Schnarr Named CEO For Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

Schnarr Named CEO For Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
By Mark Keast
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the provincial regulator overseeing Ontario online casino gaming – as well as the alcohol, horse racing and private cannabis retail sectors – has a new CEO and registrar.

The AGCO said in a release on Monday that Dr. Karin Schnarr will step into the role. Schnarr replaces the outgoing CEO, Tom Mungham. She will start in her new role on Sept. 18.

Dr. Karin Schnarr Background

Schnarr is an associate professor, strategic management, at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, which has three campuses in Ontario. There she has been director of MBA and BBA programs as well as sitting on the university’s board of governors and senate.

Schnarr has also served in numerous roles in the provincial government, including as chief of staff to ministers in multiple portfolios, where she guided the development of public policy and legislation.

Busy Time For AGCO

The AGCO has had an active year on the iGaming and Ontario sports betting front. The commission has continued to process applicants looking to join Ontario’s regulated market and managed situations like the suspension of wagering on the UFC, followed by its reinstatement. The AGCO has also levied various fines to operators for violating advertising and responsible gambling standards.

There also is the pending, potential changes to provincial advertising standards restricting athlete and celebrity participation in advertising.

In July, the AGCO appointed Dave Forestell to chair of the AGCO board of directors, after Lalit Aggarwal stepped down.

The AGCO said in March that Mungham was stepping down as CEO and registrar, announcing that he would stay in the position to help facilitate a smooth transition for his replacement.

Stay with for the latest on Toronto online casinos as well as updates about the industry as a whole.



Mark Keast has recently covered the sports betting industry in Canada for The Parleh, and is a long-time sportswriter and editor, most notably with the Toronto Sun.

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