Who We Are2020-01-29T12:36:21+00:00

Who We Are

About Us

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“GCEL”) is one of the largest and most diversified gaming and entertainment companies in Canada with 25 gaming properties in British Columbia and Ontario and two additional properties in Edmonton, Alberta. Across its entire portfolio, Gateway currently employs over 8,200 people and features approximately 423 table games (including 48 poker tables), 14,076 slots, 82 food and beverage outlets and 561 hotel rooms. A multi-pronged growth strategy has seen GCEL diversify and expand its product offering, including developing proprietary casino and restaurant brands, dramatically improving the gaming customer experience while attracting new customers. Some of GCEL’s proprietary brands include Match Eatery & Public House, Atlas Steak + Fish and the new Halley’s Club.  In 2017, GCEL celebrated 25 years in the business of gaming and entertainment in Canada.

We know that 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 the communities where we operate.

Additional information is available at www.gatewaycasinos.com.

About Catalyst Capital Group Inc.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited is currently majority owned by 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 more than 25 Successful Years in the Canadian Gaming Industry

2019

In December, Gateway announced that they had reached an agreement with Leisure Acquisition Corp. (“Leisure”).  Leisure will merge into a wholly-owned subsidiary of GTWY in a transaction with a pro forma enterprise valuation of approximately US$1.115 billion (C$1.463 billion).  Upon completion of this transaction, Gateway will be a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.

On September 27, Grand Villa Burnaby unveiled its brand-new Pulse Arena, an innovative, immersive, multi-sensory gaming space that is the first of its kind in B.C. This completes a spectacular renovation that included an expansion and refresh of the gaming floor with new slots, VIP and poker rooms, the addition Atlas Steak + Fish, Chow Lucky Noodle Bar, and Villa Bistro. As well as, a complete refresh of 189 hotel rooms and convention public spaces at The Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Centre.

On August 1, Atlas Steak + Fish opened at Cascades Casino Resort in Langley City.  The signature restaurant opening marks the completion of a spectacular multi-phased renovation and expansion of the property.  The entire project was completed over two phases and featured the addition of 11,000 sq.ft of entertainment space with a full refresh of the gaming floor, a new bingo hall, the addition of the Summit Bar + Gaming Lounge, and the full refurbishment of the Coast Hotel Conference Centre, hotel rooms and public spaces.

On August 8, Cascades Casino Chatham officially opened its doors. The brand-new casino, the first Cascades in Ontario and the first “from the ground up” build for Gateway, features 300 slots and 10 table games as well as Gateway’s signature restaurant brands, MATCH Eatery & Public House and The Buffet.

In August, Gateway announced that they had signed an agreement to become the official casino partner of the NFL in Canada and Gateway’s signature MATCH Eatery & Public House will be the exclusive presenting sponsor of the NFL Fantasy App.

In May, Gateway held a ground-breaking ceremony to officially unveil plans for the construction of the new Cascades Casino North Bay.  The proposed new casino, spanning over 39,000 square feet, will feature 300 slots and 8 live table games.

On April 11, the spectacularly transformed Playtime Casino Hanover opened its doors. This is the first Playtime Casino in Ontario and features 300 slots and 8 live table games. It is home to Gateway’s signature restaurant brands MATCH Eatery & Public House and The Buffet, as well as the introduction of the new Arcade Bar.

In March, Gateway acquired Chances Signal Point in Williams Lake. This acquisition saw Gateway expand their footprint into the Cariboo region of the Central Interior of British Columbia.

On February 28, Gateway unveiled the newly expanded gaming floor at Gateway Casinos Innisfil with 26 new live table games.

In January, Gateway acquired Chances Casino Kamloops. The acquisition makes Gateway the sole gaming provider in Kamloops, as the operator of both Cascades Casino Kamloops and Chances Kamloops.

2018

On November 28, the brand-new Starlight Casino Point Edward officially opened.  This is the first Starlight brand to open in Ontario and follows on a spectacular renovation that was announced in June 2017.

On September 26, Gateway celebrated the grand opening of the spectacularly transformed Palace Casino to Starlight Casino Edmonton.  Located in West Edmonton Mall, Gateway’s latest development includes 120,000 sq. ft of entertainment and gaming space and features their latest brand creation, Halley’s Club – a dining and entertainment experience where the nostalgic supper club and showcase theater, mingle with classic cabaret concepts of vintage eras.

In July, Gateway continued its Ontario expansion as they took over the day-to –day operations of The Central Bundle that includes Casino Rama Resort, OLG Slots at Georgian Downs in Innisfil and a planned new casino in the Wasaga Beach/Collingwood area.

In June, Gateway’s North Island locations in Courtenay and Campbell River opened the doors to MATCH Eatery & Public House after spectacular renovations at each property.

In May, Gateway took a significant step towards bringing a premier gaming and entertainment destination to Delta as it’s proposed Cascades Casino project was passed at a special council meeting and earned support from the Delta City Council.

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.

On March 1, Gateway officially launched Playtime Casino Kelowna. This is the first location of Gateway’s new signature casino brand – Playtime Casino.

2017

In October, Gateway celebrated 25 years in the business of entertainment. Gateway celebrated its silver anniversary with customers, communities and employees throughout the month, 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.

In May, 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).

2016

On September 5, the new Grand Villa Casino Edmonton officially opened its doors. 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.

2015

In December, Gateway Casinos acquires Playtime Gaming. The acquisition of the six (6) Playtime locations in Abbotsford, Langley, Penticton, Courtenay, Campbell River and Victoria.

On August 19, Gateway opened the new Cascades Casino 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.

2014

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.

2011

In 2011, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited purchased three existing Community Gaming Centres located in Squamish, Mission and the Newton Surrey area.

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.

2005

In 2005, Cascades Casino opened 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.

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.

1999

In November, Gateway acquired Palace Casino in Edmonton, Alberta where an extensive renovation which more than doubled the size of the facility, was substantially completed in October 2001.

1996

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.

In January, Gateway Casinos relocated its operation in New Westminster from the top floor to expanded premises within the hotel.

1994

In June, Gateway relocated 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 March, 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.

1992

Starting in 1992, Gateway Casinos has provided operational services for casinos in the Greater Vancouver Regional District of British Columbia. In April, 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.

The Executive Team

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Anthony Santo
President and Chief Executive Officer
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Carrie Kormos
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
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Tolek Strukoff
Chief Legal and Administrative Officer
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Terry McInally
Chief Compliance / Risk Officer and Chief Information Officer
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Robert Ward
Chief Operations Officer
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Queenie Wong
Chief Accounting Officer
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Jagtar Nijjar
Executive VP, Development & Construction
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Scott Phillips
Senior VP, Human Resources
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Hargo Roopra
Senior VP, Operations and Marketing Analytics
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Jamie Papp
Senior VP, Casino Operations
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Michael Snider
Senior VP, Legal Affairs