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Senior Executive Team


Brad Desmarais

Vice-President, Casino and Community Gaming

Brad provides leadership and strategic direction for gaming facilities, marketing and product development as well as operational responsibility for the delivery of products and services for players and business partners.

Brad joined BCLC in February 2013 as VP of Corporate Security & Compliance. His responsibilities included all aspects of security, compliance, legal services, privacy and Freedom of Information administration. He led the development and implementation of corporate security and compliance policies and procedures for BCLC, our players and private sector service providers. In addition to his Executive role in Corporate Security & Compliance, Brad concurrently served as the Interim Vice President of Human Resources.

Brad has over 34 years combined service with the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP. He served as Inspector in Charge of Major Crimes in the VPD organization where he was responsible for over 70 sworn members and civilian staff. Highlights of his career include recognized accomplishments and awards across all levels of policing including senior domestic and international operations and administrative management. Brad demonstrates strong team building skills through motivational and enthusiastic leadership. He has extensive training experience and is an accomplished lecturer on matters related to organized crime, money laundering, evidence collection in foreign jurisdictions and privacy issues in relation to the domestic and international financial industry.

Brad began his Police Training at the Justice Institute of British Columbia in 1979 and has since completed over 35 training programs and courses.