Who We Are
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“Gateway”) is one of the largest and most diversified gaming companies in Canada. Operating in British Columbia, Edmonton and Ontario, Gateway has over 6,000 employees and operates 25 gaming properties with more than 280 tables, over 9,600 slots, 68 restaurants and bars and 272 hotel rooms. As the selected service provider for the Central Gaming Bundle in Ontario, Gateway will bring two more properties and one new planned build in Wasaga Beach or Collingwood to the Gateway portfolio when fully implemented. A multi-pronged growth strategy has seen Gateway diversify and expand its product offering, including developing proprietary casino and restaurant brands, which has dramatically improved the gaming customer experience while attracting new customers. This includes brands like Match Eatery & Public House, Atlas Steak + Fish and the new Halley’s Club. In 2017, Gateway celebrated 25 years in the business of gaming and entertainment in Canada.
Whether we are in British Columbia, Edmonton or Ontario the winning formula for a successful gaming property is working closely with community leaders to ensure we are taking an active role in supporting job creation and economic development as well as local community and charitable initiatives.
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited is working towards an ambitious redevelopment program to renovate and rejuvenate properties across the country. We have exciting redevelopment and expansion opportunities in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.
The Catalyst Capital Group Inc. (“Catalyst”), a private equity investment firm with more than $6 billion in assets under management founded in 2002, is a leader in operationally focused turnaround investing. The firm’s mandate is to manufacture risk adjusted returns, in keeping with its philosophy of “we buy what we can build.” Catalyst’s Guiding Principles of investment excellence through operational involvement, superior analytics, attention to detail, intellectual curiosity, team and reputation are key to the firm’s success. The Catalyst team collectively possesses more than 110 years of extensive experience in restructuring, credit markets and merchant and investment banking in Canada, the United States, Latin America and Europe.
Timeline of Our History
Celebrating 25 Successful Years in the Canadian Gaming Industry
Starting in 1992, Gateway Casinos has provided operational services for casinos in the Greater Vancouver Regional District of British Columbia. In April of 1992, Gateway Casinos acquired two casino operations in the Vancouver area: a 5,000 square foot facility on the second floor of the Mandarin Centre in Vancouver’s Chinatown and a smaller 4,000 square foot operation on the top floor of the Royal Towers Hotel in New Westminster, BC.
In March of 1994, Gateway Casinos purchased a third casino, located in Maple Ridge, British Columbia with the intention of relocation in the future, which ultimately became Gateway’s Burnaby Casino.
June of 1994 saw the Gateway relocation of the Vancouver casino from the small premises on the second floor of the Mandarin Centre to newly renovated premises in the same building. At this time, Mandarin Centre was the largest casino in British Columbia. In January 1996, Gateway Casinos relocated its operation in New Westminster from the top floor to expanded premises within the hotel.
Gateway Casinos ceased operating the casino in Maple Ridge in November 1996. The new operation was opened on the second floor of the parkade across from the now Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby, British Columbia.
November 1999 saw the Gateway acquisition of the Palace Casino in Edmonton, Alberta where an extensive renovation which more than doubled the size of the facility, was substantially completed in October 2001.
June – August 2002
The year 2002 was pivotal for Gateway due to the acquisition of the Baccarat Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, in June and the August purchase of the Lake City Casinos in Penticton, Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon.
In 2005 Gateway Casinos opened the Cascades Casino in the heart of Langley, British Columbia which brought about a new era of gaming for the company, boasting over 60,000 square feet of gaming space, 77-room hotel and more than 25,000 square feet of convention space operated by Coast Hotels & Resorts Limited.
2007 – 2008
The Starlight Casino and Grand Villa Casino were opened in 2007 and 2008 respectively and are currently operating as Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited’s flagship properties.
In 2011 Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited purchased three existing Community Gaming Centres located in Squamish, Mission and the Newton Surrey area.
Cascades Casino in Langley, BC underwent an exciting and extensive property refresh in 2014, including the addition of Gateway’s signature restaurant, Match Eatery & Public House.
In April 2015, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment announced The Grand Villa Edmonton will be built inside the Edmonton Arena District – the heart and hub of Edmonton. This world-class entertainment destination will be the home of the spectacular new casino and entertainment property which will bring a $32 million investment, 450 person years during construction and up to 200 new jobs to Edmonton. Opening is scheduled for Summer 2016.
In August 2015 Gateway opened the new Cascades Casino Kamloops a first-class casino and entertainment destination. Featuring 65,000 square feet of gaming space, venues for live entertainment and dining options to suit any taste, including Gateway’s signature Match Eatery & Public House.
The new Cascades Casino Kamloops officially opened its doors in August 2015, a $40 million, first-class gaming and entertainment destination in the heart of Kamloops. The property features 65,000 square feet of premium entertainment space, a spectacular gaming floor, live entertainment and many dining options, including Gateway’s signature restaurants MATCH Eatery & Public House and the debut of Atlas Steak + Fish, the new fine dining restaurant.
In November 2015, Gateway announced they will undertake a spectacular renovation of the Palace Casino and re-brand it Starlight Edmonton. This project will redefine gaming and entertainment in the iconic West Edmonton Mall. The Starlight Edmonton will create up to 250 new jobs and an investment of $40 Million into the Edmonton economy. Opening is scheduled for fall 2016.
December 2015 saw Gateway Casinos acquires Playtime Gaming. The acquisition of the six (6) Playtime locations (Abbotsford, Langley, Penticton, Courtenay, Campbell River and Victoria) includes the purchase of all assets, operations and the transition of approximately 300 employees, bringing Gateway’s total work force to over 3,800 employees, establishing them as one of the largest gaming and entertainment companies in Canada, with 18 locations across British Columbia and Alberta.
The new Grand Villa Edmonton Casino officially opened its doors in September 2016, a $32 million, first-class gaming and entertainment destination in Edmonton’s ICE District. The property features over 60,000 square feet of entertainment space featuring live music, gaming, and 7 dining options , including Gateway’s signature Match Eatery & Public House and Atlas Steak + Fish.
December 2016 OLG selected Gateway as the service provider for both North and Southwest Gaming Bundles in its modernization of Ontario’s gaming industry. The Ontario expansion will bring eleven new properties (nine existing and two planned new builds) to the Gateway portfolio when fully implemented.
On May 9 and May 30th, Gateway took over the day-to-day operations of the Southwest and North Gaming Bundles in Ontario. The Southwest Bundle included a casino in Point Edward and slots in Woodstock (at Woodstock Raceway), London (at the Western Fair District), Clinton (at Clinton Raceway), Dresden (at Dresden Raceway) and Hanover (at Hanover Raceway); while the North Bundle included two casinos in Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie, and slots in Sudbury (at Sudbury Downs). This expansion makes Gateway Canada’s largest and most diversified gaming company.
Gateway Casinos announced that it will undertake a spectacular rebranding and redevelopment of Gateway Casinos Point Edward to become Starlight Casino. With the addition of new dining and culinary options, the project will bring more job opportunities for employees and a $26 Million investment to the local economy.
Gateway Casinos received BCLC provided preliminary approval and is proposing plans to build a new $70 million entertainment destination in Delta. Gateway plans to enter into a land lease agreement with the current ownership of the Town & Country site. The proposed project will feature a casino, signature restaurants, live entertainment offerings, and a premium hotel and meeting space. Planned investment could bring up to 700 new jobs and careers along with gaming, dining, and entertainment to the community.
Gateway celebrates 25 years in the business of entertainment. Gateway celebrated its silver anniversary with customers, communities and employees throughout the month of October, including hosting Canada’s Largest Slot Tournament and the 25 days of Giving that saw GatewayGIVES, its corporate giving and community engagement program, donate a total of $125,000 to 25 deserving, employee-selected, charities across Canada.
On March 1, 2018 Gateway officially launched Playtime Casino Kelowna. A $3.6 Million renovation of the Lake City Casino, and is the first of Gateway’s new signature casino brand – Playtime Casino.
March 15, 2018
OLG selected Gateway as the service provider for the Central Gaming Bundle, which includes OLG Slots at Georgian Downs and Casino Rama Resort. Gateway will have the opportunity to build a new gaming and entertainment facility in Wasaga Beach or Collingwood. The proposed new facility will be subject to all necessary approvals.
With the Central Gaming Bundle, Gateway will now operate a gaming market area stretching from Kenora in Northwestern Ontario through to Innisfil in Central Ontario, along with six properties in Southwest Ontario.
On March 28 Gateway announced it plans to relocate the current Dresden casino and expects to invest $36 million into a new Cascades Casino at 615 Richmond Street and create up to 200 new jobs in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. The proposed new casino would feature over 300 slots and 10 table games, and feature Gateway’s signature restaurant brands MATCH Eatery & Public House and The Buffet.
The Executive Team
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Administrative Officer
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Chief Compliance / Risk Officer and
Chief Information Officer
Senior VP and Managing Director of Casinos, BC
Senior VP and Managing Director of Casinos, ON
Senior VP, Operations
Senior VP, Marketing and Communications
Senior VP, Human Resources
VP, Legal Affairs
VP, Finance, ON
VP, Operations and Marketing Analytics
VP, Slots and Loyalty Marketing
VP, Gaming Operations, ON
VP, Operations BC East
VP, Operations BC West
VP, Operations, CGC Division
Executive Director, VIP
Executive Director, Marketing Strategy and Loyalty, Western Canada
Director, Organizational Development
Director, Sales & Group Operations
Director, Brand Marketing
Director, Security, Ontario
Director, Public Relations
Kamlesh (Kam) Lal
Director, Food and Beverage, Western Canada
Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Director, Site Marketing
Director, Human Resources
Regional Director, Northern Ontario
Director, Labour Relations
Director, Government Relations