Daniele Sauvageau - Former Canadian Olympic Hockey Coach & Professional Mentor
Daniele Sauvageau

Daniele Sauvageau

Montreal, Quebec
Former Canadian Olympic Hockey Coach - Leadership, Change & Peak Performance Expert
Daniele Sauvageau is the first female NHL Saturday Night Hockey TV analyst for Canada's French station. She has 33 years of experience in the police department of Montreal and RCMP. Danièle Sauvageau advises high-performance coaches and business leaders with passion, instinct, and leadership skills during her lessons and conferences.
  • Change Management
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Teamwork
  • Business Management
  • Athletes & Sports
  • Bilingual & French
  • Conference
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Inspirational
  • Motivation

DANIELE SAUVAGEAU BIOGRAPHY

Daniele Sauvageau has the passion, instinct, and leadership that was instrumental in the historic win by the Canadian Women’s Hockey team at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002. As the general manager and coach, Sauvageau transformed a fear of losing into an absolute desire for victory, a radical turnaround that enabled her players to achieve their Olympic dream.

Daniele Sauvageau has taken part in six Olympic Games, as a women’s hockey coach, general manager, and coaching consultant. Danièle played a key role in her team’s wins in seven consecutive world championships and the silver medal they won at the Nagano Olympics. With her dedication, involvement in developing her sport, and winning record she has become the undisputed guru of women’s hockey in Canada. In 2021, she served as general manager and coach of the Montreal team in the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association.

Sauvageau was named head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team for the 2001 World Hockey Championship and the 2002 Winter Olympics on June 22, 2000. As head coach of the first Canadian Olympic hockey team to win gold in 50 years, Sauvageau became a Canadian hero.

Sauvageau has worked at almost every level of hockey open to female coaches. After the disappointing silver medal showing at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Sauvageau was named the new head coach of the team and general manager of the Canadian female hockey program. Following eight straight losses to the U.S. team prior to the Olympics, her team-building methods and leadership skills led the team to a gold medal in 2002.

In 1999–2000, she became an assistant coach for the Montreal Rocket of the QMJHL. She was the first female coach in QMJHL history. Sauvageau was the first female NHL Saturday Night Hockey TV analyst for Canada’s French station Télévision de Radio-Canada and is the new official spokesperson for the Coaching Association of Canada. She was a member of the successful bid committee for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic bid.

Off the ice, Daniele Sauvageau’s expertise is not limited to just one sport or coaching the Canadian women’s hockey team. She has a degree in social work and has served with the RCMP and Montreal’s police department for over 33 years, including s serving 10 years in the narcotics division. As an undercover police officer, she busted a car full of drug dealers and ordered the forced entry and rescue of a double agent whose life was in jeopardy.

She also holds a master’s certificate in coaching from the National Coaching Certification Program and a management certificate from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales. She has contributed to the success of a number of national programs, including the national synchronized swimming team and the women’s water polo team. She is involved as a coaching and performance consultant with the Canadian Olympic Committee in preparation for the Vancouver Winter Olympics. As such, she is closely associated with the success of Canadian short-track speed skaters and figure skaters Joanie Rochette.

Drawing on her expertise in human resources management, coaching, leadership, situation assessment, communication and the formation of winning teams Daniele Sauvageau speaks on various topics related to performance. In 2003, Sauvageau began to offer her services as an executive coaching consultant. She has supported and assisted numerous public and private-sector clients in building a new vision and managing change in order to gain a competitive edge. Danièle Sauvageau is a well-known figure in the media and is often asked to comment on developments in hockey and elite sports in general.

Over the course of her career, Daniele Sauvageau has been featured on CBC, Radio-Canada, TSN, NBC, and has many articles in Canadian and American publications. She is also the co-author of The Golden Tears, the Journey to the Olympics. Daniele Sauvageau was the spokesperson for the Coaching Association of Canada and a member of the Coaches of Canada, as well as serving on the board of directors for Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympics bid.

Sauvageau received an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law (DCL) from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. Nova Scotia in October 2002 for her leadership in international athletics. She was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth ll Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. In 2013, Daniele Sauvageau was appointed to the Order of Canada for her outstanding merit and distinguished service to Canadians to make a major difference in Canada through lifelong contributions throughout her career.

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Daniele Sauvageau Topic Presentations

leading a team to victory

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  • The instinct of winning is relevant in sports as well as in business. To lead a team to victory, we must accept challenges and work as a team through adversity. As the director and head coach of an Olympic gold medalist National Team, a strategist of the Canadian sport system, and an international coach mentor Danièle Sauvageau understands the power of mobilization. Each time Sauvageau gives a presentation, she captivates and inspires her audience.

    She speaks about adversity and resilience, the notions of leadership and a winning team, and what she has experienced, studied, and applied. Danièle Sauvageau will inspire and guide you through the strengthening teamwork and leadership skills that will lead you to victory, to the ultimate goal – Gold. During her presentations she speaks on leadership, accountability, embracing change, managing transitions, transformation, teamwork, overcoming adversity, workplace culture and peak performance. All of these factors play a part in leading a team to victory whether in sports or business.

Testimonials

Ms. Sauvageau’s presentation was a success. She made attendees reflect on their own sense of leadership and teamwork skills; these are abilities that are used on a daily basis in the health and safety field. We had several participants who thanked us for having such a good and poignant keynote speaker. Needless to say that Ms. Sauvageau contributed to the success of our event. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Sauvageau.

Secretariat
Treasury Board of Canada

She’s a great communicator. She knows how to motivate.

Cassie Campbell

Former National Team Member

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