Great Canadian Entertainment names Matthew Anfinson as new CEO

Matthew Anfinson has been named the new CEO of Great Canadian Entertainment, succeeding Anthony Rodio, the outgoing incumbent. He is promoted from the position of Chief Operating Officer. Great Canadian has used Rodio’s resignation to also appoint Jordan Banks as the company’s first CEO.

A welcome attitude and much appreciation for Rodio

Alex Van Hoek, CEO of Great Canadian and Partner at Apollo, added:

On behalf of the board, management team and team members of Great Canadian, we would like to thank Tony for his excellent leadership.

Alex van Hook

Van Hoek offered his compliments to Rodio, who has been instrumental in the company’s success in managing one of its most challenging times – the pandemic. He has helped put Great Canadian back on a path of recovery and growth despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Anfinson was similarly excited about the opportunity:

It is an enormous privilege to lead Great Canadian Entertainment, especially at this pivotal point in the company as we set a new industry standard for games and entertainment in Canada.

Great CEO of Canadian Gaming Matthew Anfinson

Rodio’s work at the helm is appreciated by the company’s guests and team members and will be appreciated for years to come, said Van Hoek, also taking the opportunity to welcome Anfinson:

We are also pleased to appoint Matthew as CEO, who we look forward to leading Great Canadian in its next chapter. Matthew is a North American leader in our industry with a deep understanding of the business.

Alex van Hook

Anfinson’s contributions are also important, the manager said, noting that he has been responsible for growing all of the company’s 25 properties. However, Anfinson’s experience is not limited to Great Canadian as he has held various similar positions throughout the gaming industry. He was SVP of Operations and Caesars Entertainment Corp in Las Vegas and held leadership positions at Harrah’s.

Anfinson is confident about the future and has already promised that Great Canadian will bring the best casino resorts to North America. Pickering Casino Resort and Casino Woodbine are currently under construction. Anfinson is similarly excited about the opportunity to drive more growth and work with local communities across the country.

“We remain focused on continually improving the overall guest experience, driving long-term growth and value for our stakeholders, and doing so in a socially responsible manner,” confirmed Anfinson.


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