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Can You Hear Me Now? by Celina Caesar-Chavannes

She’s Giving You the Read and Talking di Tings! Hosted by Trey Anthony

March 17, 12pm

Taking a deeper look into what it means to be unapologetically Black

In Can You Hear Me Now? Celina Caesar-Chavannes digs deep into her childhood and her life as a young Black woman entrepreneur and politician, and she shows us that effective and humane leaders grow as much from their mistakes and vulnerabilities as from their strengths. 

Celina Caesar-Chavannes, already a breaker of boundaries as a Black woman in business, got into politics because she wanted to make a bigger difference in the world. But when she became the first Black person elected to represent the federal riding of Whitby, Ontario, she hadn’t really thought about the fact that Ottawa wasn’t designed for someone like her. Celina soon found herself both making waves and breaking down, confronting at night, alone in her Ottawa apartment, all the painful beauty of her childhood and her troubled early adult life. She paid the price for speaking out about micro-aggressions and speaking up for her community and her riding, but she also felt exhilaration and empowerment. As she writes, “This is not your typical leadership book where the person is placed in a situation and miraculously comes up with the right response for the wicked problem. This is the story of me falling in love, at last, with who I am, and finding my voice in the unlikeliest of places.” 

Trey is excited to interview Celina to discuss the tremendous pressures placed on ambitious Black women. They will also have a candid conversation about mental health and depression in the Black community. 

In Partnership with the Toronto International Festival of Authors.

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Purchase your copy of Celina’s book from A Different Booklist, a Toronto-based, independent bookstore specializing in books from the African and Caribbean diaspora. 

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Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Celina Caesar-Chavannes is a business consultant, coach and international speaker. She currently serves as the senior advisor at EDI Initiatives and adjunct lecturer at Queen’s University, and her forthcoming book, Can You Hear Me Now?, published by Penguin Random House Canada, will be available on February 2, 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. 


Trey Anthony

Trey Anthony is an award-winning writer, motivational speaker and relationship/life coach. She is the first Black woman in Canada to have a television series on a prime-time network. Her work includes the plays ‘da Kink in My Hair and How Black Mothers Say I Love You. Trey’s life purpose is to empower women to live their best damn lives! Her lastest book, Black Girl in Love (with Herself), was published by Hay House in 2021. She divides her time between Atlanta and Toronto. She is an adoption advocate and the proud momma bear to her son Kai. In her spare time, she enjoys laughing at herself and all her antics and eating cupcakes!

Can You Hear Me Now? by Celina Caesar-Chavannes

She’s Giving You the Read and Talking di Tings! Hosted by Trey Anthony

March 17, 12pm

Taking a deeper look into what it means to be unapologetically Black

In Partnership with

Citadel+Compagnie
Toronto International Festival of Authors