Celina Caesar-Chavannes is the Member of Parliament for Whitby and also serves as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development.
Celina has deep roots in Whitby, where she lives with her husband and three children. Prior to her election, she was a successful entrepreneur and the recipient of the Toronto Board of Trade’s Business Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 and the 2007 Black Business and Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur Award. In addition, she has worked with a variety of private, government and non-government organizations as a celebrated research consultant. As a result of her work, Celina is a well-known international lecturer on the inclusion of marginalized populations in clinical research.
Celina has a Bachelor of Science, an MBA in Healthcare Management and is an Executive MBA graduate. She is a past member of the Governing Council at the University of Toronto, and past Vice Chair of Campus Council at University of Toronto Scarborough. She also sat as member of the Institutional Advisory Board with CIHR’s Institute of Neuroscience Mental Health and Addiction, and is a member of the Congress of Black Women.
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, Minister of Health, was elected as the Member of Parliament for Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe in 2015.
Ginette was the former Chair of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women and a member of the Coalition for Pay Equity. She battled for social issues, has volunteered with several community organizations, both provincially and locally, including the Coalition Against Abuse in Relationships and the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Suicide Prevention Committee in Moncton.
Ginette was the Codiac RCMP Victim Services Coordinator, where she provided crisis counselling, domestic violence intervention, and domestic violence risk assessment to victims of crime. She also served on the City of Moncton’s Public Safety Advisory Committee, which was commissioned by Moncton City Council in 1996, to proactively influence the community through crime prevention promotion and to help Council respond to problematic issues as they arise.
Ginette grew up in Dieppe and graduated from l’Université de Moncton with a degree in social work.
The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, was elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament on October, 2015.
Seamus spent almost a decade as the host of Canada AM on CTV where he developed a deep appreciation for the country’s strengths and its unique place in the world. As a journalist, he traveled the globe, from Antarctica to Afghanistan, interviewing leaders and newsmakers about the most critical issues of the day. Earlier in his career, Seamus worked as senior policy advisor to former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Brian Tobin. He also worked as executive assistant to former provincial Justice Minister Ed Roberts.
Seamus holds a Master of Philosophy Degree from the University of Cambridge. He has studied politics at St. Francis Xavier University and University College, Dublin, and business studies at INSEAD in Paris.
He was a National Ambassador for Bell’s Let’s Talk campaign, working diligently to remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues.