Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Victoria, B.C. – When Danièle Sauvageau coached the Canadian Women’s National Hockey Team to a gold medal at the 2002 Olympic Games, she helped end a 50-year Olympic gold medal drought for Canadian hockey. As a coach, general manager and coaching consultant, Danièle took part in seven Olympic Games, and she played an integral role in the women’s team winning seven consecutive world championships. You can hear her discuss on her experiences at the 2017 Sport for Life Canadian Summit, which takes place in Gatineau, Quebec on January 25 and 26.
Sauvageau has a degree in social work, graduated from the RCMP Academy, and earned a master’s certificate from the National Coaching Certification Program. Despite becoming known as the guru of women’s hockey, her expertise spans many sports. Sauvageau has contributed her knowledge and insight to more than 20 national and international programs. As well, she has worked as a coaching and performance consultant with the Canadian Olympic Committee since 2004, including prior to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. She is also involved with University Sports as general manager of the Université de Montréal Carabin Women's hockey team.
Outside of sport, Sauvageau spent 31 years with the RCMP and Montreal’s police department, including the narcotics division. She currently works as advisor to the strategic development department. 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 excellence.
“The combination of being involved in sports since my childhood as well as being a police officer for over 31 years has given me an interesting perspective,” says Sauvageau. “I feel privileged to have a front row seat and witness the impact of physical literacy – sports build communities.”
The Sport for Life Canadian Summit
The Sport for Life Canadian Summit brings together leaders who work to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. Sport for Life recognizes that quality sport and physical literacy offer rich benefits to Canadian society through improved health, stronger communities, higher sporting achievement, and stronger national identity. By improving sport, the Sport for Life Society aims to improve the lives of all Canadians.
For more information contact:
Communications Coordinator, Sport for Life Society