OTTAWA, Oct. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee is proud
to announce that Catherine Gosselin-Després will lead the
organization's Sport Department as Executive Director, Sport.
"We are truly excited to welcome Catherine to the CPC leadership team,"
said Karen O'Neill, Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian Paralympic
Committee. "Catherine has a strong track record as a sport technical
leader within the Canadian sport community and is an outstanding choice
to build on the success of the CPC."
In her new role Catherine will be responsible for overseeing CPC's sport
department and focus on key areas such as delivery of Games, high
performance programs as well as athlete recruitment, development and
"Her strong leadership skills, strategic thinking, and reputation within
the Canadian sport system mixed with her energetic and passionate
personality will propel the CPC into a new and exciting era," adds
As CEO of Synchro Canada, Catherine Gosselin-Després was instrumental in
leading the organization through a number of successful initiatives and
necessary transformational changes. She successfully led sport
technical and administrative personnel in the creation and
implementation of a new strategic plan for the organization.
"Catherine is an outstanding talent who rapidly became a successful
leader in her career," said Mario Welsh, President of Synchro Canada.
"Since joining Synchro Canada in 2005, her contributions for both
International and National areas have been exceptional. She has
succeeded the accomplishment of the centralization of our National
team, as we know it today, and the structure of our National
competitions is noteworthy."
Prior to joining Synchro Canada, Catherine worked at CanoeKayak Canada
as Program Coordinator where she was responsible for developing and
implementing the very successful Paddle All initiative for people with a disability at the grassroots level which
resulted later in a great advocacy effort to have canoe and kayak
included in the Paralympic Games program.
"Leadership is a critical resource Canada's athletes require in order to
position our country as a world-leader in Paralympic sport," said Anne
Merklinger, chief executive officer, Own the Podium. "Catherine is a
proven performer who knows what it takes to develop successful
high-performance sport programs in Canada. Her passion and experience
will be an asset to our Paralympic program."
Gosselin-Després is set to start on Monday, November 4, 2013.
"I'm very excited about joining the CPC and leading a very talented and
dedicated group of individuals," said Gosselin-Després. "The CPC has
laid such a great foundation through the leadership of Rob Needham
(former Executive Director of Sport) and I'm looking forward to working
with our sport community to continue building a vibrant and sustainable
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization
with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the
Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to
be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the
development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to
enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By
supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and
promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all
Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs
delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca
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BACKGROUNDER: CATHERINE GOSSELIN-DESPRÉS
Since 2005 Catherine Gosselin-Després has been instrumental in leading
Synchro Canada through a number of successful initiatives and necessary
transformational changes in different leadership roles such as Chief
Operating Officer and CEO by providing strong leadership to her team of
staff, valued volunteers, coaches, officials and athletes.
She also played different roles in High Performance as she led twice the
high-performance portfolio within Synchro Canada and was Team Leader at
the London 2012 Olympic Games. Catherine also participated as Head of
Delegation and Team Leader at many World Aquatics Championships as well
as other FINA events where Canada competed. Catherine was a Team
Services Officer on the Canadian Mission Team at 2007 Pan American
Games in Rio and a Family and Friends Coordinator for Synchro at the
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Catherine was Program Coordinator with Canoe Kayak Canada (2002 to 2005)
and was involved in starting the Paddle All Initiative at the
grassroots level which resulted later in a great advocacy effort to
have canoe and kayak included in the Paralympic program.
In her career Catherine has also been involved with the Canadian Olympic
Committee as a member of the session for Synchro and is currently a
member of the Outreach and Education Committee. In 2007, Catherine was
selected to represent Canada at the International Olympic Academy in
Originally from Quebec City, she has a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology
specialized in high performance sport from Laval University which she
also completed through an exchange program with the Université Libre de
Bruxelles. She also has a Masters degree in Sport Management from
University of Ottawa.
She is fully bilingual in both Canada's official languages and efficient
in Spanish. These are the words best describing Catherine: Energetic,
passionate, loyal, creative, team player and a leader by example. She
is also committed to her community and has been involved in a number of
volunteer opportunities as well as giving back to her universities by
supporting up and coming students and future sport leaders.
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SOURCE: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
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