Debbie is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO), and has served in this position since November 2005. As CEO, she is responsible for the daily operation of the Sport Institute and for leading the transition to Ontario’s first facility-based sport institute as a legacy from the TO 2015 Pan/Para Pan American Games.
Debbie leads the development and delivery of provincial and national high performance sport programs for the Province of Ontario. She has spent the majority of her time and efforts over the past number of years re-establishing Ontario as leader in high performance sport.
Before joining the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, Debbie was the Executive Director of ParaSport Ontario; Director of Sport for Toronto’s 2008 Olympic Bid; and spent ten years with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s Multi-Sport Games Program.
As a volunteer, Debbie has served on a number of Boards and Committees in leadership positions including the Toronto 2015 Pan/Para Pan Am Games Bid Committee; Canadian Paralympic Committee Board of Directors; Association of Sport Performance Centres Board; Sport Alliance of Ontario Board; the International Paralympic Committee’s Paralympic Games Committee; and member Canadian Disability Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
Debbie was Canada’s Chef de Mission for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games: Assistant Chef de Mission for the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, and involved in 9 sets of Canada Games as part of Team Ontario in various roles.
Debbie holds a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Sport Management from Durham College. She is currently enrolled in Queen’s University’s Executive Leadership Program.
Debbie was selected to take part in Rick Hansen’s 25th Anniversary of Difference Makers; was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in June 2012, and the King Clancy Award in February 2010, in recognition of her contribution to advance the cause of Canadians who live with a disability.