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3 10/2018

Slowing down to appreciate the journey

Autumn is a good time to look back and take time to appreciate the progress made during the year.

We are blessed to share our journey with so many leaders and organizations in sport and business who want to do things differently – to change the way the game is played – by creating new opportunities for themselves and their teams.

Your trust feeds our desire to journey with you toward a world of performance that makes sense.

We have had the great pleasure of working with the following organizations during the last six months :

  • American Iron & Metal
  • CÉGEP Sorel-Tracy
  • CIMA+
  • Les Canadiennes de Montréal
  • Desjardins
  • École d’entrepreneurship de Beauce
  • Judo Canada
  • KDC Knowlton
  • Les restaurants Normandin
  • Normandin Beaudry
  • Own the podium
  • Pendopharm
  • PLB International
  • Snowboard cross Canada
  • Therrien Couture
  • Vestshell inc.

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3 10/2018

Welcome Cassandra!

The last 6 months have been both intense and very rich in a humane way for CANU. The arrival of Cassandra Poudrier in the team as a program manager is undoubtedly our biggest achievement.

Cassandra retired last spring from the professional hockey team Les Canadiennes de Montréal. She was able to get acquainted with CANU during her year as a participant of the very first edition of the Champions beyond the code program.

You will see she does not mess around with the puck!

Welcome Cass, we are happy that you have chosen us.


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3 10/2018

Champions beyond the code : a transition program that is the talk of the town!

The success of the first edition of the Champions beyond the code co-development program is the talk of the town!

In a dossier presented by Pascal Milano in the pages of the newspaper La Presse, Maxime Boilard, OLY – the initiator of the program – talks about one of the objectives pursued by the program :

The common denominator among the participants who were part of [the co-development program] is that they wanted to go beyond their athlete’s code. […] We want to help them take a step back to gain a new perspective over the code that served them as athletes.

Read the full La Presse + paper here [french only].

Find out more about the Champions beyond the code co-development program and see how to register here.


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10 12/2017

At war, if you do your job right, you can die

I just finished reading the latest blog post of Stéphanie Dupuis, founder of THEMA.

I couldn’t help smiling while reading it and one quote really caught my eyes :

At war, if you make a mistake, you can die.
At war, if you do not do your job, you can die.
At war, if you do your job right, you can die.

Read my reactions and reflexions on her blog here.

May 2009 Ghundey Ghar, Afghanistan. Crédit photo : Cplc Jonathan Johansen.

May 2009 Ghundey Ghar, Afghanistan. Crédit photo : Cplc Jonathan Johansen.



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11 11/2017

Leave some extra room for courage, would you?

DSC_0269During my late-teenage years, my view on courage was deeply influenced by the movies I used to watch on the big screen. A blazing kind of courage portrayed by actors with bulging muscles – the very incarnation of power. The kind of show that hits you in the gut!

That being said, can courage be expressed on a day-to-day basis in a more traditional context?

Read the blog here.


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27 06/2016

An emotional closing with Ganotec

CANU - Mandat Ganotec

On May 12, we accompanied the management team of the industrial entrepreneur Ganotec as they successfully completed a nine-month program entitled: Learning to Win as One Team. The gathering, in the format of a closing ceremony, included a medal presentation reminiscent of the ceremony celebrating champions in sports.

It was a moment to recognize the progress and contributions of each member of the management team in the CANU program. Overall, the experience included a series of development activities, on and off company premises, as well as several individual coaching sessions. The closing was also an opportunity to use the learnings to identify the next steps in achieving a new performance threshold.

Be on the lookout for the case study on this mandate which will be published this Fall. It will allow you to discover, among other things, the various activities undertaken to contribute to the goals of Ganotec’s leaders.


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27 06/2016

The story of Maxime Boilard, founder of CANU

Président fondateur de CANU

To accelerate the development of leaders and teams during historically significant changes, in sports and in business. That is the mission that drives the daily activities of CANU, a commitment forged from the personal history of our founder Maxime Boilard.

Have you ever wondered what led this former canoeing specialist to get into business and to support organizations of all kinds in the transformations that they face?

This is the very question an article published last month in Le Soleil newspaper answers, as Maxime shares the journey that saw him use his athletic career and his post-athletic transition, to create a leading company in the development of leadership and performance.

Discover how Maxime’s Olympic experience has inspired the business niche of CANU in the article you can read here (article is in French).


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27 05/2016

Summer begins on a high note!

The new fiscal year comes with the announcement of several exciting partnerships for CANU.

In the coming weeks, we will begin working with scientists from the beauty-health-hygiene industries, with one of Canada’s largest engineering consulting firms, with asphalt and construction material production specialists, and finally – in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee – with high-potential national sport federation administrators, just a few weeks prior to the Rio 2016 Olympics.

These leaders all share one thing in common: their respective organizations are undergoing historic change. Whether achieved through new leadership, strategic shift, or cultural change, optimized performance is the end goal for our clients.

Learn more about the partners who will tag along as we launch our fiscal year!

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KDC-Knowlton is a leader in the manufacturing of consumer goods, whose clients include some of the world’s largest cosmetics and household products companies.

Our mandate: develop and deliver an interactive session that, through increased engagement, will aim to encourage all employees to take meaningful action to boost overall performance.

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Les Pavages Chenail Inc., a family business with annual revenues approaching $60 million, is in the midst of launching its business year under the theme of leadership.

Our mandate: through a water challenge experience, enable the Pavages Chenail Inc. team to embody the company’s recently-developed brand identity, mission, vision and values.

CIMA+, which employs over 2000 people, is a leader in the fields of engineering, project management, urban planning, new technologies and the environment.

Our mandate: deliver a program phased over several months that will include, amongst others, a water challenge experience, the development and use of video tutorials focused on leadership, and the facilitation of workshops at the company’s annual assembly for its 250+ partners and associate partners.

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The Canadian Olympic Committee acts as a catalyst for our country’s high performance sport success on the world stage. In order to maintain standards for excellence in all national sport federations, the COC focuses on leadership development for administrators.

Our mandate: deliver a two-day experience to coincide with the launch of a new development program designed for high-potential administrators looking to assume key roles in Canada’s sport landscape.


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