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Sebastien Sasseville

Endurance Athlete | Change Management
& Leadership Expert | Author


Sebastien 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, Sebastien 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, Sebastien 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.

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

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Why you want Sebastien Sasseville +


Already a veteran motivational speaker with over 300 presentations throughout North America, including a TEDx talk, his accomplishments include summiting Mount Everest, running across Canada and completing the mythical Sahara race. These monumental feats are made all the more impressive by the fact that he lives with Type 1 Diabetes.


Sebastien’s unique and inspirational story is a testament to how challenges and change can be turned into opportunities. His accomplishments include summiting Mount Everest, running across Canada and completing the mythical Sahara race. From Mount Everest to the Sahara, Sebastien had to transform himself to survive and conquer. As if it wasn’t enough, his accomplishments are made all the more impressive by the fact that he lives with Type 1 Diabetes. A massive change in his life which he transformed in opportunity.


Sebastien Sasseville ran across Canada, climbed mount Everest, and completed the mythical Sahara race. For each of his accomplishments, leadership speaker Sebastien Sasseville had to assemble a strong team, but more importantly, create a mission. A mission that was more important than individual success.


To fund his expeditions, Sebastien has sold sponsorships worth over 3 million dollars to five large corporations. As a business speaker, Sebastien shares the strategies for success he has learned over the year. Rule #1, always create a mission that everyone want to be part of. This powerful talk aims to transform attitudes and ignite the desire to win in all sales representatives. Sebastien dissects the logic of success, demonstrates why sales representatives should always set goals above the expectations of the organization and how to maintain performance in changing environments.


Bilingual speaker Sébastien Sasseville worked for large companies during the first 10 years of his career. Turning his incredible experiences into concrete lessons applicable to the business world, Sasseville marries business with inspiration to speak on change management, resilience, peak performance, trust, humility, failure and leadership. His inner fortitude, key insights and authenticity come from an ability to draw from lessons provided by seeking great personal challenges and to apply them to today’s most pressing and complex business concerns. --

Popular Presentations:

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.” — Sebastien Sasseville

Sebastien 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, Sebastien 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. --

Safety and Risk +

Running across Canada, the Sahara Desert and climbing Everest involved a lot of risk and focus on how to stay safe.  In this Keynote Sebastien shares why he was successul in every goal he set for himself and what he learned about staying safe and evaluating risk.  It's not about what you do but instead, it's about what you fail to notice and fail to acknowledge. --

Sebastien Sasseville is represented by K&M Productions. For more information, speaking fees, date availability and booking speaker Sebastien Sasseville, contact us.

What Clients are Saying

What enthusiasm! The stories and life lessons Sébastien shares impacted all audience members. It was a privilege to hear him speak and we strongly recommend him for future events!



What enthusiasm! The stories and life lessons Sébastien shares impacted all audience members. It was a privilege to hear him speak and we strongly recommend him for future events!


Our clients loved his energy, his ambition and his storytelling skills! Sébastien was able to prepare a conference tailored to our needs and to include our message with great delicacy. Sébastien helped us reach out to our clients and develop our business. He was definitely an excellent speaker choice!



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