2016 Excellence in Gaming Regulation Award Winner
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2016 Award Winner Announced

Join us in congratulating Simone Syrenne.

During the 32nd Annual Training & Education Conference at the Hilton Quebec, NAGRA awarded the Excellence in Gaming Regulation Award to Simone Syrenne from the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba. NAGRA congratulates Ms. Syrenne on being selected as the recipient for this prestigious award, and thanks her for her contributions to the gaming regulation industry.
Honesty, integrity, responsibility, accountability, and fairness are the five words which guide a regulator. They are also the five best words that can be used to describe the character and ethics of Simone Syrenne. She has steadfastly maintained these values since she began her career in the gaming industry 40 years ago. There are really only two reasons Syrenne deserves the Excellence in Gaming Regulation Award; first is her service to the gaming regulatory industry, and second is her service to the association of gaming regulatory agencies.

IAGR Vice President, Dale Fuga (left) and NAGRA President, Lisa Christiansen (right)
present Simone Syrenne (center) with the Excellence in Gaming Regulation Award at
the 2016 Annual Training & Education Conference

Syrenne began her career in the gaming industry very early in life. Forty years ago, in May, 1976, Simone began as a receptionist with the Western Lotteries Manitoba Distributor (WLMD) – the distributor of government lottery tickets in the province. In 1984 she transferred to the newly created Manitoba Lotteries Foundation (MLF) becoming a Licensing Officer in July, 1992. Simone moved to the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission (MGCC) when it was created in 1997 and was appointed the Licensing Manager for the MGCC in 2000. As a result of her experience as a Licensing Officer, and sensing that departmental efficiency could be achieved through the delegation of authority. Simone began a series of process reviews which resulted in more authority being given to subordinate staff which had the direct result of improving customer/client service, building relationships, adding value to front-line positions and improving processing times.

A champion for the use of technology to assist with customer/client service and further improve processes, Simone was instrumental in guiding the development of the Regulatory Management System (RMS), the MGCC’s internally developed licensing and compliance information system. Simone is also a great believer in staff development and training. Simone has a good understanding of the non-profit and charitable sectors. Her expertise was utilized as she chaired a multitude of internal committees to create and review regulatory policies, made recommendations for changes to legislation, regulation, and terms and conditions. She has participated in various business reviews of her department and, as a result of her global interests, continues to implement best practices in her department to stay topical, relevant, and responsive to changes in industry.


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