Catherine Gosselin-Després, Executive Director, Sport

Catherine Gosselin-Després leads the Canadian Paralympic Committe’s Sport Department as Executive Director, Sport. She assumed the role on November 4, 2013. She is responsible for key areas such as delivery of Games, high performance programs as well as athlete recruitment, development and retention.

Previously CEO of Synchro Canada, 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.

Prior to joining Synchro Canada, Gosselin-Després 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 in a great advocacy effort to have canoe and kayak included in the Paralympic Games program.

Originally from Quebec City, Gosselin-Després has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology in high performance sport from Laval University and completed an exchange program with the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She has a Master’s degree in Sport Management from University of Ottawa.

Gosselin-Després is bilingual in both Canada’s official languages and efficient in Spanish.