2017 Conference

16th Annual Conference "Just Gambling? Ethical Challenges Pertaining to Gambling Provision, Policy and Research" took place April 6-8, 2017 @ The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada. Opening reception the evening of April 6, 2017.

Conference 2017 Theme: "Just Gambling? Ethical Challenges Pertaining to Gambling Provision, Policy and Research"

The theme of this conference links gambling to questions of justice and integrity. Such questions have been posed with increasing urgency by scholars in the social sciences and humanities in recent years. Despite the widespread distribution of gambling opportunities in Canada, ethical debates concerning gambling policy and regulation continue to appear in news headlines. For example, the Ontario government recently withdrew its plan to sell its lottery business to private interests; the government of Newfoundland and Labrador again refused to allow casino gambling in the province; the Canadian Parliament voted against amending the Criminal Code to permit single event sports betting; and there has been a serious pushback by citizens and municipalities to Ontario’s ‘Gambling Modernization Plan.’ Meanwhile, major new gambling facilities are under development (e.g., a racino in Edmonton with 1,100 slots and new casinos in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan and North Bay, Ontario).  This ebb and flow of gambling activity highlights deeper philosophical questions concerning where to draw the line between what is acceptable and unacceptable. It also raises issues related to civil liberties, individual and sovereign nation rights and governments’ appropriate use of power.

Conference 2017 Learning Objectives

This conference aims to apply critical thought to current gambling practices and “hot button issues” in the provision of commercial gambling. Participants will learn about efforts to promote gambling administration that aligns with principles of honesty, integrity, social responsibility and advancing the common good.  They will also hear about the numerous strategies being used to ensure that the delivery of commercial gambling is safer, fairer and aligned with the public good.

Call for Conference 2017 Poster Session Submissions

Poster presentation sessions will be held during the conference. Researchers should email a 150-200 word abstract to Dr. Garry Smith (garry.j.smith@ualberta.ca). Abstracts should include: title of research, names of author(s) with the presenting author underlined, author affiliation, and contact information. The submission can address any area of gambling research. A best poster award will be adjudicated and presented during the closing session. Submission deadline is Friday, January 13, 2017 (with peer review process and decision notifications by Monday, January 30, 2017). All presenters must register for the conference. Note: Maximum poster dimensions = 6 feet (wide) x 4 feet (high).