Who We Are
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (Gateway) is the largest and most diversified gaming company in Canada. Operating in British Columbia, Edmonton and Ontario, Gateway has over 6,100 employees and operates 26 gaming properties with 282 tables, over 9,500 slots, 68 restaurants and bars and 272 hotel rooms. Gateway is undertaking an ambitious growth strategy to dramatically improve the customer experience and attract new customers. This includes the development of proprietary food and beverage brands like Match Eatery & Public House and Atlas Steak + Fish as well as the addition of two new planned builds in North Bay and Kenora in Northern Ontario. This year Gateway is celebrating 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.
The Executive Team
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Administrative Officer
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Chief Compliance and Risk 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, Gaming Operations, ON
VP, Operations, CGC Division
Executive Director, Operations
Executive Director, VIP
Executive Director, Marketing Strategy and Loyalty, Western Canada
Executive Director, Slots and Loyalty Marketing, Ontario
Director, Organizational Development
Director, Sales & Group Operations
Director, Brand Marketing
Director, Public Relations
Kamlesh (Kam) Lal
Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Director, Site Marketing
Director, Security, Ontario
Director, Human Resources
Regional Director, Northern Ontario
Director, Labour Relations
Director, Government Relations
Director, Food and Beverage