A leading authority in compliance and gaming will share her experience and knowledge at the 33rd National Conference on Gambling Addiction and Responsible Gambling. Under the theme, “Educate. Innovate. Engage,” Cheryl Bazard, Principal of Bazard and Co., will be among the national, regional and international experts presenting at the premier educational forum and networking event for problem gambling and responsible gambling professionals in the United States. Held July 19–20, in Denver, Colorado, the event is expected to welcome over 600 professionals in gaming prevention, education, treatment, research and regulation, as well as members of the recovery community. Event organizer, The National Council on Problem Gambling, does not take a position for or against legalized gambling.
The body advocates solely for those affected by problem gambling.An outside voice among a variety of speakers, Mrs Bazard will take to the stage during a mid-morning break-out session titled, “Gaming & Responsible Gambling in The Caribbean.” Kleo Papas of GovRisk London, England; Gino Campbell CEO of Curacao’s Stichting Gaming Control Board and Alan Pedley of Governance Associates in Australia will join her. Mrs Bazard will provide a general overview of casino gambling and gaming in The Bahamas to attendees unfamiliar with this nation’s history. The former Senator will also speak to the 2014 legislative changes which brought web shop gaming into a regulated sector. “Given the possibility of addiction in gambling, I will also speak to the provisions outlined in the legislation as well as the efforts made by private and governmental entities to ensure that the necessary assistance and expertise is available to those plagued with addictions,” said the attorney whose Mount Royal Avenue law firm specializes in compliance and anti-money laundering issues.
At the conference, numerous hot topics including responsible gambling regulation, military and gambling, prevention, treatment and recovery and community will also be discussed. “I’m intrigued by the spirit of the conference. I’m hoping to hear new information from recognized experts as well as up and comers. Learning from the experiences of others might ultimately prove useful to The Bahamas as we navigate our fast-growing, dynamic, gaming landscape,” said Mrs Bazard who is believed to be the first Bahamian to complete the Specialist Certificate in Money Laundering Risk in Betting and Gaming course from the London-based International Compliance Association (ICA). “It is a pleasure to have been asked to provide genuine insight about the gaming environment in The Bahamas to such a diverse and distinguished gathering. It speaks to the high-level of interest in the jurisdiction. I am excited to share.” A much sought-after speaker, Mrs. Bazard has presented at the Dutch Caribbean Anti-Money Laundering and Gaming Regulation Forum in St. Maarten, the Compliance Aid conference in Miami, Florida as well as the Jamaican Institute of Financial Services Anti-Money Laundering (AML)/Counter Terrorism Financing (CFT) Conference and at BACO’s sponsored seminars. Mrs.
Bazard is the founder and president of the Bahama Association of Compliance Officers (BACO). Since 1999, the body has helped safeguard the financial services sector’s reputation by enhancing members’ knowledge and skill in regulatory compliance, risk assessment and financial crime prevention. A 2003 recipient of the Bahamas Financial Services Board’s (BFSB) Professional Excellence Award, Mrs Bazard has served on the Bahamas Bar Association’s Ethics Committee as well as the Securities Commission’s Disciplinary Committee. She is a former chairman of the Port Authority as well as the Consumer Protection Boardand Deputy Chairman of the Public Defenders Committee.