The day after Canada’s 2015 federal election dawned with the Liberal Party of Canada having won 184 of the 338 seats. Heading to Ottawa as part of the new government will be New College’s very own Celina Caesar-Chavannes, who is now MP for Whitby after edging out the Conservative incumbent in a tightly-fought race.
This was Celina’s second foray into federal politics: in the 2014 by-election in Whitby-Oshawa, she stood for the Liberal Party of Canada and, while she was runner-up on that occasion, she proved a worthy opponent – the Liberal vote increased to nearly three times its level in the 2011 election.
Celina graduated from New College in 1998 with a BSc in biology, and went on to an MBA in healthcare management as well as an executive MBA. She has lectured internationally on the inclusion of marginalized populations in clinical research, has served on U of T’s Governing Council and is past vice chair of Campus Council at U of T Scarborough.
As a New College alumna, she is a participant in our career mentorship program, offering support and advice to current students as they begin their journeys into the world of work. A successful entrepreneur, she founded ReSolve Research Solutions Inc., an award-winning research consulting and site management organization, and was the recipient of the Toronto Board of Trade’s Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 as well as the 2007 Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur Award.
Celina participated in a Q&A in 2012 with us for the Alumni Stories section on our website: she reflects on her experiences and gives us considerable insight into her determination to succeed and the challenges she has faced along the way.