a wide audience.

He was elected as the independent chair of the Australian Harness Racing Council – now Harness Racing Australia - in October 2006 and has headed the Australian delegation at the past five world conferences.

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(Protecting our Horses -- National Uniform Medication Program)

Russell Williams is President of the USTA, chairman of Standardbred Horse Sales Co., and chairman of Hanover Shoe Farms. Williams has spent his entire life in the sport.

Earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Richmond. Serves as a trustee of the Harness Racing Museum and the Hanover Foundation for Excellence in Education. President of the Hanover Shoe Farms Foundation. Member of the U.S. Harness Writers Association.

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