About Chantal Jauvin and William Thomas
Chantal Jauvin is an international corporate attorney. She launched her career with Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm. Her expertise grew from trade law to corporate and financial services law eventually taking on the role of General Counsel at a Fortune 500 global company.
Chantal embraced early legal assignments in Mexico, at the Central Bank of Cambodia and in Russia. Keen to be more actively involved in decision-making, she completed her MBA in the UK and joined Conair Corporation where she handled corporate matters ranging from free trade zone manufacturing in Costa Rica to the sale of fast-moving consumer goods in Europe. By the time she became General Counsel at Western Union, she had negotiated a joint venture with La Poste in France, a deal with Banco do Brazil and new regulations with the Central African Banking Commission. She won the Creating Shareholder Value business award at Western Union conferred for the first time in the company’s history to an individual in shared services.
In her pursuit to broaden her understanding of our planet, Chantal dove with seals in Hout Bay in South Africa, explored the backroads of Samarkand in Uzbekistan, hiked the foothills of the Himalayans in India and learned to make tofu in Saga, Japan. She met her husband, William Thomas, in Accra, Ghana. Bound by the same thirst to experience the world, together they have cycled in Thailand, hiked in Patagonia and deepened their friendships from Serbia to Argentina.
Chantal is the author of “The Boy with a Bamboo Heart” (Maverick House) an awarding winning work of creative non-fiction which narrates the story of a Thai orphan who survived the horrors of the Indochina war as a boy soldier to face his internal demons and go on to create a life of abundance by co-founding the first credit union in Thailand and establishing a foundation which educates street children.
In the tradition of storytelling, Chantal is currently writing a new book ”Love Without Martinis: Stories of Couples in Sobriety”. The aim is to share the transformation that recovery offers people who heal the trauma inflicted upon the couple during addiction. By giving voice to their stories, she hopes to share how couples reclaim their relationship.
Chantal proudly supports her husband’s sobriety. She is an alumnus of the Caron Treatment Center Family Education Program. Her pathway to recovery includes Al-Anon, individual and couples’ behavioral counseling as well as numerous personal growth workshops. Chantal and William celebrated his ten-year recovery in February 2019 with a cycling trip in Myanmar.
William Thomas is a seasoned corporate leader with progressive successes from Marketing Director at Proctor and Gamble to President of Western Union Financial Services where he led the international expansion from $800M to $2 Billion. He has experience working in and across cultures including Thailand, Argentina, Canada, France and the U.S. His passion is creating high performing global teams.
Since leaving corporate life, William has turned his attention to philanthropy, teaching and serving on nonprofit boards. He engages in a life of adventure travel and fitness.
William faced the challenge of addiction and went to rehab at Caron Treatment Center. Following rehab, he participated in therapy, attended couples’ workshops, and received the unwavering support of his wife, close friends and AA sponsors. In February 2019, he celebrated ten years of sobriety.
William has crafted a fulfilling life in recovery. He now sits on the Advisory Board for Caron, has served on the board of The Rotary Club of Philadelphia and held the position of Foundation Chairman. He has accepted Adjunct Professor assignments teaching breakthrough career courses to international students in Asia. He and his wife sponsor the education of street children in Thailand and have established an Endowment Fund to support selective charities.
William and his wife love to discover the world. They have trekked in Patagonia and Peru. Each year, they take a two month cycling trip to explore countries such as Myanmar, Argentina, Italy and France. They recharge at a cabin in Quebec, Canada where they spend August planning their future.
William currently dedicates himself to the promotion and launch of the upcoming book “Love Without Martinis: Stories of Couples in Sobriety”.