Two career fairs are being held this week by Gateway Casinos and Entertainment to fill upwards of 200 positions for its new Grand Villa Casino. It is the first major recruiting the company has done to select individuals to work in the downtown arena district.

The British Columbia-based Gateway announced in April that the Baccarat Casino in downtown Edmonton would be replaced by a $32 million, 60,000 square-foot upscale entertainment, dining and gaming complex next to the Rogers Place Arena called the Grand Villa Edmonton. The company has plans to open the facility this summer. The career fair being held by Gateway to fill a variety of culinary, gaming and hospitality positions will take place at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The second career fair will be held on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MacEwan University Robbins Health Learning Centre.

Interested individuals can also submit applications at the company’s website at Gateway’s executive general manager of its Alberta operations, Darcy Romanin, said “These career fairs mark an important next step as we look forward to the opening of the Grand Villa Edmonton,” and “Ice District will dramatically redefine Edmonton’s downtown and we are proud to grow our team at this iconic development,” according to the Edmonton Journal.

Scheduled to open its doors in the fall, Gateway announced in November that the Palace Casino on the north side of the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada will be rebranded and redeveloped as the Starlight Casino Edmonton. An estimated additional 250 to 300 jobs will result from the project along with an additional $45 million shot in the arm for Edmonton’s economy. Upon opening and when fully operational, the Starlight Casino Edmonton and Grand Villa Edmonton will employ more than 900 in Edmonton, 500 of them new hires this year, and approximately 4,100 throughout Western Canada.

A Canadian gaming and entertainment operator, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited operates 12 casinos in Alberta and British Columbia, including Kamloops, British Columbia’s newest casino, Cascades Casino Kamloops, which opened in August, among others.