New General Manager at Living Sky Casino for One Year Term
January 6, 2011
For Immediate Release
Saskatoon, SK – The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) is pleased to announce Charles Ryder has accepted a one year term position as General Manager of the Living Sky Casino in Swift Current. Lionel Tootoosis, General Manager of the Living Sky Casino, left SIGA on a two year secondment to the FSIN in October.“The Living Sky Casino is the most exciting new entertainment destination in Saskatchewan,” said Charles. “It’s a great honour to join its team and have the opportunity to build on its success.”
Originally from the Carry the Kettle First Nation of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, Charles holds a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Regina Extension Program. Charles joined SIGA almost 14 years ago, and most recently was the Casino Development Team Phase Leader working on various expansion projects within SIGA as Project Manager. Previously, Charles was the Director of Casino Operations at SIGA’s Central Office in Saskatoon, Live Games Manager at Painted Hand Casino in Yorkton, and Live Games Supervisor at Northern Lights Casino in Prince Albert, where he started his career with SIGA.
“At SIGA, we take great pride in being a leading First Nations gaming and entertainment organization, providing employment opportunities for First Nations people in Saskatchewan,” said Zane Hansen, SIGA President and CEO. “Charles brings an incredible depth of gaming experience to the position. I look forward to the knowledge and leadership Charles will bring to the Living Sky Casino.”
The Living Sky Casino is southwest Saskatchewan’s newest entertainment attraction. Located on the Trans-Canada highway, the casino offers excellent accessibility to the million plus vehicles which pass through the area each year. The entertainment venue includes a multi-purpose facility, the Sky Centre, attracting additional business and travelers to the community. With thrilling games, incredible cuisine and world-class entertainment, Living Sky Casino is your place for the most fun on the prairies. The Living Sky Casino opened to the public on December 28, 2008.
Since opening its first casino 14 years ago, SIGA has grown into one of Saskatchewan’s most prominent companies, generating millions of dollars annually. SIGA continues to strengthen the lives of Saskatchewan and First Nations people through employment, economic growth and community relations initiatives. SIGA operates six casinos in Saskatchewan in North Battleford, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Yorkton and on the White Bear First Nation near Carlyle. 100% of profits from SIGA’s gaming operations are returned to its beneficiaries. Our family of casinos offer a distinctive First Nations entertainment experience that reflects the traditional aspects of First Nations heritage and hospitality.
For more information, contact:
Kristy Jackson, Director of Communications and Media Relations
Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority