Sebastien Sasseville

Sébastien Sasseville

Athlete | Change Management and Leadership Expert | Author

Sébastien Sasseville empowers leaders to lead with purpose and inspires organizations to embrace change. An endurance athlete, his extraordinary accomplishments — which include summiting Mount Everest, completing the mythical Sahara race, and running across Canada — are made even more impressive by the fact that he lives with Type 1 Diabetes. Having held diverse sales roles in several Fortune 500 companies, Sébastien marries his extensive business experience with his inspirational achievements to deliver dynamic messaging on change management, leadership, and teamwork.

Whether in the elements or in business, Sébastien stresses the power of agility when it comes to being open to the power of change and transformation. When we face a transformation, he believes, we must sometimes accept that we don’t have all the answers when we start. By taking a first step and allowing the experience to unfold, we can often find the answers in the journey.

Sébastien raised over three million dollars in sponsorship proposals to fund his Mount Everest climb, his run across Canada, and their supporting global marketing campaigns. As he says, “when the mission is more important than individual success, you build an army.”

Supported by powerful imagery, unique accomplishments, and known for awe-inspiring stories, Sébastien has spoken to hundreds of audiences across North America, for clients including RBC, Johnson & Johnson, Bell, SAP, L’Oreal, and Hewitt, helping them to create enthusiasm about business transformation, build resilience, and evolve to win.

Fully bilingual, Sébastien has been featured in media including the CBC, TSN, The Huffington Post, CTV, Global TV, Radio-Canada, and countless newspapers.

Athlète, auteur et conférencier, Sébastien Sasseville a occupé divers rôles en grande entreprise pendant les dix premières années de sa carrière. Comme conférencier, sa force réside en sa capacité à bâtir des liens solides entre l’aventure sportive et le monde corporatif. Transformé par ses réalisations et déjà un conférencier vétéran, il a livré des centaines de présentations sur quatre continents, dont une conférence TEDx. Sébastien est passionné par les thèmes de la gestion du changement, du leadership et du travail d’équipe.

Diagnostiqué avec le diabète de type 1 en 2002, la forme la plus grave du diabète, il montre par l’action que l’adversité peut être transformée en opportunité. Sébastien Sasseville a atteint le sommet du mont Everest et complété la mythique course du Sahara. C’est en 2014 qu’il relève le défi de sa vie : une traversée du Canada à la course de Saint-Jean de Terre-Neuve à Vancouver : 7500 kilomètres, soit 180 marathons en neuf mois.

Supporté par un audiovisuel à couper le souffle, Sébastien Sasseville provoque des réflexions profondes, il motive et il inspire l’action. Conférencier recherché, il aide les organisations à aborder le changement avec enthousiasme pour livrer des résultats extraordinaires dans des environnements en transformation.


From Mount Everest to the Sahara: Inspiring Transformation and Change

Top organizations are in a constant evolution — continuously transforming, and most importantly, always moving forward.

From Mount Everest to the Sahara to running across Canada, Sébastien Sasseville had to had to learn how to maintain peak performance while in rapidly changing environments to survive and conquer. He walks organizations through the keys to creating corporate agility and achieving successful transformation — embracing discomfort and building resiliency — while showing leaders how to inspire forward-thinking and high-performing teams.

Key messages include:

  • Performance through transformation: what do we need to stop doing?
  • Flexibility is a strategy for success, not a response to failure.
  • The cost of inaction. If you aren’t transforming, your competitors are. The cost of not trying is greater than the cost of failing.
  • Change is a culture, not an action.
  • Managing and adapting to threats before they arrive: notice, acknowledge, respond
  • And more!

The Mission: A Purpose Driven Leadership Story

“You don’t have to tell people what to do when you start by giving them something to believe in.” — Sébastien Sasseville

Sébastien Sasseville built and led high performing teams by creating a mission people wanted to be a part of — A run across Canada that attracted four large enterprises to sponsor and hundreds of volunteers; A climb to the top of the world financed by a fortune 100 enterprise and a campaign designed to inspire millions of people.

Ultimately, your ability to lead is directly connected to your ability to inspire. In his inspirational, deeply moving, and dynamic talks, Sébastien shares leadership lessons he learned on his high-pressure journeys and shows leaders how to lead with purpose, create engagement, and cultivate environments where all team members can deliver their best work.

One Step at a Time: Thriving in Change to Win the Long Game

From a run across Canada that was equivalent to 180 marathons in nine months, to a two-month climb to the top of Mt Everest and the infamous Sahara race, endurance athlete Sébastien Sasseville knows a thing or two about high performance in changing environments, resilience, endurance, and self-motivation.

This inspirational session offers a practical guide to winning the long game and learning how to pivot quickly to thrive in perpetually evolving environments. Leaders and teams will also discover how to best build a culture of agility to deliver extraordinary results in extraordinary times.

Supported by breathtaking visuals, this unique presentation lifts spirits, bolsters engagement, and inspires audiences to take that first step in meeting any challenge.

Audiences will learn how to:

  • Develop endurance to win the long game.
  • Embrace change to build a culture of agility.
  • Increase resilience.
  • Boost engagement.
  • Eliminate unintentional complacency.
  • Adapt quickly and self-motivate.
  • Move teams into action.

 This virtual presentation via Zoom includes a 30-60-minute keynote, plus Q&A. Sasseville’s fee includes five free copies of his book, One Step at a Time.

The Mission: A Leadership Story

Sébastien Sasseville helps leaders to build compelling missions to generate engagement, win the long game, and deliver extraordinary results in extraordinary times.

An accomplished endurance athlete, Sasseville has built, led, and inspired high-performing teams to accomplish astonishing achievements. This includes a run across Canada, which was brought to life by hundreds of individuals with a shared vision to empower kids; a climb to the top of Mount Everest, which was supported by a marketing campaign designed to inspire millions of patients; and a 250-kilometer run in the Sahara to illustrate the transformational journey of one of the world’s tech giants.

Supported by breathtaking imagery, this awe-inspiring session offers a practical guide to thrive in perpetually evolving environments. Leaders will also explore the leadership behaviours, communication, and self-management skills required to lead in challenging times.

Audiences will learn how to:

  • Lead, communicate, and inspire during storms.
  • Generate engagement during adversity.
  • Create safety to enable performance.
  • Build a learning culture.
  • Build a resilient culture.
  • Self-motivate and motivate employees.
  • Lead with purpose.
  • Manage emotions, anxiety, and fear.

This virtual presentation via Zoom includes a 30-60-minute keynote, plus Q&A. Sasseville’s fee includes five free copies of his book, One Step at a Time.

Journey to the Summit Program: Three Custom In-Depth Sessions

Set off on a transformational adventure with three masterfully integrated sessions that will move your team from base camp to the summit! Sébastien Sasseville will help your leaders and organizations deliver extraordinary results in changing environments.

In three customized sessions, Sasseville will deliver content that is relevant, compelling, and engaging to help your team reach their goals.

This program will:

  • Generate motivation and build sustainable momentum.
  • Create a shared, impactful experience for all participants.
  • Provide concrete tools to address impactful topics.
  • Increase performance with a coordinated and customized program.
  • Provide content in bite-size sessions for ease of implementation.

Session 1: Base Camp

A massively motivating session to lift spirits and inspire action, this session will cover:

  • Taking the first step
  • Setting goals
  • Preparation and strategy
  • Culture of engagement
  • Self-motivation
  • Finding purpose
  • Leadership

Session 2: The Ascent

Adapt, innovate, and build a culture of resilience and agility to overcome all obstacles. This session will cover:

  • Agility and adaptation
  • Learning organization
  • Resilience
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Winning the long game
  • Evolution of roles
  • Leading change

Session 3: Reaching the Top

In this session, Sasseville will help your team to deliver their best performance when it matters most. He’ll cover:

  • Execution
  • Culture of excellence
  • Peak performance
  • Endurance
  • Teamwork
  • Efficient collaborations
  • Setting new goals

This program is three 30-minute sessions, each with their own Q&A and pre-event orientation call. Each session is supported by breathtaking audiovisuals, and can be delivered in person or virtually.