Ensuring that Ontario is a leader in high-performance sport, the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario’s President and CEO Debbie Low, led the creation and delivery of Ontario’s first facility-based sport institute, a legacy of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan American Games. CSIO’s world-class, multi-sport daily training environments at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre set the standard—informed by the latest sport science, sport medicine, and research and innovation— the sport institute is a game-changer for elite athletes, including provincial and national team members, from across the province and country.
Debbie’s passion for sport and dedication is further fueled by her desire to empower Canadians who live with a disability, leading to roles as Canada’s Chef de Mission for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games and Assistant Chef de Mission for the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games. As a volunteer, Debbie has served on a number of Boards and Committees in leadership positions including the Minister’s Advisory Panel for Sport (MTCS), Toronto 2015 Pan/Para Pan Am Games Bid Committee; Canadian Paralympic Committee Board of Directors; the International Paralympic Committee’s Paralympic Games Committee; Canadian Disability Hall of Fame Selection Committee; and as a member of the Toronto Sport Hall of Honour Selection Committee, with it’s Hall of Honour housed at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Debbie is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and was named one of CAAWS’ Most Influential Women in 2014, along with Christine Sinclair, Clara Hughes and Chantal Petticlerc and others, recognizing her contributions to building sport and physical activity in the country, and around the world.