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BFLN Quarterly Lunches & Dinners

West End Sistahs
Thursday May 18, 2017, 12:30pm
Canyon Creek Restaurant

Square One, Mississauga
RSVP: May 18, Click here

Toronto Central Sistahs
Thursday, May 26, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
Reds Wine Tavern

77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto
RSVP: May 13, Click here

East End Sistahs

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 6:30pm
1101 Kingston Rd. Unit #3
Pickering, Ontario
RSVP: July 18, Click here
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BFLN Speakers Series – Gender, Diversity and Canadian Democracy – How can Women of Colour Forge a Path into Politics?

Celina Caesar Chavannes
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development

Celina Caesar-Chavannes is the Member of Parliament for Whitby.

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 an Executive MBA. 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.

Celina currently serves as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and is an active and engaged member of several Interparliamentary Associations and Friendship groups.

This remarkable event will be moderated by Emily Mills.

Emily Mills knows what it’s like to ‘hustle’ and juggle it all – she is a senior communications officer at CBC Toronto; she is the founder of the How She Hustles network that connects 5000 diverse women through social media and special events; and, she’s a proud wife and mother. Emily’s latest passion project is HERtory in Black, a Toronto-based digital photo series of 150 inspiring black women that was featured nationally by the CBC for Black History Month and Canada’s 150th anniversary.

This year, Emily was also named a CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow – one of 25 rising city leaders making an impact across the GTHA – and is a champion for female entrepreneurs through SheEO. In 2015, Emily was nominated for a YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award, named one of 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada and received the inaugural Women’s Empowerment Award at the Black Canadian Awards. She holds degrees in journalism and music, and has studied public relations. Connect with her on Twitter or Instagram @howshehustles.

In this edition of the BFLN speakers series, we will be discussing with MP Caesar-Chavannes her trajectory into politics and more broadly touching on:

  • the paths to a career in politics;
  • The qualities which are essential to have a successful career in politics; and
  • the unique challenges faced by women of colour in politics

Venue
Dentons Canada LLP
77 King Street West, Suite 400 | Toronto, ON M5K 0A1

Sign up now. Space is limited.

There will be time for Q&A. If you would like to send questions in advance, please email info@bfln.ca.

LSUC Practice Review and Spot Audits

Thursday March 16, 2017

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower

22 Adelaide St W, S 3400, Toronto, ON M5H-4E3