The symposium took place on April 24 & 25, 2019 at The Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Led by Professor Richard McLaren, O.C., CEO of McLaren Global Sport Solutions Inc. (MGSS), and moderated by Declan Hill, investigative journalist, academic, and international expert on match manipulation in sport, the symposium was organized by three themes. There was a keynote speaker for each theme, followed by additional presentations, panel discussions, small group discussions and plenary sessions.


Day 1: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 13:00-17:30
            Cocktail Reception 17:30-19:30

Session 1 – Exploring the Issues



Symposium Overview

Jeremy Luke, Senior Director, Sport Integrity, CCES


Richard McLaren,

Paul Melia,
President and CEO, CCES

Match manipulation and the growing danger to sport’s integrity: An overview of the phenomenon of match manipulation and its connection to globalized sports betting, organized crime and corruption.

Declan Hill, Investigative Journalist (Moderator)

The current state of gambling in sport: An overview of the prevalence, challenges, risks and opportunities associated with sports betting in Canada and abroad.

Paul Burns, President and CEO, Canadian Gaming Association

The Canadian sports betting and integrity landscape: A presentation of Sportradar’s research and analysis on sports betting in Canada, as well as drawing on their global experience detecting and preventing match manipulation and thoughts on what protection measures sports in Canada need to have in place.

Andy Cunningham, Director Global Strategy Integrity Services, Sportradar

An international perspective: Exploring the impact of match manipulation on the integrity of sport and state-of-the-art approaches to mitigating the issue.

Richard McLaren

Panel discussion with Session 1 speakers, followed by Q&A

Declan Hill, speakers

Cocktail reception

Day 2: Thursday, April 25, 2019 – 08:30-16:30

Session 2 – International Approaches and Best Practices

Opening address

Jeremy Luke, Declan Hill

The international federations’ response: An example of the way an international federation addresses integrity matters: the International Association of Athletics Federations’ Athletics Integrity Unit.

David Howman, CNZM, Chair of the Board, IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit

The international federations’ response: A comprehensive approach to dealing with the growing risk of match manipulation by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Ashley Ehlert, Legal Director, International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)

The professional sport perspective: An overview of the strategies and best practices from North American professional sports leagues.

Jeffrey Mishkin, Partner, Skadden, Arps

The European Convention – a Global Solution: An overview of the development and implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions as well as the Network of National Platforms.

Harri Syväsalmi, CEO, Syväsalmi Consulting

Panel discussion with Session 2 speakers, followed by Q&A

Declan Hill, speakers



Session 3 – Key Considerations in the Canadian Sport Landscape

Opening remarks

Jeremy Luke, Declan Hill

The legal landscape: Exploring the legality of sports gambling and match manipulation in Canada, including regulation and the consequences associated with engaging in unregulated forms of gambling.

Luisa Ritacca, Managing Partner, Stockwoods Barristers

AthletesCAN: Sharing the athlete perspective on the growing threat of match manipulation and gambling in amateur sport.

Ashley LaBrie, Executive Director, AthletesCAN

Match manipulation in Canadian sport: A national sport organization’s experience, its associated impact, and the organization’s response.

Earl Cochrane, Chief Strategy and Development Officer, Canada Soccer

An overview of Sport Canada’s perspective on the issue of match manipulation and gambling in sport in Canada.

Sport Canada

Panel discussion with Session 3 speakers, followed by Q&A

Declan Hill, speakers

Session 4 – The Way Forward

Panel discussion with select speakers: Strategies and a proposed Canadian model

Declan Hill, speakers

Closing remarks

Richard McLaren, Paul Melia


Presentations were given in English. Symposium materials were provided in English and French.

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