Mirella De Civita

Mirella De Civita holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine. After spending years in academia, she left a burgeoning career and entered the business world in 2006. There she discovered the world of coaching, and in 2010 founded Papillon MDC Inc. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) who partners with C-level leaders in global and multinational organizations in facilitating their personal transformation and supporting them in bringing about profound cultural changes. She uses her solid clinical and research background in the area of psychopathology, resilience, developmental potential, and treatment adherence in guiding her work and thinking in the area of leadership development. Based in Montreal, Quebec, she has gained experience in a variety of industries, including professional and financial services, aerospace, health, science, education, hi-technology, consumer goods, advertising, loyalty, property management/development, retail and consumer, manufacturing, engineering and construction, gaming, energy and utilities, communications, entertainment and media, and not-for-profit.

In 2015, Dr. De Civita founded Grand Heron International (GHI), an online service provider in the area of individual and corporate-wide coaching, consultation for mental health referrals, and webinars focused on masterful coaching. She also maintains a part-time clinical practice and acts as a mentor coach to students pursuing coaching certification as well as a supervisor to graduate students in psychology. She holds the designation of Master Corporate Executive Coach (MCEC) awarded by the MEECO Leadership Institute™. She is also part of Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches. She has co-authored several scientific articles in the area of resilience and risk, adherence behaviors, developmental pathology, coping/living with chronic illness, knowledge transfer as well as management and leadership. She reveals her wealth of knowledge in personal psychology and transformation in her book entitled, “The Courage to Fall into Life: The Tao of Purposeful Existence”, published in 2011.

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
  • Certified Coach Mentor, InviteChange, US
  • Coach Mentor, International Coach Federation
  • Master Corporate Executive Coach (MCEC) Designation, MEECO Leadership Development Institute
  • Certified in Birkman® Method

For a list of her academic publications please click here.

Past keynote addresses

  • Leading with Compassion – Ardene
  • Leading with Compassion Toward Psychological Well Being – Fiera Capital
  • Bien vivre en présence de la pandémie – RBC
  • Panel member, Virtual Discussion on Purpose, Umalia
  • The Mentoring Relationship as an Ever-Evolving Adaptive Process – Pratt & Whitney Canada
  • Diversifying your Business with Purpose: Moving Beyond the Constraints of Your Time – MEECO Leadership Conference
  • Transformational Leadership: How to work in a Transformational Way to Bring About Real Change in our World Today –  Conference Board of Canada
  • Focused Attention: The Path toward Integrity – Stikeman Elliott, Montreal Quebec. 
  • Engaging Talent: Maintaining the Competitive Advantage Leadership Forum, L’Oréal Canada 

Past interviews


President and Founder of Papillon MDC Inc.


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