Keynote Speakers

APCO Canada is pleased to present world-class keynote speakers at our 2018 Conference in Montreal that will enlighten and engage attendees. Complementing our educational sessions, these keynote speakers will ensure you leave the event inspired.

Opening Keynote: Françoise Mathieu

Compassion Fatigue Specialist/Spécialiste en usure de compassion
Co-Executive Director/Co-Directrice TEND

Françoise is co-executive director of TEND, whose aim is to offer consulting and training to professionals on topics related to secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout, self-care, wellness and organizational health. Françoise is a Registered Psychotherapist and a subject matter expert on topics related to compassion fatigue and secondary trauma.

Before becoming a specialist on stress and trauma, Françoise worked as a mental health provider doing both crisis management and employee support to military personnel, 911 communicators, law enforcement and other community mental health professionals in need of psychological support.

Françoise has worked with 911 communicators in Ontario, PEI, Yukon and Alberta, Paramedic Services, the LAPD, Edmonton Police Major Crimes Unit, RCMP K Division, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Chief Coroner’s Office of Ontario and with many similar organizations.

Since 2001, Françoise has given hundreds of seminars on compassion fatigue and secondary trauma across North America to thousands of professionals in the fields of law enforcement, the criminal justice system, military, human trafficking, health care, child welfare and other similar high-stress, trauma-exposed professions. She is one of the founding members of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Consortium. Françoise is the author of “The Compassion Fatigue Workbook” which was published by Routledge in 2012 as well as several articles and publications.

Keynote Speakers: Danièle Sauvageau

Danièle Sauvageau has done undercover narcotics work for the Montreal Urban Police, busted a squad car full of drug dealers, and even ordered a forced entry and rescue of a double agent whose life was in jeopardy. Hardly the resume you’d expect for the first head coach of the Canadian Women’s Olympic Team to lead them to gold in fifty years. Proving her ability to lead―whether hunting down criminals or on the ice― Sauvageau draws on her expertise in situation assessment, coaching, leadership, communication and the formation of winning teams to help audiences achieve success.

Sauvageau’s passion, instinct, and leadership were instrumental in the historic win by the Canadian women’s hockey team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. 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 has taken part in six Olympic Games, as women’s hockey coach, general manager and coaching consultant. She played a key role in the team’s wins in seven consecutive world championships, and in the silver medal they won at the Nagano Olympics.

In 2013, Sauvageau was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her contribution to the advancement and development of women’s hockey in Quebec and Canada.

For 28 years, Sauvageau has served with the RCMP and Montreal’s police department, including the narcotics division, and currently works as advisor to the strategic development department. She is a well-known figure in the media and is often asked to comment on developments in hockey and elite sports in general. She is also the co-author of The Golden Tears, the Journey to the Olympics.