Jennifer Rushton

Jennifer Rushton

Vice President, Lottery and Gaming at PQA Testing

Jennifer Rushton joined Professional Quality Assurance (PQA) as Vice President – Lottery & Gaming, in January of 2019. In this role, Jennifer drives the growth of PQA and its sister company, PLATO Testing, in Sault Ste. Marie which, together, are on a mission to break down barriers to Indigenous participation in the technology sector, by providing training and meaningful careers in software testing to First Nations, Métis and Inuit professionals.


Prior to joining PQA, Jennifer led the business development initiatives for UP, Sault Ste. Marie’s lottery and gaming cluster development strategy. This 3-year project was aimed at growing and diversifying the local economy, with a focus on opportunities emerging as a result of industry transformation and subsequent growth potential of lottery and gaming businesses that are clustered in Sault Ste. Marie. With financial support from the municipal and provincial governments, this dedicated project team, delivered from the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC), was responsible for the growth and attraction of multiple business and creation of 90 jobs.


Earlier in her career, Jennifer led and supported the market expansion of multiple global suppliers and operators in the gaming industry. In 2017, she was recognized as a ’40 Under 40 Emerging Leader of Gaming’ by Global Gaming Business and the Innovation Group. Jennifer serves as a volunteer moderator for Global Gaming Women’s Lean-In Circles, a role which she believes helps empower women to advance their careers into leadership positions.


Jennifer takes great pride in her family. Her husband, Kris, and their four children, Parker, Peyton, Alix and Alice, are her raison d’être, providing her encouragement and inspiration each and every day.

Panel Discussion #8: Future of Resources

Holiday Inn Sudbury

Hundreds of small to medium-sized businesses across Canada and Northern Ontario provide a range of goods and services to resource operations, including construction, catering, environmental services, security and manufactured equipment.  Resource industries are major employers of Indigenous people in Canada and provide critical training opportunities for Indigenous youth. Indigenous communities are increasingly operating and investing […]