Board of Directors
RICHARD M. WEIL CEO, President, Director, and Chairman
Mr. Weil brings to INNOVA more than 20 years of experience in the lottery/gaming and interactive industries. In his most recent position as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Scientific Games Corporation, he assisted in the US$1.5 billion acquisition of WMS, one of the world’s leading gaming companies. In 2010, after serving several years as a gaming business consultant, Mr. Weil launched, and until 2013 served as CEO of, Sciplay™ (a Scientific Games company), a business focused on providing interactive solutions to regulated operators, such as lotteries. Prior to Sciplay™, Mr. Weil was President of FUN Technologies Inc., an online social and sports gaming company then listed on the TSX. During his three-year tenure he contributed to the raising of significant capital to fund the acquisition of eight companies, oversaw the management of these business units and, in March 2006, assisted in the sale of 51% of FUN Technologies to Liberty Media Corp. Prior to joining FUN Technologies in 2004, Mr. Weil was the Corporate Vice President of International Business Development for Scientific Games (formerly known as Autotote Corporation). During his time with the Company, he collaborated on the acquisitions of Scientific Games, MDI, and IGT On-line Systems, and contributed to major international growth and business development. Before working at Autotote, Mr. Weil was a senior management consultant at Monitor Company, a top-ten strategic planning and corporate development firm and served as a director of Mood Media Corporation, a TSX listed issuer. Mr. Weil holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Ryerson University in Toronto and an M.B.A. from New York University Stern School of Business. He has been featured in EGR Magazine and as a speaker at various international gaming conferences, including the Global iGaming Summit & Expo (GIGSE), and the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries Conference (NASPL).
DR. AUBREY ZIDENBERG
Dr. Zidenberg is a gaming industry specialist with more than 40 years of experience in the development, implementation and operation of international gaming, tourism and entertainment projects. The current president and CEO of Casino Amusements Canada, which offers commercial gaming industry experience to both the private sector and governments, he is also a member of the Board of Directors of Amaya Inc., the owner of PokerStars. Dr. Zidenberg has worked internationally with companies such as Penn National Gaming, The Bahamas Amusement Corporation, Summa Corporation, Resorts International, Trump Organization, Playboy Casinos, Carnival Hotels & Casinos, Harrah’s and Hard Rock International. A noted community leader, Dr. Zidenberg has received numerous academic, civic and human rights awards, most recently the 2014 Award for Civic Leadership from the Regional Municipality of York – Police Services Board. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada for more than 20 years, and has served on the York Regional Police Advisory Board for the Community Safety Village and the Toronto Police Service’s – Standing Committee on Education and Training. Dr. Zidenberg received a B.A. from York University in 1975.
DR. EDWARD STANEK
Dr. Stanek spent 22 years as a U.S. state lottery CEO for the Iowa Lottery Authority, and subsequently worked for seven years as a consultant to major corporations in the lottery supplier and financial investment industries. He specialized in advising on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and the monetization of intellectual property. In recent years he has been awarded seven technology-related lottery patents and has multiple patents pending in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Stanek served for more than 20 years on the boards of equity and fixed income mutual funds. He is the co-inventor of Powerball, one of the world’s most successful big jackpot lottery games, and was a founder of its administering organization, the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). Dr. Stanek has served as president of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, president of the International Association of State Lotteries, and Senior Vice President of the World Lottery Association. He received the World Lottery Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, and has been named a member of the Public Gaming Research Institute’s Lottery Hall of Fame. Dr. Stanek has a Ph.D. in Physics from Iowa State University and has served on dozens of community, state, and national boards and chaired many of them. He has also authored numerous journal articles and several books.
MR. PAUL VAN EYK
Mr. van Eyk has been involved for over 15 years in financial advisory services for domestic and international clients. He is a specialist in financial advisory services, including mergers and acquisitions, crisis management, turnaround consulting and investigative and forensic accounting. He has been involved in a number of engagements across a variety of industries, including gaming companies, casinos and lotteries and financial services. Mr. van Eyk is very active in the Canadian gaming industry, having advised provincial regulators, private and public companies and private equity groups in respect of gaming transactions, regulatory reviews and risk based due diligence reviews. He is a frequent speaker at gaming events/conferences, including being a past speaker at the annual Canadian National Gaming Conferences. Mr. van Eyk has advised board of directors and special committee of boards on high-profile matters and he has served as an expert witness in both Canadian and U.S. restructuring proceedings. Mr. van Eyk joined Richter LLP as a Partner for their Toronto Advisory and Consulting practice. The Advisory & Consulting Practice supports clients with a variety of specialized services, from valuation and litigation expert witness reports to restructuring, crisis/risk management, mergers and acquisitions, financing, performance improvement, cost reduction and change management. Prior to joining Richter, he was a partner with two of the world’s largest accounting and professional services firms with responsibilities as Lead Global Relationship Partner for a large Canadian bank and co-leading the National Gaming Practice. He is currently a member of the Canadian Instituter of Chartered Accountants (CICA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, the Canadian Association of Investigative & Forensic Accountants (IFA) and the Canadian Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP). Mr. van Eyk obtained his Bachelors of Commerce, Accounting from Queen’s University in 1998, his Chartered Professional Accountant / Chartered Accountant designation in 2001, a diploma in Investigative & Forensic Accounting from the University of Toronto in 2004, a gold medal in the National Restructuring Exam (J.L. Biddell Award) in 2005 and became a fellow of INSOL in 2009.