The newly named Gold Horse Casino in Lloydminster to be operated by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) has hired a general manager.
SIGA has also just rented office space in Lloydminster and launched a Gold Horse Casino website.
Roger Anderson, a long-serving SIGA employee and current senior operations manager at Gold Eagle Casino in North Battleford, will assume the new GM role.
“I start now—I currently have an office space at Gold Eagle Casino in North Battleford, but we do have rental space in Lloydminster,” he said on Friday, the day after SIGA announced his hiring.
“We’re going to look at it next week with our some of the people from the central office and myself—we’ll be going to view it and get things ready for business.”
Anderson has also contacted a local realtor to help him find housing for his wife and family.
“I’m a family man, but I look forward to coming there, the school system, my wife is a business lady so she’s been to Lloyd before as well,” he said.
Anderson hails from George Gordon First Nation and has been with SIGA since 1999 working in a variety of management and senior management positions.
A SIGA statement said he “brings a wealth of experience and laser-focused commitment to providing exceptional First Nation hospitality for all of SIGA’s guests.”
Anderson said his immediate priorities as casino GM are to take a look at hiring practices, get some people onboard, visit the new casino site and meet community leaders.
SIGA is actively looking to hire a human resources manager, a full time and a part-time human resources officer and a marketing and guest services manager.
“We also have a senior operations manager which is closed already, but there are multiple postings and we want to get as many people in place as possible and preparing for the opening,” said Anderson.
“It’s going to take a lot of work and a lot of teamwork—there’s going to be a lot of different employment opportunities for a lot of different cultures.”
SIGA’s Gold Horse Casino website notes they will operate the 33,750 sq. ft. facility with a staff of up to 186 full time, part time and casual positions.
Career opportunities at the Gold Horse Casino are listed on the siga.sk.ca/careers website.
Anderson expects the casino to open sometime in the winter of 2018, but there is no specific date yet.
The casino will feature 250 slot machines, 18 electronic tables for blackjack and roulette, and five live game tables.
Anderson says there is some buzz happening about the casino in the Lloydminster area already.
“With some of the people we do business with at Gold Eagle and businesses SIGA has been associated with out there, there is excitement,” he said.
Gold Horse Casino will be the seventh casino operated by SIGA in Saskatchewan when it opens.
The casino name was picked by the Border Tribal Council and Anderson likes it.
“The tribal council uses the word gold in a lot of different naming; it’s unique,” he said.