Daniele Sauvageau has taken part in six Olympic Games, as coach of the women’s hockey team, general manager and as a coaching consultant. 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.
She played a key role in winning seven consecutive world championships, and in the silver medal won at the Nagano Olympics. With her dedication, involvement in developing her sport and her winning record, Daniele has become the undisputed guru of women’s hockey in Canada.
For 24 years, Sauvageau has served with the RCMP and Montreal’s police department, including the narcotics division. She currently works as advisor to the strategic development department.
After completing a degree in social work, Sauvageau 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 Sauvageau carte blanche to set up the first women’s hockey team for the Carabins and the rest is history.
Daniele 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 skater Joanie Rochette.
Over the course of her career, there have been a number of reports about her on Canadian networks such as CBC, Radio-Canada, TSN and the NBC network in the US, as well as many articles in Canadian and American publications. She is also the co-author of The Golden Tears, the Journey to the Olympics. 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.