Testimonials & Clients
The rich diverseness of Richard's clients is a testament to the
universality and applied value of his approach. A sample of his
The Banff Centre Development Office - See Case
Movie Central / Shaw
Toronto Dominion Bank
The National Screen Institute - Canada - See Case
The Canadian Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
Curve Technologies Software Development - See Case
Advantage Energy Income Trust
Tiverton Petroleum - See Case
Conseil de Dévelopement Économique de l’Alberta
(Economic Development Council of Alberta)
Samson Exploration - See Case
Alberta Treasury Branches
The Town of Banff
The Toronto Board of Trade
Cadillac Fairview Corporation
The Canadian National Nordic Combined Team
Canadian Men's National Rugby Teams
In addition to these, through individual coaching programs, Richard
has worked with corporate leaders, professional hockey players,
golfers, figure skaters, ski racers and many other accomplished
professional athletes, including several Olympians.
Becoming World Champion was the most complicated simple thing I have ever done.... My sport was simply an arena in which Richard helped me learn about myself. An arena in which I became me and achieved my potential!
-- Jeff Pain, 2006 Olympic Silver Medal, Skeleton; 2003,
2005 World Champion, Skeleton; 2005, 2006 World Overall Champion,
Skeleton -- see Case Study
I knew after struggling through my second season on the world
cup tour that my biggest problem was handling pressure and distractions.
I wanted to work with someone who could help teach me how to manage
all of these things. I believed that success would come eventually,
but I needed to learn how to approach my competitions better.
Richard has been a tremendous influence on my season. He has helped
me to feel more prepared, more confident, and more relaxed at the
start line. He has helped me put everything into perspective and
this has allowed me to focus on a much more simple and clear objective
going into my races. Now I can compete and enjoy the experience…and
not be afraid of the outcome. He has helped me learn how to honestly
evaluate every aspect of my competitions and gain as much knowledge
as possible from every experience. I am become a better athlete
and a better competitor because of this new approach.
-- Helen Upperton, Pilot Canada One (Bobsled); 2006 Olympian;
First Canadian Woman to win a Gold Medal on the World Cup Circuit
-- see Case Study
As a retired member of the Canadian rugby team, I reached the top
of my game as a direct result of Richard’s sport psychology counselling.
Specifically, his feedback mechanisms allowed me to develop specific
aspects of my mental and physical game, and more importantly added
direction and intention to my training and performance.
As helpful as Richard’s advice was for my athletic career, the real
benefit has come to me in my retirement from rugby. Where other
high-end athletes have met with a feeling of dejection in their
retirement, I have clear intentions of where I want be and know
the actions needed to experience the lifestyle I want to live. Reflection
on my successes has helped me discover who I am and find out what
I really want in life. The best is yet to come.
-- Matt King
RWC 7s 2005
Captain Canada 7s
MVP Canada 7s
Richard, thanks for giving me the mental edge necessary to succeed.
-- Thomas Grandi, Olympic Downhill Skier and first Canadian
a podium finish in a technical event on the World Cup of ski racing
The complexity and time commitment required
from most Executive Change Programs makes many leadership teams
shy away from what could well be a value-adding initiative. Richard
Monette, however, has a unique style that cuts out the “fluff” and
focuses on simple, easy to comprehend and easy to execute improvements.
His background in coaching world-class athletes and sports teams
instantly translates into improved performance for corporations,
and helps Richard build a proactive, dynamic approach to executive
coaching. I recommend Richard to anyone interested in improving
the bottom-line results generated by their leadership teams.
-- Bill Dirks, former president and CEO of Samson Canada
(Current President and CEO of Tecton Energy and Tecton Energy Canada)
- see Case Study
One of Richard's greatest strengths is that he has inherent business
wisdom – it doesn't matter the discipline within an industry or
crossing industry boundaries, his grasp of business principles and
the inter-relationship of, between and with management and employees
comes naturally to him and he grasps a situation quickly. As well,
his varied industry sports/business experience bring an effective
and highly interesting twist to his coaching – it allows for Richard
to coach an executive and provide them with extremely helpful insights
assisting the executive or manager, helping them better understand
and manage their daily tasks and deliver the organization’s strategic
-- Jim Urquhart, Vice-President Land and Development, Samson
-- see Case
As a technology company, we are experiencing very fast growth. Richard
has helped us to develop the skills required to effectively meet
the challenges and also capitalize on opportunities. His approach
produces tangible outcomes (results than can be measured) and practical
strategies that work in our fast paced environment.
Richard challenges our team, moving us out of our individual and
collective comfort zones and stretching our group to engage in candid
reflection on performance and results. We rely less on standard
problem solving approaches (a challenge that was holding us back)
and place a greater emphasis on social engineering to resolve our
challenges. We have a greater degree of candor amongst our management
team, and an improved level of communication overall.
-- Kevin Blanchette, Chief Operating Officer, curveDental
-- see Case Study
The clarity and purposefulness that Richard has brought to the way
we organize our days and our work has helped us achieve some very
good results, not just financially but also in terms of the effectiveness,
motivation and, also, the happiness of our team.
-- Sarah Hayes, Chief Development Officer, The Banff Centre
- see Case Study
Richard Monette communicates the methodology and skills that are
required to link planning and process in order to achieve superior
performance in business and life. I highly recommend his services.
-- Blake Lowden, President, Tiverton Petroleum
see Case Study
Tricon Solutions Inc. is a Calgary-based
Project Management firm specializing in IT. Richard was hired to
deliver a tailored session combining Going
for Gold and Lead on Purpose.
Here’s what Tricon's partners and consultants had to say about Richard’s
Our group was very satisfied and really enjoyed Richard Monette.
Personally I can tell you that his passion for what he does clearly
shows and he provided a very inspirational and motivating evening.
I really enjoyed the speaker. The most valuable learning was
the matrix that he took us through. I appreciate that you engaged
this speaker to help us with personal development.
I can apply the techniques that Richard discussed to make my
time at work more focused and productive – I can also apply to personal
I was most intrigued by Richard Monette's model of acting from
your internal purpose out and I liked the model he presented of
energy / focus quadrants. This makes a lot of sense and explains
why I can be busy busy busy without feeling a sense of accomplishment.
Retreating to your core strategic intention before deciding
what action to take" (most valuable takeaway from the session)
I may have already said this, but I also thought the speaker
was first rate. He had a solid process and an effective presentation
style. I am "reflecting" on how to put it into action.
Feedback from Richard's session titled Innovate
Yourself – Finding success in periods of change, delivered
at the 2006 conference of the Intercultural Second Languages Council
of the Alberta Teacher’s Association:
“Wow! I can’t say enough great things about this
session. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! This information you presented
was inspirational and invaluable. Thank you so much!”
“This “general” session is the first of its kind
I’ve ever attended at MLC/ISLC and I loved it. We definitely
should have more such sessions. It’s empowering!”
“Thank you so much. This was exactly what I needed today.
Very encouraging! (This session should be a half-day session).”
“It was a great session. Very meaningful, encouraging and
applicable for all teachers.”
“This one was really good! Richard exceeded my expectations.”
“It was great, but the time was so short. Please come back
to the teacher’s convention.”
“Richard Monette was very knowledgeable and inspirational.
He was a great presenter, but also gave good personal reflections
“This session was great! It should be a half day because it
requires a lot of introspection.”
When participants were asked to rate the presentation, Richard scored
Outstanding! Richard's content fit perfectly what we need to
do to achieve success in 2007.
-- Ross Meredith, General Manager, Sheraton Suites Calgary
- The presenter was knowledgeable: average score of 4/4 (100%)
- The presenter met my expectations: average score of 3.9/4 (98%)
- The session was well organized: average score of 3.9/4 (98%)
- The material/AV enhanced the presentation: average score of 3.9/4 (98%)
- on Richard's presentation to his management
team during a corporate retreat.
On behalf of the executive committee of 'Sharing the Stage' conference,
I would like to thank you very much for your inspirational presentation
to our FSL teachers during the conference 'Sharing the Stage' on
Jan 29-30, 2007. The purpose of the conference was to help the French
as a Second Language teachers better understand their curriculum
by using many strategies to reach that goal. Your keynote address
gave them hope and helped them understand the important and role
that they play as a teacher of a second language. Your very concrete
examples based on your own experience convinced everyone of the
need to balance their life be it professional, personal, social
and spiritual. It is the key to success and happiness! Teachers
often feel the pressure to be all to all people. Your presentation
made them realize that they must be happy and satisfied with themselves
first if they want to successfully fill in the very demanding mandate
of answering the many needs of their students.
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to our teachers and
to help them cope with their very busy life. You were the man of
the hour! Teachers evaluations revealed their great satisfaction
with your positive message. I wish you good luck in your future
endeavours and I hope that many other people will have the chance
to listen to your great presentations.
-- Lise May, Sharing the Stage conference coordinator
Focus, discipline, calculated risk taking and creativity are essential
components of a successful golfer's strategy. In the [Beyond Golf]
program, Richard demonstrates how to master and incorporate these
key element into everyday business and personal situations.
-- Gordon Smeaton, Vice President, International Marketing,
National Football League
Richard Monette is a brilliant, powerful and energetic speaker.
-- Cheryl Ashton, Executive Director, National Screen Institute
Canada - See Case Study
I realized Richard's presentation had connected with the participants
but it was not until days following the staff golf tournament that
I realized how much they took away from it. While most golf tournaments
are memorable for anecdotal golf tales, our event was much more
valuable because days later staff members were still referencing
keys learning from the presentation. Richard exceeded the expectations
of our management team by introducing an element of professional
development that took a standard company golf day to a whole new
-- J. Van Zeumeren, VP Marketing, Movie Central
Through the Tee to Green program, I have learned to enhance my ability
to focus on the task at hand, work in the present and my ability
to plan strategically on a daily basis.
-- Linda Kepler, Team Leader, TransAlta Utilities
Testimonials for Richard's Purposeful
Leadership One-Day Workshop
Testimonials for Beyond Golf, Keynote
Testimonials for The Gift, Richard's