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Ontario’s gambling regulator has announced the appointment of its next permanent chief executive.

Dr Karin Schnarr will take over the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) from 18 September 2023 in the joint position of CEO and registrar.

Described as a “highly accomplished and performance-focused senior executive”, Schnarr boasts experience in all sectors, including public, private, academia and consulting.  

She currently serves as associate professor of strategic management at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she is also director of MBA and BBA programmes and a member of the university’s board of governors and senate.

Schnarr has previously held numerous senior roles in Ontario government, including as chief of staff to ministers in multiple portfolios.

More recently, she served as chair of the Ontario Government’s Task Force on Women and the Economy. Schnarr, who is a former board member at iGaming Ontario, also volunteers on the National Advocacy Committee for ALS Canada and was formerly on the board of the Kids Health Foundation.

Dr Schnarr received a PhD in Strategic Management (Corporate Governance) and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

She also holds a Master of Arts (English Literature) from Queen’s University, and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Waterloo.

Earlier this year, the regulator recruited an executive search firm to headhunt a new CEO following the retirement of long-serving CEO and registrar Tom Mungham.