Ottawa Chapter Events

MRIA Ottawa Networking Event

Cast Your Bet On Research

Come and take part in the MRIA Ottawa Board Casino Night! Network with friends and colleagues while you enjoy appetizers and a complimentary beverage at the historic Heart and Crown in the middle of the Byward Market.  You can even try your hand at our "fun money" casino with prizes awarded for the biggest card sharks of the night! As well, the MRIA Ottawa Board has brought together an esteemed group of speakers for an interactive and dynamic panel discussion on the lottery, gaming and casino industry. Ever wanted to know more about the scratch tickets you buy, the slot machines you play or what kind of research goes into making a casino successful? This panel will cover that and more. 

5:00-5:30 - Arrive, drink, eat and mingle
5:30-7:00 - Panel discussion begins (need to be quiet)
7:00-8:00 - Networking/gaming event - Eat drink and gamble "fun" money
10:00 - Lights go down and band starts to play

Spaces are limited and Early Bird pricing ends April 30th.

Hope to see you there!


Richard Leigh-Bennett, MBA, MHK, CMRP

Richard Leigh-Bennett spent many years as a market researcher producing insights for the lottery and gaming sector.  He worked with the OLG, Canadian Bank Note, and GTech (now IGT) and all the other lottery corporations in Canada.  Part of his lottery legacy is that he created three of the current OLG tracking studies for their lottery, gaming and Internet gambling businesses, developed the first ever OLG lottery segmentation study, and crafted a methodology used to forecast revenues and profits for national online lottery games that has been used by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation for the past 10 years.  

Richard was one of the first group of four research professionals in Canada to write the CMRP exam and earn the CMRP designation and he was an owner of one of the last great Canadian national market research firms: Decima Research. 

He is a passionate believer in entrepreneurship and that is why he left his Senior Vice President role at Harris/Decima and started his own research company, capR Advisory. He is grateful to work in such a fascinating and dynamic industry which has been his passion for over 30 years.  His newest research creation is an online tracking study of Internet gamblers for the OLG but, he also get to teach some of the brightest students at Algonquin College who are the future of this business. 

Jeff Corcoran, Executive Director, Marketing Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

Jeff Corcoran is Executive Director, Marketing at OLG, and is responsible for, OLG marketing communications, consumer research, brand reputation, and oversees OLG’s sponsorship and events programs. In his 10 years at OLG, Jeff has had progressive roles in Market Research, Strategy and Business Planning. Prior to that, he held senior management roles at FedEx and Coca-Cola. Jeff holds a BA in Political Science from Dalhousie University, and an MBA from the Sobey School of Business.

Peter Fallis, Vice-President, Lotteries 

With over 35 years of experience in the public gaming and lottery industry, Peter has worked with lottery agencies and companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin. Peter is widely recognized for the development of lottery game products, lottery marketing and lottery management and operations. Peter has provided consulting services to the lottery industry for the past four years and formed win2 solutions inc., a lottery services consulting company. Peter now works exclusively with the lottery division of CBN providing lottery game product, marketing and operations support to the various jurisdictions operated and supported by the company. Peter worked for GTECH Corporation in a variety of capacities from the company’s beginning, contributing to the company’s growth into the leading supplier of on-line lottery systems, terminals and services in the world. Peter managed the implementations for some of the company’s largest and smallest customers, started and organized the company’s marketing department and initiated the company’s marketing communications program. Over the past 10 years Peter has specialized in the design and development of lottery game product portfolios for relatively small jurisdictions, notably Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, both of which rank high in online per capita lottery sales. Peter holds a BS Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Danielle Carol Wilson, CRMP, Director of Product Research and Analytics, IGT 

Danielle Carol Wilson, CRMP, is the Director of Product Research and Analytics for IGT, an international gaming manufacturer. IGT is the leader in casino slot games worldwide with 11,000 employees worldwide and a major supplier for lotteries and online gaming applications. In her role at IGT, Carol oversees all product testing worldwide as well as customer satisfaction and brand equity studies. Before joining IGT five years ago, Carol was a research supplier specializing in gaming and advanced analytics at Corporate Research Associates. 

Carol holds a B.A. in Psychology from Mount Allison and a MSc. in Psychology from McMaster University. 


Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Time: 5-8 pm 
Location: Heart and Crown – Market Location, 67 Clearance Street


Members can invite one non-member guest at the member’s rate; please use Promo Code: OTTGUEST at the time you register, and provide your guest’s name in the comments field on the final screen of the registration process.

  • Early bird registration through MRIA Portal before end of day Saturday April 30, 2016:

    • Members: $30

    • Students: $20

    • Non-members: $35

  • Late registration through MRIA Portal closes end of day Wednesday, May 4th

    • Members: $35

    • Students: $25

    • Non-members: $40



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