MISSISSAUGA — Herb Bryant, Chairman of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA), is pleased to announce the appointment of Wendy Rinella as the association’s new Executive Director. Rinella takes over the responsibilities of her new position effective May 20, 2003.
Rinella brings over 13 years experience in the fields of public policy development, government relations and strategic communications to OHRIA. In her previous position, Rinella served as the Government Relations Practice Group Leader and Associate Vice President for an international public affairs company based in Toronto. In this position she provided clients with strategic advice on a broad range of government issues including agriculture, gaming, taxation, regulations and legislation.
Her breadth of experience includes over 10 years in the Ontario Public Service where she held a number of roles including Senior Policy Advisor to Cabinet and Director of Policy in the Ontario Gaming Secretariat. As Director of Policy she was responsible for the development of the province’s approach to slot machines at racetracks, the merger of the lottery and casino corporations, responsible gambling policies and the establishment of new charity and commercial casinos. She was directly involved in the drafting of the original Letter of Intent with OHRIA that allowed the implementation of the slot program at Ontario racetracks.
Rinella is a board member of the Responsible Gambling Council of Ontario and the Arthritis Society (Ontario) and co-chairman of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundations Awareness Committee. She has an Honours B.A. from the University of Waterloo in Political Science, and an M.A. in Political Studies from Queen’s University.
Rinella looks forward to meeting with all OHRIA members and stakeholders and working with the industry on a strategic business plan to further the interests of the Ontario horse racing industry.
The Board of Directors and staff of OHRIA are extremely pleased to have Wendy Rinella on board and wish her the very best for a prosperous career in the horse racing industry.
The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) is an umbrella association which represents all segments of the horse racing industry. OHRIA was formed in 1994 to address the unique challenges facing the industry in a dynamic gaming and entertainment market. The strategic vision of the industry is to be a world class leader in horse racing and breeding.
Horse racing is the third largest agricultural industry in Ontario, generating over 37,000 full time equivalent jobs. Horse racing is an important part of the agricultural economy and supports the overall provincial economic base.