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: François Mathieu

Françoise is a Registered Psychotherapist and a compassion fatigue specialist. Her experience stems from over 20+ years as a mental health professional, working as crisis counsellor and trauma specialist in hospital, university counselling, military, law enforcement and other community mental health environments. Françoise is co-executive director of TEND, whose aim is to offer consulting and training to helpers on topics related to secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout, self-care, wellness and organizational health.

Since 2001, Françoise has given hundreds of seminars on compassion fatigue and secondary trauma across North America to thousands of helping professionals in the fields of health care, child welfare, the criminal justice system and other similar high stress, trauma exposed professions. Françoise is an engaging and dynamic speaker and is the author of “The Compassion Fatigue Workbook” which was published by Routledge in 2012 as well as several articles and publications.

Closing Keynote: 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.