About us

An Active Voice, Safe Space, and Catalyst
that Connects Executive Communities.

Our StoryAbout APEX

The Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX), an independent not-for-profit organization, was established in 1984, by Federal Public Service executives to provide services and organize activities for their own community.

As a national professional association, APEX is acknowledged as the active voice for over 7,400 federal executives, engaging executives across departments at various stages of their career – Directors, Directors General, Assistant Deputy Ministers, and Deputy Ministers – from across Canada and abroad. Together, these leaders oversee the work of over 300,000 public servants.

Throughout its history, APEX has supported executives through management excellence, professional development and networking, providing services and sharing knowledge. Today, APEX supports executives through the delivery of advocacy, research, advisory services and learning events. The wide range of current APEX activities and initiatives are designed to provide executives with opportunities to develop a strong community of practice, promote their physical and mental well-being, and support excellence in leadership.

APEX2020-2025 Strategic Plan“Delivering Community Value”

A blueprint that will guide the Association’s focus and activities over the next five years. Our path is set to deliver for the executive community at a new level of excellence.

Aligned to our Strategic PillarsOur Centres of Excellence

Advocacy & Research

Provide policy development support related to monetary and non-monetary compensation for the executive community.

Health & Wellness

Enhance the overall wellbeing of executives, informed by over fifteen years of Advisory Services (ASE) cases, health and wellness programming and the exclusive APEX Executive Work and Health Survey.



Focus on the individual executive personal development and the programming that address their needs, along with the associated policy development.


An executive community with elevated wellness, elite leaders and extraordinary impacts through partnerships.


We will be a vibrant national organization that inspires executive excellence in leadership through strategic advocacy, research, professional development and advisory services. We will be the preeminent voice for the executive community of the Public Service of Canada.

Unique Value Proposition

Advocacy & Research

As the active voice for 7800+ public sector executives, we complete research, collaborate and participate in policy interventions.

Best practices, resources and tools

Acting as a research hub, we work with private, public and academic organizations to gather current information that empower executives to be successful in their day to day activities

Individual Access to Confidential Advisory Services

We provide a safe space for executives to get individual support

Connected Community

We are a catalyst that creates connected Executive Communities across departments coast to coast to coast.

Programming & exclusive events

Thousands of executives attend our learning seminars, programs and events every year

Symbiotic Partnerships

We have built affinity partnerships and alliances within the private sector and negotiated exclusive offers for members in several areas including recreational services, health care, and home and vehicle insurance.

Our Promise

Together and individually, we are committed to excellence, trusted service, and meeting the needs of executive leaders.

Our Values

We are committed to


Continually striving for high quality and the promotion of excellence within the organization and in support of our executive community of leaders.


Participating fully and collegially in all workplace initiatives, as equal team players, offering ideas and time to benefit individual colleagues and the organization as a whole. This extends to our consultative and collaborative approaches to working with external stakeholders as we create mutual alliances that benefit public service executives.

(Professionalism and Collaboration have been longstanding Core Values from APEX’s inception.)


Constantly developing new ways to improve the way we work and proactively addressing the needs of our executive community as they experience new trends and challenges.


Every employee feeling valued, supported, and respected in our workplace. We bring people together while striving for an environment that represent a diverse workforce. This extends to a community network of executive leaders with system-wide representation that readily participate in knowledge sharing and professional development.

(Innovation and Inclusivity are our Aspirational Values.)


Without wavering, we will behave honourably and uphold the highest ethical standards in all aspects of our work such as, decision making, interacting with colleagues and in our service to the executive community. We will lead by example, exercise open communication, and be accountable for our actions. Each day, we will “do the right thing”, “walk the talk”, and close the “say-do” gap.


We are self-aware of the impact of our words and actions when dealing with colleagues and clients. We will ensure time for reflection and the understanding of what it is like to “walk in someone else’s shoes”.

Culture of Trust:

We support open discussion, share information and easily have difficult conversations in a climate of trust. This extends to an environment that is a safe space for individual public service executives to access for support.

(Integrity, Empathy and Culture of Trust are viewed as Fundamental and Universal Values.)

Board of Directors

APEX is governed by a board of fifteen directors, nine regular members from the National Capital Region, one regular member from each of the five regions and one associate member. Directors are elected by the members for a term of three years, commencing on the date of the Annual General Meeting and are eligible for one additional consecutive term of three years. The Executive Committee of the Board includes the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Officer-at-Large. The Board of Directors meets six to eight times a year and plays a key role in setting the organization’s strategic direction.

Annual General Meeting

Regular members and associate members of APEX are invited to participate in the Annual General Meeting, held in the Fall. The meeting includes a review of the accomplishments of the past year and the organization’s objectives for the year ahead, a presentation of the financial statements for the previous financial year, and the announcement of the results of the election of new directors to the Board of Directors. The AGM is a unique opportunity for members to put questions to the Chair of the Board of Directors, the Treasurer, the Secretary or the CEO.

The next APEX Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in the Fall.

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