As construction continues on the future Hard Rock Hotel and Casino south of Ottawa, Ontario gaming industry veteran Christine Crump has joined the Rideau Carleton Casino as president, following the departure of Helen MacMillan.
With more than two decades of experience in the industry, Crump will oversee the operation of the Ottawa facility and its nearly 400 employees, while managing the organization through the $350-million expansion project.
Shovels broke ground on the site in June, with the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino set to open its doors in 2025.
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“I am thrilled to be joining this iconic organization at such a pivotal moment,” said Crump in a news release. “With construction on track for a 2025 opening, we are expanding our team of highly skilled professionals and are poised to do great things for the region’s tourism and entertainment industries.”
Crump previously served for more than five years at One Toronto Gaming as regional general manager and general manager. Before that, she held multiple key positions over 18 years at OLG, including general manager and operations manager.
She also has experience at the helm of expanding gaming facilities, having been part of six similar projects across Ontario throughout her career.
She added that she’s excited to join the Ottawa community.
“Ottawa has become a special city for my family,” she said in the release. “My daughter attends university here, so I’ve spent a lot of time in the region as a result. Making the move to Ottawa is a natural fit. I’ve already started to meet my business and philanthropic peers in the community; the reception has been overwhelming. I’m eager to put my skills and experience towards the continued growth and success of the region.”
Crump succeeds former president Helen MacMillan, who joined the Rideau Carleton Casino in 2019 and steered it through pandemic closures and supply chain issues that delayed construction on the Hard Rock project for several years. According to a press release, MacMillan left in October to “pursue other opportunities.”