2020 Winners

APEX Awards of Excellence 2020

Each year, APEX highlights management excellence and leadership of federal public service executives. The Association’s awards are presented to the people who have made uniquely important contributions.


Caroll Sukich, Director, Winnipeg Tax Centre, Canada Revenue Agency

For her 43-years of outstanding dedication to serving Canada and Canadians in regional operations at the Canada Revenue Agency. Ms. Sukich led and played a pivotal role in transforming the Winnipeg Tax Centre to become a super tax processing centre. Under her leadership, she led the modernization of technology systems to meet the demands of a digital world. Her strategic vision combined with her people management skills and innovative approach have enabled her to play an instrumental role in the successful delivery of tax services for millions of Canadians and businesses. Throughout her career she has led numerous initiatives related to program enhancements and people management with an emphasis on diversity, inclusiveness and well being.



Julianne Dunbar, Senior General Counsel and Director General, Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada.

For her extraordinary contributions and active volunteerism of countless hours to many high-profile not-for-profit organizations that have critical mandates in society. As a proud member of the Muslim community, Ms. Dunbar’s volunteerism has focused on vulnerable persons and communities, and she has worked tirelessly to break down barriers. She is a member of the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre Community Advisory Board; Crime Prevention Ottawa Board of Directors and the International Commission of Jurists Canada Board of Directors. She exemplifies the best in public service and volunteerism and is exceptional in her leadership, energy, enthusiasm and commitment to help society. She is passionate about improving the mental wellness of the Correctional Officers, staff and inmates and ensuring Ottawa is a safe community. Ms. Dunbar is an agile leader, an advocate of diverse and inclusive workplaces and is the mental wellness champion in her organization at the Military Police Complaints Commission.



Jason Bett, Director General, Strategic Communications and Marketing Sector, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

For fearless leadership and vision in designing and launching the first ever Public Service Pride Week and mobilizing more than 25 federal departments and agencies to participate. Jason sent a clear message to public servants and Canadians that the federal public service promotes a safe, respectful and inclusive workplace, recognizing that the health and well-being of the LGBTQ2+ community mattered. His empathetic and people-oriented leadership style made him the perfect champion for mental health. He inspired others with his devotion and commitment in building a healthy work environment and supporting Positive Space initiatives, as well as with his strong belief that our differences fade in the light of our commonalities.


Sami Khoury, Deputy Chief, Enterprise Technologies and Solutions, Communications Security Establishment.

For spearheading the transformation within the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), delivering exceptional, innovative results and providing superior service to our country. A consistent visionary, his guidance enabled and accelerated the development of unique capabilities in support of the Security and Intelligence community. Sami champions research at CSE and has been recognized as the generator of a disproportionate number of bright ideas and as a guru on cryptologic matters. He led the rollout of the Government’s first Protected B cloud to support the launch of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS). His continuous dedication to innovation, and his breadth of work helps protect Canada and Canadians against foreign threats and contribute to our nation’s prosperity.



Maxime Guénette, Assistant Commissioner & Chief Privacy Officer, Public Affairs Branch, Canada Revenue Agency.

For his exceptional leadership of the reorganization of the Public Affairs Branch, at one of the largest, most visible organizations in the Government of Canada – the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Public trust in the fairness and efficacy of the CRA’s tax and benefit administration is essential to the ongoing operation of the Government as a whole. Mr. Guénette leads a branch with employees who work across the country in a fast-paced, high-stakes, no-fail environment. As Chief Privacy Officer, he has modernized privacy management across the CRA; and as Head of Communications, he was a key partner in the Agency’s Service Transformation Agenda. He models excellence and formalized dozens of Centres of Expertise across the Branch. He has been recognized for actively mentoring, developing and inspiring future leaders at the CRA. Mr. Guénette’s visionary approach, people management skills and authentic leadership style are the catalyst for delivering results for Canadians. He is a true leader that others want to emulate.



Susan Hilton, Director, Program and Area Communications, Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

For the development of trusted partnerships across federal, provincial and international governments, associations and industry that have helped protect the pork industry and prevent the introduction of African swine fever (ASF) in Canada. Susan’s leadership and persistence led to convincing the airline industry, and other critical sectors of the economy, to warn travellers to avoid travel behaviours that could lead to negative impacts on the pork industry and potentially the global spread of this disease. She understood early on the dangers that ASF could present to Canadian pork producers, their animals and sustainability of their farms. Her dedication and desire to play an influential role helped our country become a leader in the fight against ASF, resulting in Canada remaining free of the disease to date.