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Mirella De Civita
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Founder of Papillon MDC Inc.

Dr. Mirella De Civita is the President and founder of Papillon MDC Inc.


Dr. Mirella De Civita is a Quebec Licensed Psychologist, with a solid clinical and research background in the area of psychopathology, resilience, developmental potential, and treatment adherence. She is also an Executive Coach, accredited by the International Coach Federation, with extensive experience in professional development. She works with senior executives from middle to large sized organizations, facilitating their journey toward the realization of their potential. Based in Montreal, Quebec, her clients include CEOs, CFOs, COOs, Executive and Senior Vice Presidents, Directors, and senior management teams across the globe. She is equally passionate about her role as a mentor in the McGill MBA Mentoring Program.

Mirella's Unique Style

Her unique and insightful approach, coupled with extensive knowledge and training in psychology allow her to quickly and skillfully discern the client's story line (what is said) from the root causes of their challenges (what is not said). The manner in which she builds rapport and trust is predicated on her belief that people own the inner skills to work through their challenges. What they require is acceptance and encouragement to re-discover for themselves the power that lies within.

She combines mindfulness with solution-focused techniques that allow her clients to achieve their intended coaching goal much faster than they would on their own. This is made possible by her natural ability to co-create a purposeful partnership in which transformational change is simplified. Authentic, perceptive, and accepting, she generates transparency and openness with her clients. She is effective at helping clients gain clarity of the role that self-limiting beliefs, along with affective and cognitive states play in (a) defining their challenges; and/or (b) impeding the realization of their potential. Warm, curious, and nonjudgmental, she is able to grasp the essence of the clients' inner landscape and their challenge(s).

Professional Background

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine, McGill University
  • Ph.D. Psychology, Université de Montréal
  • Corporate Coach U Certified Graduate (CCUCG) Designation
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation
  • Coach Mentor, International Coach Federation
  • Certified in Birkman® Method

Mirella is also trained in knowledge transfer and diffusion of innovation from the Centre for Knowledge Transfer at the University of Alberta. She also has extensive experience as a focus group moderator, and combined with her expertise in knowledge transfer has contributed and led a number of government funded initiatives in the health care industry with reputable medical professionals dedicated to improving the delivery of services in populations living with a chronic illness.

She remains highly active in research, publishing in peer-reviewed journals and acts as an Ad hoc Reviewer for several top tier journals. She is a sought out motivational speaker, often invited to women's leadership forums as well as national and international conferences related to coaching and leadership.

Dr. De Civita is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Her New Book:
The Courage to Fall into Life
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