Ottawa – March 14, 2024 - A new white paper from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and McLaren Global Sport Solutions (MGSS) builds on expert perspectives and experiences shared during two international symposiums hosted in Toronto, Canada. The White Paper, titled Competition Manipulation and Gambling: Threats to Canadian Sport and the Gaming Industry, provides a summary of the 2023 Symposium on Competition Manipulation and Gambling in Sport, outlines five key recommendations to mitigate the risks of competition manipulation, and describes recent changes in the Canadian sport gambling landscape.

"Competition manipulation – or match fixing – is rising at an alarming rate globally, and Canada is not immune to this threat. Both regulated and illegal betting markets are being exploited by bad actors and criminal organizations, who often prey on vulnerable athletes in the process. Several Canadian sports have been shown to be at heightened risk and can be influenced from abroad, including offshore betting. The Toronto symposium brought together global experts and key Canadian stakeholders on this subject; the White Paper is an outcome of this important consultation and provides several strategies and recommendations to protect the integrity of Canadian sport," said Richard McLaren, CEO of MGSS.

Co-hosted by the CCES and MGSS, the 2023 Symposium on Competition Manipulation and Gambling in Sport brought together more than 150 delegates in May 2023 from sectors including athletes, national, multi, and international sport, national and provincial governments, sport gambling operators and regulators, professional sport leagues, integrity units, and law enforcement agencies. With the introduction of single-event sport betting to the Canadian market in 2021, the increased likelihood of competition manipulation and other threats to sport integrity requires a coordinated response from all stakeholders.

"Competition manipulation is a real and present threat to sport integrity and this White Paper provides a clear look at the comprehensive plans that other domestic and international organizations have successfully implemented to protect athletes and sporting events. It also reinforces the need for an independently administered harmonized Canadian competition manipulation policy that’s developed with athletes and adopted by all sports in Canada. The symposium and White Paper both put a heavy emphasis on the need for a comprehensive education program to support a policy and protect sport, which the CCES has been providing to the sport community," said Jeremy Luke, CCES president and CEO. "We appreciate everyone who shared their knowledge and lived experience during the symposium and support these initiatives and thank MGSS for their expertise and collaboration."

Download the White Paper and the Executive Summary

About the CCES
The CCES works collaboratively to ensure Canadians have a positive sport experience. Through its programs, the CCES manages unethical issues in sport, protects the integrity of Canadian sport, and promotes True Sport to activate values-based sport on and off the field of play. The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization that is responsible for the administration of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. For more information, visit cces.ca, follow us on X (Twitter), Facebook or Instagram.

About MGSS
MGSS was founded in 2014 as a specialized professional services firm focused on sport integrity to help clients solve complex governance challenges. We serve a range of sport organizations including national and international sport federations, domestic leagues, universities, and professional sport organizations. Mission: To help sports organizations protect and enhance their brand, navigate difficult organizational issues related to ethics, governance and integrity, and inform strategic business decisions. Reference: www.mclarenglobalsportsolutions.com


For further information, please contact:
Megan Cumming
Manager, Corporate Communications, CCES
Tel: 514-641-3266
Email: mcumming@cces.ca

For inquiries related to Richard McLaren and MGSS, please contact:
Matoula Mitropoulos
McLaren Global Sport Solutions
Tel: 310-403-2329
Email: matoula@mgsportsolutions.com