Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Entrepreneur, Former Elected Official and Author

Celina Caesar-Chavannes is a business consultant, coach and international speaker. She currently serves as the Sr. Advisor, EDI Initiatives and Adjunct Lecturer at Queen’s University. Her memoir, “Can You Hear Me Now?” was published by Penguin Random House Canada in 2021. She was the former Member of Parliament for Whitby, Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Parliamentary Secretary for International Development. During her term as a Member of Parliament, Celina was awarded several distinctions including a feature in the April 2018 edition of O (Oprah Winfrey) Magazine entitled, “What would you stand up for and named Chatelaine Magazine’s Woman of the Year (2019).


She has a Bachelor of Science, an MBA in Healthcare Management and an Executive MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

Click here to order your copy of Celina’s book, “Can You Hear Me Now?”


Transformational Leadership – A 10 Step Guide to Transformative Leadership 


Ten easy to follow, practical, lessons and strategies to transform your life and maximize your potential


In this talk, Celina reveals the top 10 lessons she curated as an award-winning entrepreneur and continued to use throughout her political career. Through engaging anecdotes, funny stories and practical examples, she paints a clear picture of how individual leaders can thrive in their lives and organizations. From being on stage with Prince to dreadful stories of potentially irritating First Lady Michelle Obama, Celina is as vulnerable, as she is vibrant in this presentation, and it all starts with the first step to transformation.


This session is offered as a 1 hour keynote, interactive session or half day workshop with curriculum, actionable lessons and take home exercises.

Inequity in Equity: the shortcomings of traditional diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)


Investing in DEI is easy. The challenge is getting a return on your investment. Most organizations do not know where to start or where the real pain points exist to enable real returns. In this presentation, Celina starts with the foundational elements, then shows through clear pictures and examples how most organizations continue to create inequity. Finally, she will help you understand what it is costing you and how you can fix it.


These talks leave audiences feeling refreshed and knowledgeable and gives people the tools to overcome the challenges that limit creating real equity, and build brighter futures for their organizations.

Fear Forward 


How to transform your organizational culture, and implement successful strategies by capitalizing on fear.


Why would anyone deliberately leverage fear to build back better? Because fear, in moderation, activates the amygdala, hypothalamus, and locus coeruleus of the brain, and has been used for centuries, to help us win. From fighting a sabre-toothed tiger to some other, more contemporary, threats, fear can compel us to do incredible things. By understanding how fear works to drive success, organizations can build innovative connections and create the environment to pay attention to the unusual suspects.

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