About Sylvie

Sylvie has a broad work and life experience which gives her a unique perspective on client needs and challenges. Before becoming a certified executive coach, she spent 25+ years working in federal and provincial cultural and science organizations, 10 of them directly with leaders. She has influenced hundreds of managers through her many leadership and advisory positions, playing an active role in strategic planning, mentorship, change management, workshop design & delivery, communities of practice and other learning & development initiatives focused on people and engagement. She has coached managers and staff through many changes, helping them better deal with change, communicate with others, design and facilitate their meetings, clarify their thinking, and stay on track and true to their vision. She has herself experienced many personal and professional transitions—geology, conservation, communications, administration, management—and the challenges of self-employment.

Sylvie is an Associate Certified Coach of the International Coaching Federation and licenced trainer for Coaching Out of the Box ® coaching-skills program. She is a graduate of Royal Roads University (Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching), Queen’s University (Masters of Art Conservation) and the University of Ottawa (Bachelor of Science, Geology). She is a life-long learner, fascinated by the mind/ body/ spirit connection and the influence of beliefs & intuition on behaviour and results. She has explored this through other disciplines, such as Yogatherapy (YYT 200 hours), Reiki (level 3), Matrix Energetics (certified practitioner) and modalities such as energy medecine or Journey work. She is also a Reiki Master and member of the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Canada (ANN).

Sylvie enjoys activities such as travel, yoga, singing, skiing, cycling and spending time with friends, family for balance and perspective. She volunteers for Capital Vox Jazz Choir, and also offers support to people with physical and mental challenges.

She speaks English and French fluently and holds her own in Spanish.

Work history

  • Special Advisor, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Ottawa (2011-2012)
  • Manager, Strategic Planning, Reporting, Evaluation and Internal Communications, PHAC, Ottawa (2010- 2011)
  • Manager, Strategic Planning and Business Operations, PHAC, Ottawa (2009)
  • Managers’ Network Manager, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Ottawa (2008)
  • Senior Learning & Development Advisor, AAFC, Ottawa (2008-2009)
  • Mentoring Program Manager, AAFC, Ottawa (2007-2008)
  • Manager, Board of Directors (Environment), AAFC, Ottawa (2003-2007)
  • Senior Communications Officer, AAFC, Ottawa (2001-2003)
  • Senior Communications Officer, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa (1999-2001)
  • Media Relations Officer, Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN), Gatineau (1998)
  • Senior Conservator, CMN, Gatineau (1993-1998)
  • Senior Conservator, Musée de la civilisation, Québec (1989-1992)
  • Conservator, Parks Canada, Quebec (1986-1989)