12 08/2016
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CANU Partner / Athlete Updates: Some go to Rio, some stay home

Last week was high in emotion as the Russian 200m double Kayak crew was disqualified and the international selections were realigned. The refusal of Sweden to send a crew created an opportunity for Canada, who had closed the door on their Olympic journey when they failed to qualify in the Continentals. In an unanticipated and unprecedented outcome, Canoeing Canada had a few days to choose which athletes would take part in the competition. Their decision was that our collaborators, Ryan Cochrane and Hugues Fournel will team up in Rio. Étienne Morneau and Marc-Alexandre Gagnon will be left home.

All of us at CANU are feeling bittersweet, empathetic with our athlete partners who remain behind, as they deal with the harsh reality of the sport, but extremely excited for those we can cheer for in Rio. Their races start on August 17.

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12 08/2016
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Maxime Boilard teams up with la Presse + for Rio

During the Olympic games in Rio, our founder will contribute a weekly editorial in the Saturday Debates section of la Presse +. Maxime’s mission: to enrich the Olympic experience for la Presse readers.

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27 06/2016
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An emotional closing with Ganotec

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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
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The story of Maxime Boilard, founder of CANU

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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
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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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25 04/2016
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Record year in the books for CANU!

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46 mandates
26 different clients
4,661 individuals lived the CANU experience
19 Canadian and American cities visited to execute mandates
19 experienced coaches and athletes involved as CANU Team collaborators

The above highlights what has been our most memorable and successful fiscal year since our founding in 2007.

The most recent chapter in our history was punctuated by the development of our new Embodying Performance brand, the creation of unique experiences for our clients, partners and collaborators, as well as the execution of mandates in cities like Montreal, Miami and Panoroma, British Columbia. Reflecting on a year filled with so many great memories, we begin our next chapter excited about the challenges that lie ahead.

As we begin our 10th year, we look forward to our continued collaboration in growing  our community of leaders developing fulfilling performance cultures in both sport and business !Thank you for contributing to our success!

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25 04/2016
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A new home for our community

The new CANU YouTube channel was created to share client stories, informational clips and other relevant content on a regular basis.

It will be home to a selection of videos aimed at assisting you in achieving your business objectives by accelerating individual and collective progress.

We invite you to visit the channel here, to watch and share content, and to provide us with your preferences.

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25 04/2016
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Follow our collaborators in their efforts to qualify for Rio 2016

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From May 4th to May 8th, CANU team members still competing on the world stage will attempt to qualify for this summer’s Rio Olympic Games.

Follow Étienne, Angus, Marc-Alexandre, Maxim, Pierre-Luc and Hugues as they compete for Olympic berths.

For all the latest updates and to hear from the athletes themselves, click on any of the following links:

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