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Papillon MDC Inc. is committed to develop and sustain your talent. All of our speaking engagements are tailored to your current needs and future vision. We work mindfully with steady determination and commitment to ensure that your audience walks away with new insights to promote their own personal transformation.

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Dr. Mirella De Civita, Keynote Speaker at 2018 MEECO Conference – May 21-23,

Estes Park, Colorado

Dr. Mirella De Civita will be a keynote speaker at the 2018 MEECO Conference. During her address, Dr. De Civita will lead a discussion on “Diversifying Your Business with Purpose: Moving Beyond The Constraints of Your Time” where she will explore how a single defining purpose can help build a coaching business that extends beyond the boundaries of time. Join her and other top leaders and executive coaches with a futurist mindset ready to tackle the world’s biggest challenges related to the management of talent from May 21st to 23rd in Estes Park, Colorado. Click to learn more

Dr. Mirella De Civita Reminds Women That « You Are Enough » in Recent

The She-Ecosystem Interview – November 3, 2017

Dr. Mirella De Civita was recently interviewed by Ms. Iris Fisher, Founder of The She-Ecosystem, a platform to promote and advocate for diversity in the workplace and in society. Part of the She-Entrepreneur segment of the platform, Dr. De Civita speaks about her entrepreneurial path, the founding of her two companies, Papillon MDC and Grand Heron International, and the lessons learned throughout her journey. In the interview, she shares her business insights, that is, that doing good in the world does not have to come at the expense of profit and how being a pioneer in uncovering new services for new markets has been her way to avoid competing in a saturated market. Her advice: always be kind, lead your life with purpose and never forget that you are enough. To read the full article click here.

Papillon MDC Proud to Attend Umalia’s 5-year Anniversary

On October 5, 2017, Umalia, an organization that helps businesses realize the tremendous potential of their commitment to social responsibility, celebrated its 5-year anniversary. Mirella De Civita, President of Papillon MDC Inc. had the pleasure of attending the event while also taking the floor, addressing the important strategic work Umalia does with business leaders as they look for true purpose that goes beyond corporate growth.

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To mark this anniversary, a dinner was organized among 20 guests from business, academia and civil society to dialogue around the theme of corporate societal engagement and sustainable development. Lucie Bouregois, President of Umalia was joined by Neil Gaught of England, author of the book "CORE, How a single organizing idea can change business for good”. Neil is currently conducting a world tour participating in discussions in 15 countries on how businesses can make a social environmental difference. Mirella was among the guests, and shared how Papillon MDC has successfully married social giving with corporate purpose since 2012.

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Invited Speaker at the Council of Public Affairs Executives,

led by The Conference Board of Canada, May 2017

This one day event organized by the Conference Board of Canada focuses on Transformational Leadership, and invites participants to engage in an interactive discussion that explores how transformational leadership develops and sustains its impact on the environment even during crisis and rapid change. Come and be part of the discussion as Mirella De Civita, President of Papillon MDC Inc., guides the group to delve into specific topics which are then elaborated by an invited panel of leaders known for their transformational ways of being. To be part of this exciting event, please contact Ms. Wendy Mitchell, Director Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Stakeholder Relations at

Invited Speaker at the Institute of Internal Auditors of Canada, May 2017

Passeport-Formation 2017, a two-day event organized by the Institute of Internal Auditors of Canada is approaching fast. Register today and join Mirella De Civita, President of Papillon MDC Inc., on May 15 at her conference « Incremental or Transformational Change: What does your leadership mean to you?» intended for internal audit executives. We hope to see you there!

Invited Keynote Speaker at Stikeman Elliott, December 2015

Mirella was invited to share her thoughts on employee wellbeing to a group of leaders invited by Stikeman Elliott. In attendance were Stikeman Elliott’s group of professionals as well. Mirella spoke about integrity in the workplace, and how leaders ought to focus greater attention in the use of their words and actions to motivate and inspire. She also called for greater presence in the here and now. Her message of finding moments of insights in everyday life resounded with audience members. Here’s an excerpt from the talk: “I usually tell people to get out of their minds and into the moment where they find themselves. In essence, I tell them to get into their lives. I share a point of view that goes something like this: Finding solutions to our challenges lie not in the dialogue we have in our mind, but in noticing how things really are IN THE HERE AND NOW… To learn more about her talk entitled: Focused Attention: The Path toward integrity, please contact us.

Mirella provided a live coaching session, November 2015

Mirella was featured in the Real Coaching Unplugged operated by MCC Mentor Coach as part of its ICF Continuing Coach Education Program. If you were not able to hear Mirella coach live - no worries! You can purchase the recording by emailing for the details.

Invited speaker at St-Michael’s College in Vermont, September 2015

Papillon MDC Inc. Grand Sponsor of the Canadian Society for Industrial

& Organizational Psychology (CSIOP) Mentor Event, June 2015

Papillon MDC Inc. was the official sponsor of the CSIOP Student-Mentor Event program held on June 4-6 in Ottawa. Isabelle Tremblay, former internship student and Senior Consultant at Papillon MDC Inc. spoke at the event on behalf of our team and the purpose of the work we do. Ms. Tremblay is a PhD. candidate in Industrial Organizational Psychology at Université de Montreal. Papillon MDC Inc. holds firmly on its commitment to develop the next generation of leaders in the area of psychology. Through the sponsorship of this program, we have made it possible for psychology graduate students to partner with reputable psychologists delivering their services in the corporate world.

Papillon MDC Inc. Grand Partner of the Société québécoise de psychologie

du travail et des organisations (SQPTO) Mentoring Program, March 2015

Papillon MDC Inc. was a proud sponsor, as Grand Partner, of the launch of the SQPTO Mentoring Program, on March 26th, at le Cercle des HEC restaurant. Papillon MDC Inc. believes and supports the development of the next generation, as well as encourages their employees in their volunteer initiatives.

Invited Keynote Speaker at L’Oreal Canada’s Leadership Forum, February 2013

As an invited guest, Mirella began her lecture by asking the audience to think of a blue elephant. She then asked them to stop thinking about the image and to pay attention to what she wanted them to remember. Without question the audience could not stop thinking of the blue elephant. She used this live example to illustrate the importance of the mind and how it often tells us what it wants to see and believe even when the context is asking for something different. She used the concept of psychological flexibility to illustrate how leaders ought to behave in order to nurture their talent, and create the competitive advantage. Here’s an excerpt from the talk: “The majority of people who leave their positions walk away not from the corporation, not from HR structures, but from you—the leaders. What can be done to help change this state of affairs? We need to begin by changing the way we think about our work in relation to people. As appointed leaders, your job is to develop the ability in others to do their work… To learn more about her talk entitled: Maintaining the Competitive Advantage, please contact us.

Papillon MDC Inc. Grand Sponsor of the Annual meeting of the SQPTO,

May 2012

Papillon MDC Inc. was one of the Grand sponsors of the Annual Meeting of the SQPTO, which provided a forum in which professionals interacted with future graduates in organizational psychology. Katia Nelson led the session, and ensured a smooth process throughout the morning. Mirella was also one of the invited guests where she spoke to several graduate students about the role of executive coaching in the development of talent. Papillon MDC Inc. firmly believes in nurturing future talent, and through its implication we made it possible for two of our own to share their wealth of knowledge and experience.


Freshman Seminar, McGill University - MacDonald Campus:

Leadership – the core in each of us, October 2014

Speaking Engagement at Executive Forum:

Knowing Who you Are when Managing People, October 2013


Interview with "Les Affaires", June 2012

Please download the full transcript of the interview translated in English


Invited Keynote Speaker at the Women Leadership Forum,

Pratt & Whitney Canada, January 2010

The organizers of the Women Leadership Forum wanted audience members to learn about the role of mentoring in developing future talent. Mirella was asked to share her views through her personal journey, and how she came to appreciate the role of mentoring in her own lives. Weaving together personal and professional experience, Mirella illustrated how the coming together of presence and self-acceptance can be important elements in propelling oneself forward. She used poetry from some of her favorite poets to underscore the making of extraordinary presence. Here’s an excerpt from the talk: Extraordinary presence begins by knowing what you are made of. How you use words to describe yourself and others gives shape to who you are. As a mentor and executive coach, I use three skills to bring awareness to the conversation. To learn more about her talk entitled: : Extraordinary Presence, please contact us.