Chief information officer departs BCLC

The British Columbia Lottery Corp.'s chief information officer is no longer working for the Crown corporation, Public Eye has learned. But BCLC has declined to discuss the reason for Scott Norman's March 21 departure. Internal records earlier obtained by The Vancouver Sun's Chad Skelton show a fellow executive describing Mr. Norman as the "point person on IT matters" during the security breach crisis that followed the launch of its controversial online casino. A BCLC spokesperson has yet to respond to repeated questions about what other involvement the chief information officer had with that casino. The spokesperson said Mr. Norman's departure has "absolutely no connection" to PlayNow.com's launch issues. But the spokesperson wouldn't say more because "we do not comment on specifics of human resource matters under any circumstance."

Mr. Norman's departure comes just 18 days after it was announced he had been elected to serve another one-year term on the board of directors of the Gaming Standards Association - a gambling industry trade group. But he's also no longer with the association.

In an interview with Public Eye, the association's executive director Michelle Olesiejuk explained, "he resigned his position at his current company and - if you're not employed by a GSA member company - you can no longer hold the position of a board member."

Mr. Norman had been with the corporation since 2004 and briefly served as its acting chief executive officer in 2008 before Michael Graydon took charge of BCLC.

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