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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 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, she 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. Dr. De Civita 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 InstituteTM, and she is an official member of the Forbes Coaches Council. 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.

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

Mirella is also a member of the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches based in the USA. She also has extensive experience as a focus group moderator, and 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

Contact Information

For a list of her academic publications please click here.

Her New Book: The Courage to Fall into Life


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