Successor Named For Loto-Quebec’s Roiter

By Ben Hamill - April 18 2021
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Successor Named For Loto-Quebec’s Roiter

Loto-Québec President and CEO Lynne Roiter will this June step down after 35 years of service to the Crown Corporation. The first woman appointed to the role of President and CEO in the history of the regulator’s existence, Roiter’s upcoming departure will create significant shoes remaining to be filled by her successor.

Due for retirement in June this year, Roiter started out as Director of Legal Affairs at the Crown corporation before moving on first to the position of General Secretary, and thereafter stepping into the role of Vice President of Loto-Québec’s Legal Department.

Known throughout the corporation as the pillar of Loto-Québec, Roiter had performed a remarkable task leading the regulator through many a challenge during her term in the office of President and CEO, said Finance Minister Eric Girard earlier this week. Roiter took over from Simon Patenaude, who sadly passed away of cardio-related complications in October 2016. He was just 58.  

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Jean-Francois Bergeron To Succeed

Upon Roiter’s departure, she will reportedly receive not only a retirement bonus, but also around CA$430,000 by way of a severance pay-out. Following her four-year-long term in office at the helm of the Crown corporation, she’ll receive a retirement package to a similar value as any other full-time senior official in the service of the Canadian government.

As for the departing president and CEO’s successor, Loto-Québec has now confirmed that a replacement has been named in Jean-Francois Bergeron. Having spent the past two years as CEO of Societe Quebecoise du Cannabis, Bergeron is considered a great fit for his new position with the gaming regulator. That he’ll have his work cut out for him is no secret, as he’ll be navigating the regulator through what must be one of the most volatile periods in its history because of the global health crisis and resulting financial and other challenges.

Bergeron The Perfect Replacement

According to Loto-Quebec president of the board, Helene Fortin, it would be difficult to find anyone more capable of taking over the regulator’s reigns than Bergeron, who Fortin has described as the perfect candidate for leading the corporation forward.

The regulator in October last year announced that owing to the ongoing global crisis, it had seen its revenue drop to only a quarter of what it had been before. Bergeron will be tasked with navigating the regulator out of very troubled waters indeed.

The regulator in the meantime continues its drive against illegal activities within Quebec’s casino industry. Loto-Quebec earlier this month said it will soon roll out an all-new strategy for combatting money laundering in the province.

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