Stephen Rigby took over as the new president and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) on January 5. He faces a daunting task.
Awaiting Rigby is what MPP Catherine Fife says is “one huge mess at the OLG” that “pivots back to the liberal government. They are looking for revenue in all the wrong places,” she told the Toronto Sun.
Fife says the OLG needs a lot of help with its efforts to generate more government revenue through online gambling while also handling “scathing criticisms” of its “modernization plans,” the Sun reported.
Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk recently called the OLG’s modernization attempts “overly ambitious” and claimed it overestimated potential revenues.
Rigby is a former national security adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, was an associate minister of the foreign affairs department and headed Canada Border Services.
As head of the OLG, Rigby will be in charge of 7,000 employees. “I will be focused on helping to ensure the OLG is offering its customers the best possible lottery and gaming entertainment experience for the benefit of the people and the province of Ontario,” Rigby stated in a news release.