University of Ottawa’s Human Resources offers a new virtual Express Coaching service built to meet managers’ needs on-demand and in a customized fashion. Express Coaching will support you in exercising mobilizing leadership, in recognizing your employees and in fostering their engagement in these exceptional times.

Managers in the leadership program expressed the need for on-the-spot, goal-focused discussions as often as they would like, especially during the COVID-19 circumstances in order to manage stress, to think clearly, to ensure self-care and to support their employees’ well-being during extraordinary lightening speed changes.

Express Coaching is a common practice in organizations that support a human-centric leadership approach – essential in times of crisis! UOttawa wishes to support you and your employees because you matter and we care!

Express Coaching consists of a 20 to 60-minute in-the-moment coaching sessions with a certified coach that takes place at opportune times throughout the workday and on line through MS Teams or Zoom.

Book your coaching session now: Book a coach

Discover our coaches:

Sophie Ménard


I am a practitioner-researcher with a passion and dedication to engaging staff through learning and development in the workplace. I work closely with managers and executives to foster individuals to thrive in a changing workplace.

Coaching Expertise

I specialize in leadership development through coaching. I coach management teams and managers in both academic and administrative roles.

I understand academics since I have been a full time professor, curriculum director and undergraduate supervisor in a faculty.

In addition to my coaching practice, I am a researcher committed to contributing to knowledge in the field of organizational coaching. I have also been teaching the Leadership and Coaching course at the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa for the past few years.

Applied Coaching

Since 2015, I have led the Leadership, Learning and Organizational Development (LADO) sector within the Human Resources Department at the University of Ottawa. I have the pleasure of working with and coaching specialists in learning and change management.

The sector I lead carries out strategic planning and organizational change and coaching mandates. Some examples of institutional programs that fall under the LADO’s mandate are: the Recognition and Engagement Program, the Leadership and Management Program, the Coaching Program and the Performance Management Program.

Strategic Thinking, Cross-Cutting Approach and Mobilization of People

I was the project leader for Transformation 2030 - the University of Ottawa's strategic planning process, as well as the project to develop the framework for teaching excellence and academic success.

I also mentor the Vice-President, Planning, Programming and External Relations, Université Alassane Ouattara, Côte d'Ivoire.

I am also a founding member of the Forum francophone de la recherche sur le coaching.

Academic Traning

  • Doctorat in education. Thesis subject: The study of the relationships between intervention strategies of coaches and types of insight in executive coaching. 
  • Masters in Education (specialization in Angragogy)
  • Bachelor in Psychology

Coaching clients since 2005

  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • University of Ottawa
  • Saint Paul University
  • Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
  • National Defence (DND)
  • Health Canada (HC)
  • Télé-Québec
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
  • NavCanada
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
  • CALACS francophone d'Ottawa
  • Ste-Anne's Hospital, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue
  • Transport Canada (TC)
  • SITQ, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
  • Justice Canada
  • Amnesty International, Canada
  • Association of Franco-Ontarian Education Managers (AGEFO)
  • Greenpeace Canada
  • Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital


Sylvie Séguin Brant

"You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness".  Brené Brown

Sylvie is an Integral Master Coach ™ that is motivated by being of service to individuals with leadership aspirations while creating a safe environment that allows individuals to develop in areas that are most meaningful to them.

Her respect of individuality and diversity in a complex environment is part of the integrated coaching approach she uses to support clients’ development.  This creates the opportunity for clients to gain greater clarity, insights and awareness resulting in measurable and sustainable results.

Sylvie is an authentic and courageous leader who brings her dynamic style, her strategic thinking and listening skills to the sessions.

She is a seasoned senior executive with over twenty years’ experience as a senior executive in the federal public services.  She has extensive experience in strategic planning, policy development, operations, developing and implementing programs and leading transformations.

Sylvie is an Integral Master Coach™ and is an Associate Certified Coach under the International Coaching Federation (ICF).  Sylvie earned credentials in leadership psychometrics, - emotional intelligence (EQi 2.0). Sylvie holds a Bachelor honours degree in Psychology and a Master in Education with thesis entitled “Meaning Making: Daily Realities of Aboriginal Students Residing on the Territory and Attending Secondary School off the Territory.”

Sylvie likes to greet the day with a nice walk with her dog while enjoying the outdoors. She loves to play soccer, cycle, watch hockey, read, travel and more importantly have a great laugh with family and friends.  She currently lives in Ottawa with her husband Kevin and their two boys who are entering adulthood.

Rachel Ouellette

Rachel Ouellette has worked for more than twenty years as a manager in senior administration at the University of Ottawa. In this capacity, she has had the opportunity to coach many employees and colleagues through various projects or specific challenges they faced. Over the past few months, she sought to further enhance her skills in this field through intensive training at a renowned coaching school. Rachel is also a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).  

Her professional areas of management expertise include project design, development and direction, strategic planning, human and financial resource management, organizational development, and results and performance evaluation. Rachel is recognized for her leadership and ability to mobilize teams and achieve results.  

Over the years, Rachel has had the opportunity to demonstrate her communication, presentation and facilitation skills in many internal and external committees and groups, composed of stakeholders from various backgrounds, in a multidisciplinary environment.  

Robert Ryan

Robert comes to the Coaching Team at Human Resources, uOttawa with over 138 hours of specialized training with Integral Coaching Canada™ and is certified as an Integral Professional Coach™. This training program exceeds the accreditation requirements of the International Coaching Federation.  In addition to his work as a coach, Robert has held leadership positions as a staff member and a fundraising consultant to universities in Canada, the United States and Europe, the Canadian and American governments and two international NGOs.  Prior to joining the Telfer School of Management as the Manager of Faculty Development, Robert was the VP of Philanthropy at SOS Children's Villages Canada. Before that, he was the VP for Development at the Canadian Museum of History (CMH).  Originally from Rhode Island, Robert earned a BA in History from Vassar College and a Masters in Management for the Canadian Voluntary Sector from McGill University.  When not coaching or fundraising, Robert volunteers with Ottawa Therapy Dogs with his beloved labradoodle, Zippity Do Dah and sings with the Laurence Ewashko Singers, a leading choral ensemble in Ottawa.  


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