BURNABY, British Columbia – June 19, 2019 – Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“Gateway”), is proud to announce that two of its leaders from Casino Rama Resort have been honoured with awards at the tenth annual First Nation Canadian Gaming Awards held this week during the 2019 Canadian Gaming Summit in Edmonton, Alberta.

Lise Kwekkeboom, Director, Marketing Services was awarded the Gaming Leadership Award for her exceptional leadership and demonstrated success in developing and leading her team in meeting operational goals throughout the organization.

Lise has been a member of the Casino Rama Resort team for fifteen years.  Since joining, she has played a pivotal role in the operations successful marketing and entertainment initiatives. Lise is described as a natural leader, who consistently communicates efficiently and effectively to her peers and staff to ensure projects are completed on-time, on budget and are exceeding operational goals.  Always a champion for Casino Rama Resort, Lise exemplifies her team work approach in everything she does.  She is committed to building relationships with both customers and staff and has played an important role in leveraging Casino Rama Resort’s talent to support global initiatives since the operations joined the Gateway family of casinos in 2018.

Robert Commanda, Lead Gaming Technician was awarded with the Gaming Employee of the Year Award for his outstanding service and teamwork to the gaming industry.

Robert has worked at Casino Rama Resort for more than 18 years. Bob is a technician that knows all there is to know about slot machines.  He is a firm believer in “when you know how and understand why, you can repair anything.” And he does.  He takes great pride in his work and communicates well with his team to ensure the entire gaming floor is running smoothly, efficiently and with minimal disruption to the guests.  Bob is an innovator that takes it upon himself to develop new systems and programs to boost productivity and meet the needs and demands of a growing industry.

“On behalf of our more than 8,600 team members, I want to wish Lise and Robert congratulations on your awards. Everyone at Gateway Casinos is extremely proud of you.  It is because of employees like them and their commitment to their work that our company is one of the leaders in the gaming industry,” said Tony Santo, CEO, Gateway Casinos.   

“Congratulations to Lise and Robert, these awards are well deserved and represent the recognition of their hard work, leadership and dedication in the industry and by their peers. Their commitment to going above and beyond for their team and for our patrons is what makes Casino Rama Resort one of the best entertainment destinations in Ontario,” said Glenn Trickey, VP, Gaming Operations at Casino Rama Resort

The awards were handed out as part of the 2019 Canadian Gaming Industry Awards that each year celebrates the achievements of leaders in the gaming industry.

Media Contact:

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment:

Tanya Gabara

Director, Public Relations



About Gateway Casinos & Entertainment

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“Gateway”) is one of the largest and most diversified gaming and entertainment companies in Canada. Across its 27 gaming properties in British Columbia, Ontario and Edmonton, Alberta, Gateway currently employs approximately 8,648 people and boasts approximately 448 table games (including 49 poker tables), 13,887 slots, 85 restaurants and bars and 561 hotel rooms. Gateway is the service provider for the Central, Southwest and North gaming Bundles in Ontario, which includes 11 properties in their portfolio. A multi-pronged growth strategy has seen Gateway 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 Gateway’s proprietary brands include 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. Further information is available at www.gatewaycasinos.com.