Member of Parliament
Celina Caesar-Chavannes represents the people of Ashburn, Brooklin, Myrtle and Whitby in the House of Commons of Canada. Prior to being elected as the Member of Parliament for Whitby, Ms. Caesar-Chavannes successfully ran a research management consulting firm focused on neurological research from 2005 to 2015. Through her firm, Ms. Caesar-Chavannes became a well-known research consultant across private and government sectors and non-governmental organizations. Her work required her to build and manage effective collaborations across a wide range of interests and perspectives, and has many years of experience managing complex projects involving industry, federal agencies, health care professionals, researchers and patient advocacy groups. Due to her accomplishments within her firm, she was the recipient of the 2007 Black Business and Professional Association’s Harry Jerome “Young Entrepreneur” Award and the 2012 Toronto Board of Trade’s Business “Entrepreneur of the Year”.
During Ms. Caesar-Chavannes’ tenure as Member of Parliament for Whitby, she has advocated for racial and gender equity, and access to mental health services, among others. In addition to her role as Member of Parliament for Whitby, she served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from December 2015 to January 2017 and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie from January 2017 to August 2018.
Ms. Caesar-Chavannes holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, an MBA in Healthcare Management, and an Executive MBA from the Rotman School of Management. She is a past member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, the Institutional Advisory Board of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Congress of Black Women.