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BC Soccer is excited to announce and welcome Gabriel Assis as new Director of Operations

Brazilian born, Gabriel joins from Ontario Soccer, where he held several influential roles including his most recent, Senior Manager of Coach Education, Player Development and Club Licensing 

March 17th, 2021 - Vancouver BC.  

Filling the role of Director of Operations was never going to be easy or straightforward during the challenging times we are operating in. Adding to this, is the wide scope of responsibilities associated with the role including governance, membership services, risk management, safe sport, diversity and inclusion, events management, and competitions, while also ensuring alignment with the future of BC Soccer outlined in its 2024 strategic plan.

In Gabriel Assis, BC Soccer has found an individual who already understands both National and Provincial Governance structure, while also having a deep connection to, and understanding of the game at the local levels.  His background and knowledge will support the Association now and into the future.

BC Soccer Executive Director, Jason Elligott spoke of Assis’s depth of knowledge and ability to “hit the ground running” in his new role which “is great for us”:

“Apart from filling an extensive list of criteria, one of the hardest aspects of hiring people for our organization is the length of time it takes to on-board them in our complex environment.  In Gabriel, we found someone who already speaks the language, understands the general landscape, and most importantly, deeply loves the sport and cares about its growth in our province and country.  There was no shortage of qualified candidates in this process, but Gabriel’s level of passion and understanding of the role, really impressed all of us, and we are excited that he accepted the opportunity.”

Assis shared his excitement in joining BC Soccer: "I am thrilled to join BC Soccer as the new Director of Operations! I look forward to working with our Member Services Team and all the staff at BC Soccer to generate opportunities that benefit all of our stakeholders and contribute to the growth and development of our members in British Columbia."

The former Operations Manager of Mississauga Soccer Club, and Ontario Soccer Manager of the OPDL has earned several certificates including the UEFA’s Financial Management and he’s recently been accepted to the FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sports Management. 

Assis, who moved to Canada ten years ago, will start with BC Soccer in April 2021 while working remotely from his home in St. Catherines Ontario, before moving to BC in the summer 2021 with wife Daniela Lima and two daughters ages four and six.

About BC Soccer

Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

Safe Sport Statement

BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in.

The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.