Canadian Paralympic Committee Welcomes Catherine Gosselin-Després as new Executive Director of Sport

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ottawa, October 15, 2013 - Synchro Canada wishes to announce the departure of CEO Catherine Gosselin-Despres who will pursue new challenges with the Canadian Paralympic Committee as its Executive Director, Sports. She starts her new functions on Monday, November 4.

“On behalf of all Synchro Canada members I wish to sincerely thank Catherine Gosselin-Despres for her full commitment towards her leadership role over the last few years”, said Mario Welsh, Synchro Canada’s President

“Since she joined our organisation in 2005, including Chief Operating Officer in 2007, then CEO since 2010, her contributions at the international and national levels have been exceptional. It is beyond a doubt that Catherine Gosselin-Despres has contributed to the growth of synchronized swimming in Canada.”

Highlights of Catherine Gosselin-Despres’ tenure as Synchro Canada CEO include the senior national team’s centralisation in 2008 and the reconfiguration of the national competitions structure. In addition, Synchro Canada was recently ranked amongst the best national sport federations by Sport Canada.

‘Those are only a few examples of successful projects led by Catherine Gosselin-Despres and her team. She should be proud”, said Mario Welsh. ”We wish her all the best in her new challenges and we are sure she will be successful.”

Synchro Canada will announce over the next few weeks the succession and transition plans as well as details regarding the CEO position.

“Over the last few years, Catherine Gosselin-Despres has built a strong, passionate and professional team which mirrors the sport itself and the senior national team. There is a synergy which helped the sport grow in Canada and brought Synchro Canada among the top of its class”, continued Mario Welsh. “There is no doubt that this team will continue to maintain the same level over the transition period and will continue to move the sport forward by supporting a new leader.”

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