Celina Caesar-Chavannes ran for the Liberal Party in a 2014 by-election. She was defeated by the Conservative candidate, former Whitby Mayor Pat Perkins, but opted to run again in 2015. She has been named Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of International Development.
Caesar-Chavannes is a successful entrepreneur running her own health care research management firm. She was the Toronto Board of Trade’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 and won the 2007 Black Business and Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur Award.
Before becoming an MP, Caesar-Chavannes worked as a research consultant for private, government and nongovernment organization. Caesar-Chavannes has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and an MBA in Healthcare Management. She is a candidate for an Executive MBA. She is an international lecturer working towards the inclusion of marginalized populations in clinical research.
She is a former member of the Governing Council at the University of Toronto and a former Vice-Chair of Campus Council at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. Caesar-Chavannes was also a member of of the Institutional Advisory Board with CIHR’s Institute of Neuroscience Mental Health and Addiction.
Caesar-Chavannes is a proud member of the Congress of Black Women. She was born in Grenada.
She is married and has three children.