Clarence Chan has worked for 15 years in the field of problem gambling in Richmond, B.C. He is currently working as Youth and Family Counsellor with Richmond Addiction Services. He is certified as a gambling counsellor under the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board. Clarence has received both his Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honors), and Master of Social Sciences (Criminology) at the University of Hong Kong. He has worked in various departments for the Social Welfare Department Hong Kong Government.
Peter has worked in the Addiction field for the past twenty years, the last 17 years with Problem Gambling. His background includes addiction counselling and adult education and works as a therapist and education specialist with the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario (PGIO) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He has taught “Treatment and Relapse Prevention in Problem Gambling” for five years at Georgian College, Orillia campus in their Addiction: Treatment and Prevention post-graduate diploma program. He is a member of the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board. Peter is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His interest and passion includes the integration of Mindfulness Meditation and clinical practice and leads Mindfulness Groups at PGIO. He has taught and practiced the martial arts for the past twenty years.
Jim Milligan holds a M.A. in Adult Education an M. Ed. in Counselling Psychology, both from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in the University of Toronto. He is the former General Manager, Diversity and Social Inclusion at the YMCA of Greater Toronto, and the former Manager of The Donwood Institute Problem Gambling program, the YMCA YSAP program, and the YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program. His involvement in the gambling field began in 1994. Jim has also taught in the addictions program of George Brown College and Centennial College in Toronto, and in the Georgian College Addictions; Treatment and Prevention Program in Orillia. Based in a strong belief in the principles of lifelong learning, Jim has been a supporter of the education and certification principles of the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board since its inception.
Don worked as a prevention education consultant for the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba from 1981 - 2010; full time in the problem gambling area since 1993. He facilitated many problem gambling counsellor training programs in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, British Columbia, and Newfoundland. Don also pioneered the first Responsible Gambling Information Centre (RGIC) in the McPhillip’s St. Station casino in Winnipeg – a centre that has been copied by numerous Canadian casinos since. Don was also instrumental in staff training for the new RGIC’s in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. Don has also been a conference presenter at various national and international problem gambling conferences. Since retiring in 2010, Don has been doing private consulting, casino staff training, and program development in responsible gambling.
Shawn Rumble (B.A., B.Ed., M.E.S., CPGC, C.C.A.C.) is a Program Coordinator at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare in Windsor, Ontario for the Problem Gambling Services and Withdrawal Management Services Programs. He is a Certified Problem Gambling Counsellor, Certified Addiction Counsellor, and Associate Member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Shawn specializes in training, program development, and building collaborative partnerships. He has been instrumental in the creation of PGIO/CAMH’s Soul Crush Story as well as the companion Facilitator’s Manual, Ontario’s first Residential Treatment Program for internet and Video Game Dependencies, and Canada’s first Residential Family/Friend Treatment Program to support those affected by Gambling, Gaming or Internet Dependency.
Nick Rupcich is a certified Gambling Counsellor through the American Certification Board in the state of New Jersey as well as in Canada. His educational and clinical training was done at Belmont Centre for Comprehensive Treatment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nick has participated in many research studies and facilitated training seminars and conference presentations in Canada and the United States. He has authored a number of peer reviewed research articles. Following years of program development and managing the largest problem gambling treatment centre in Canada, Nick now spends his time with volunteer work as well as occasional problem gambling consulting.
Patricia Sinclair is a CCPG Counsellor and has recently established PS Stop Gambling Counselling Services. She has been involved in social justice issues in her home province of Saskatchewan through her work in corrections, mental health, addictions, problem gambling and adult education. Having worked with hundreds of Problem Gamblers and their families Patricia acknowledges their needs and so continues to advocate for propriety related to gambling.
Sheila Toderian is a Registered Social Worker and a Canadian Problem Gambling Certified Counselor with Addictions Services Kenora Gambling Program. Sheila has been in the lead position of designing and developing the Gambling Program in Kenora since 1998. She is responsible for community development and awareness projects, and for providing clinical services to adults in the Gambling Program. She also provides group treatment in partnership with other children’s and adult mental health programs in Kenora. She presently specializes in dealing with concurrent issues and couples counseling. Sheila has been involved in 2 OPGRC funded research projects: (1) “Northwestern Ontario’s Women’s Experiences of Gambling and Problem Gambling” (2001-2002), Principal Investigator Ruth E. Berry Ph.D. and Research Associate Cheryl Fraehlich MSc., from the University of Manitoba (and Sheila co-authored with the other members of the research team a workbook for women based on the results from the study “Women and Gambling-A Resource Book”); (2) Sheila took part in the first Congruence Couple Therapy training research funded by the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre research award in the project “Training Counsellors in Congruence Couple Therapy: A Controlled Evaluation Study” (2004-2006). Sheila further participated in series of Congruence Couple Therapy teleconferences with Dr. Lee as the Consultant as a follow up to the initial research study. Sheila also co-authored with Evelyn Bakich, from the sister Margaret Smith Centre and Deb Kostyk from the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, “Gambling Scramble-A Collection of Gambling Awareness Games”, copyright 2003.
John Quint is a Certified Professional Accountant who recently retired after 26 years of employment with Windsor Regional Hospital. As Director of Financial Services, he was responsible for corporate financial reporting and the organization of all corporate accounting functions. He graduated from St. Clair College with a Diploma in Business Administration and from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Commerce. Accepted as a member of the Certified General Accountants Association of Ontario in 1985, he has been employed in several finance related positions in varied organizations and industries. Committed to lifelong learning, John has participated in numerous management, leadership and skill improvement training sessions and seminars. His community involvement has included volunteering and service as a General and Executive Member of the Board of Directors on several non-profit agencies.
Noel Hughes is a Gambling Information Specialist, Certified by the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board. Noel has worked inside British Columbia Casinos from 1997 to 2008 in Security. Noel has been experienced working with the Voluntary Self exclusion program since its inception. From 2008 to present Noel has been contracted through BC’s Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch and overseen by British Columbia Lottery Corporation as a Game sense Advisor (GSA). Noel’s relevant training has come from the BC Responsible and Problem gambling program and British Columbia Lottery Corporation.