Debra Gassewitz 
President & Chief Executive Officer

For over 20 years Debra has been the CEO of Canada’s national Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC).  During that time she has had the privilege of engaging with all sectors, levels and participants within sport. A bilingual sport leader, coach and volunteer, who embraces the concept to never stop learning, she championed SIRC’s evolution from library to innovative knowledge broker.  Whether it was digitizing millions of pages of sport research, negotiating a multi-million dollar database sale or establishing an international network of sport partners her focus has been to facilitate engagement and empower the sport system with knowledge.  

Debra played a key role in the development of the new Canadian sport policy.  She is a Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee and sits on several federal-provincial-territorial policy, inclusion, data monitoring, research and governance committees working to enhance alignment and advance sport in Canada.  Her background in stakeholder communications and digital technology has been a driving force in assisting sport organizations with HR and recruitment.  Her commitment to research (high performance and practical), education and ensuring sport leaders, their Boards and program developers are well informed has led to both the development of numerous resources, conferences and innovative delivery methods


Nancy Rebel, 
Director, Content Development

After completing her Master’s degree in Library & Information Science, Nancy came to SIRC to combine her two passions – sport and access to knowledge. Over the last 24 years, Nancy has been proud to be part of SIRC’s transition to an innovative and leading edge resource for knowledge translation and transfer. From her roots as a member of the SIRC team responsible for quality document analysis, description, cataloging and indexing of SIRC’s extensive library collection and world-renowned SportDiscus database, to her current role guiding the development and dissemination of SIRC’s content resources, ranging from SIRC’s many multimedia educational publications to the extensive resource collection, Nancy is committed to supporting sport administrators, coaches, parents, athletes, and participants at all levels in developing their full potential through knowledge.

Nancy has played a key role in sharing community best practices and promoting the relevance of research to practice through innovative uses of new media and communication tools. She believes that capitalizing on collaborative partnerships in sport, combined with evidence-informed resources we can make a difference in encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle for all Canadians.

Nancy passion for sport keeps her involved on the ice and snow with curling and skiing. As a former figure skater and varsity soccer player she is now enjoying introducing her own children to the joy of active sport.