Teamwork and collaboration

« The picture of someone standing on the top of Mount Everest is not a representation of success. It is the representation of someone who is part of success. »


The view from the top is better when shared. Sebastien Sasseville is one of the most inspiring motivational speaker on teamwork and collaboration. His presentations are loaded with practical tools to help promote collaboration within organizations so that we can reach the top, as a team.

When Sébastien Sasseville climbed Mount Everest and ran across Canada, he had to rally a team around his dream by demonstrating that it had value for everyone. The secret to his success? A strong, united team with a clear mission that served the interests of the entire group.


A team that gets results is one in which members use their strengths each and every day.

During his cross-country run, Sébastien had a small ground crew composed of only himself and his logistics manager, Patrick St-Martin. Together, they managed dozens of people who helped make the journey a success. Sébastien and Patrick capitalized on their strengths to create a powerful partnership. A team is not merely a group of people who share work. It is a group that allows each member to reach his or her potential. And employees who reach their potential are happier, more efficient and ultimately more loyal.


Whether in suits or work boots, success is only attainable as a team. Not only do you need to know your role, you should also know the roles of everyone on your team so that you can help when the time comes. On Mount Everest, knowing your role and working together are guarantors of success… and survival. The same is true in a competitive corporate environment. If we want to survive, we need to work together.

Effective teams know how to create a climate of psychological safety. Each member must feel that they have room to fail, that they can share their mistakes, so that the team can learn from them.


Sébastien climbed Mount Everest with the help of an unusual team: an amputee, a 71-year-old man, a Type 1 diabetic (Sébastien), a mountaineer with Crohn’s disease… and one team member without any health problems. But together, the team was able to turn these individual weaknesses into collective strength. Teamwork is about exposing your weaknesses. Because of these weaknesses, Sébastien and his team took more time to prepare and communicated more effectively, sharing information that was vital to the team’s success and safety. And the team was stronger for it.


A rising tide lifts all boats. For a team to be successful, the mission must be more important than individual success. Performance improves when team members work together, share information and prioritize the success of the organization.


If we look beyond the testimonials and famous quotes, science has much to teach us about teamwork and collaboration. In this conference, Sébastien presents recent research findings and applies them to the corporate world.


  • Creating a climate of psychological safety within the team
  • Turning individuals weaknesses into one collective strength
  • Working together to improve performance
  • Celebrating diversity to improve collaboration
  • Creating a mission that is more important than individual success
  • Flourishing as part of a team: building on individual strengths
  • Defining your role, understanding the roles of others
  • Excelling in business by creating a culture of collaboration


  • High energy, moving, funny and highly inspirational!
  • Supported by breathtaking visuals
  • 45-60-75-90 minutes
  • Each presentation is tailored to your objectives and the issues at stake. Sébastien will work closely with your team to create a presentation with maximum impact that will help foster teamwork and collaboration.


When the cause is bigger than the obstacle, leadership makes sense. In all his projects, from Everest to the Sahara and crossing Canada to the race, Sébastien Sasseville has built strong teams aligned on a solid mission.

In 2014, Sebastien traveled a total of 7,200 kilometers in the race to cross Canada from East to West: Five or six marathons a week for more than nine months. Conductor of the Run Across Canada project, Sébastien led a team composed of numerous stakeholders: Public relations firm, film crew, ground logistics, financing and relations with sponsors, events, volunteers and media. After each marathon, Sébastien found energy for what he affectionately called “the second shift”.

Where did he get this energy? “In a why, a cause that was bigger than all the pitfalls,” he answers simply. Determination and leadership that inspired and brought the entire team together for the duration of the project. Behind the runner is the story of three multinationals and hundreds of people who have joined forces to bring this nearly $ 1 million project to fruition and inspire thousands of Canadians. The result of strong, humble and powerful leadership. Like what sometimes to be a leader, we do not even need words, but simply to act with conviction.

Contact Sebastien for more Information about his motivational keynote on teamwork.

  • Sébastien Sasseville was more than inspiring, and he is an excellent communicator who has given us an impressive energy and motivation through his sports and life experiences. The topics of his lecture and his words of wisdom allow us to believe in ourselves, to go beyond obstacles and to reach our own peaks with our own actions. Sébastien Sasseville has been of great value. Thanks again Sébastien!

    National Bank

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