Working together with adverse conditions is part of the road to winning and that is something Danièle Sauvageau knows about. As an inspirational speaker, Danièle draws on her expertise, her social work and management studies, and her experience with high-performance to tell others how they can achieve.
Danièle led the Canadian women’s hockey team to its first-ever medal in 2002. She was the first female commentator on the traditional Hockey Night in Canada. She also worked for 24 years with the Montreal police department and the RCMP, serving in the narcotics division and as an advisor to the strategic development department.
Danièle’s passion, instinct and leadership were instrumental in the historic win by the Canadian women’s hockey team. As general manager and coach, she transformed a fear of losing into an absolute desire for victory, a radical turnaround that enabled her players to achieve their Olympic dream.
She played a key role in her team’s wins in seven consecutive world championships, and in the silver medal they won at the Nagano Olympics.
Danièle graduated from the RCMP academy. She obtained a master’s certificate in coaching from the National Coaching Certification Program and a management certificate from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales.
In January 2008, the University of Montreal gave carte blanche to Danièle to set up the first women’s hockey team for the Carabins. However, she contributed to the success of a number of national programs, including the national synchronized swimming team and the women’s water polo team.
Drawing on her expertise in human resources management, coaching, leadership, situation assessment, communication and the formation of winning teams, Sauvageau speaks on various topics related to performance.
Danièle Sauvageau has given hundreds of presentations across Canada and the United States. Among her clients are leading financial institutions, the RCMP and the OPP, many high-level sports organizations such as Hockey Canada, Sport Canada, Water Polo Canada, Synchro Canada, Speed Skating Canada, federal and provincial government agencies, as well as numerous private, public and non-profit companies.