Careers at APEX

APEX Executive Opportunities


Overview :

Since 1984, The Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) has supported executives through management excellence, professional development and networking, providing services and sharing knowledge. We are a professional Association with a profound sense of community and purpose. At the core of our success is a commitment to leadership and research.

Our Vision is to support an executive community with elevated wellness, elite leaders and extraordinary impacts through partnerships. Our strategic pillars are:

Advocacy: Supporting Individual executives and acting as their voice

National Engagement: Relationship building that improves presence, visibility, and awareness coast to coast to coast

Service Excellence: Provide the highest quality programming to clients

Business Sustainability: Building resource capacity that endures

APEX is making a difference in the careers and lives of the executive community.  We are influencing the executive landscape through thought leadership and evidenced based research; from policy interventions to executive well being.  We work with partners (private and public), academia, and subject matter experts to create value add for the community.  We embrace inclusion and are continuing to build and strengthen the leadership team at APEX.  With that in mind, we are selectively seeking leaders that have passion and want to work in an innovative and dynamic environment.  Working with APEX you will be making significant contributions that support your peers, working with them to achieve leadership excellence, to benefit Canadians.


APEX Executives Opportunities

All levels of executives (or executive equivalent) are eligible. APEX Executives are drawn from their home organizations, generally with the agreement of their Deputy Heads to cover their full salary, performance pay, and benefits for the entire duration of their assignment at APEX. Ideally, the duration of the interchange would be a minimum of two years and would feature prominently in the candidate’s talent management plan.

APEX Executive – Advisor to Executives

APEX is currently seeking a third Advisor to Executives

The ideal candidate has a strong background in Human Resources, has a very solid understanding of executive terms and conditions of employment and professional development and has a strong track record as a people-centric leader. Experience in complaints and investigations is a strong asset.  Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, this role provides confidential advice to public service executives across the country and abroad; supports APEX outreach relating to Executive Health and Wellbeing as it relates to Executive Advisory Services; and refers executives to specialized services, as required.

More specifically, the person in this position would:

  • Provide ongoing support and advice in both official languages (an essential criterion), to a growing clientele base, in Canada and abroad, using a risk-assessment model
  • Be able to handle a large and varied volume of cases
  • Conduct outreach to membership and the federal public service executive community to provide feedback, resources for self care and to promote the Advisory Service for Executives service
  • Develop and share tools and materials to support executive wellbeing and leadership development
  • Demonstrate personal resilience in hearing complex and difficult stories
  • Be compassionate, yet realistic, in providing advice
  • Be responsive and solution-oriented
  • Have the utmost discretion

*Coaching skills and certifications may be an asset.

For details on How to Apply, please refer to that section below.

Future Vacancies

Future Vacancies

When APEX does not have any vacancies, APEX is interested to hear from executives with a variety of backgrounds who may be interested in join our team as future positions become available. As a small organization, all APEX Executives work together and contribute their effort, ideas, energy collectively to support the PS executive community.  This includes:

  • Lead and contribute to the vision, mission and strategic objectives of APEX
  • Ensure a broad and deep knowledge of the executive community and propose areas, approaches and research for EX Advocacy
  • Collaborate with key internal and external stakeholders around research, programming and resources

APEX Executives are expected to demonstrate strong Key Leadership Competencies:

  • Create vision and strategy
  • Mobilize people
  • Uphold Integrity and Respect
  • Collaborate with partners and stakeholders
  • Promote Innovation and Guide Change
  • Achieve Results

APEX Executives must also demonstrate the following skills and abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Solid writing skills
  • Comfort with collaboration across organizations and levels
  • Sound judgement
  • An ability to work alone but comfortable working as part of a team
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing circumstances
  • Ability to perform all work related to their projects
  • Fluency in English and French

Representation matters:

APEX is committed to developing a robust, competent and diverse workforce representative of the population it serves. To meet its employment equity objectives, we strongly encourage candidates to apply who have indicated that they belong to one of the following employment equity groups: Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and visible minorities.

When applying, we encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups.


As we transition toward the APEX Workplace of the Future, staff are being encouraged to plan on spending more days working in the office for day-to-day operations. New APEX employees will need to commit to 40% in-office presence.

While APEX transitions for employees in the NCR, telework agreements in support of regional inclusion are possible.

How to Apply:

Please submit a short letter to the Chief Operating Officer at

In your letter, please provide the following information:

  • your reason for interest in the position and working with APEX;
  • how you demonstrate the necessary skills and meet the requirements to perform the specific functions;
  • an indication that your home department would be willing to support your Interchange agreement.

In your application, please add the following:

  • copy of your resumé;
  • confirmation of your performance ratings for the past 2 years.

Inquiries are welcome, please contact the Chief Operating Officer at

Position(s) at APEX


The organization

The Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX), the national association for federal public service executives, fosters excellence in leadership and is a strong advocate on behalf of executive interests. As part of its mandate, the Association organizes activities to develop a strong community of practice, promotes the physical and mental health of executives, and supports executive leadership excellence through a variety of events including the Leadership Symposium, the Induction Ceremony for new executives and the yearly APEX Awards of Excellence.

APEX is an independent, not-for-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors of federal executives, including regional representatives.  The Board is supported by a permanent Secretariat led by a Chief Executive Officer.

APEX was established in 1984 as the voice of executives across the federal public service.   Achieving sustained success is linked to APEX’s strengthened ability to monitor trends and issues and to react appropriately and in a timely way, and continue to “walk the talk” by demonstrating public service values and ethics in all that it says and does.  The Association works closely with its membership though regular surveys, networking and training events, ensuring that it addresses the main areas of interest to the entire executive community.

APEX works in close collaboration with the highest levels of the federal public service through meetings with the Clerk of the Privy Council, the Deputy Minister community and the central agencies.  The Association also plays a key role in representing executives’ term and conditions of work interests.

Deadline Extended – Applications must be received by 5pm (ET) Friday, June 16th, 2023.

2023 Call for Applications – APEX Board of Directors

The APEX Nominating Committee invites applications for vacant positions on the APEX Board of Directors.   These vacancies include: 

  • Two (2) Directors from the National Capital Region
  • One (1) Director from the Quebec Region
  • One (1) Director from the Prairie Region
  • One (1) Director from the Northern Region NEW!  (Pending approval at Oct 2023 AGM)

The Nominating Committee is looking for energetic individuals to help advance APEX’s strategic vision and champion APEX within their organizations as well as through their professional and informal networks.  Board members should have good communications skills and be aware of public service wide issues and trends that affect the Executive cadre.   A demonstrated interest or experience in one or more of the following areas would be considered an asset, but is not mandatory:

  • engaging and influencing horizontal networks of interest and departmental communities;
  • research, policy analysis, data analytics;
  • experience analyzing information and/or advancing initiatives related to diversity and inclusion;
  • experience as a board member for a not for profit organization or association

The APEX Board of Directors is most effective when it reflects the range of hierarchical levels found within the Executive Group, as well as diversity found within the public service and in Canada. We actively seek applications from members of all equity-seeking groups. Newly appointed Executives are also encouraged to apply.

Assessment of applications and interviews will take place immediately following the closing date with interviews scheduled in June/July. References provided by interviewed candidates will be contacted. New board members will assume office for a three (3)-year term following the APEX Annual General Meeting held in early October.

Serving on the Board offers the opportunity to:

  • Influence senior decision-makers on issues of interest to Executives
  • Expand your professional network
  • Share your talent, insights and skills to advance the APEX mandate
  • Work with colleagues on issues of mutual interest
  • Broaden your leadership skills and apply key leadership competencies
  • Gain experience in the governance of a not-for-profit organization

The Commitment of APEX Board Members

  • Attend and participate in Board meetings either in person or via electronic means
  • Participate in and promote APEX events
  • Chair or be a member of an APEX Board Standing Committee

The Application Process

To be considered you must be an Executive and a Regular Member of APEX.   If you are not an APEX member, you may join here.

Your application package must:

  • include a resume, highlighting your employment experience, skills and abilities, and official language skills
  • clearly demonstrate how you could contribute to APEX, including relevant experience that will be beneficial to the Association
  • indicate how your addition would contribute to the diversity of the Board
  • share why you wish to be a member of the Board of Directors of APEX
  • include the names and coordinates of two (2) current APEX members who support your nomination
  • include the names of three (3) professional references (these can be the same or different from the APEX members who support your nomination)

Please send your application package and direct any questions to the Chair of the APEX Nominating Committee – Angela Bate at and cc Dianne Green, APEX Executive at Applications must be received by 5pm (ET) Friday, June 16th, 2023.

Questions and Answers

What is APEX?

APEX is the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada and is the recognized voice of Executives, with a proud tradition of advancing issues affecting Executives including compensation, terms and conditions of employment and workplace health. Supported by a Chief Executive Officer, a small staff, and Executives drawn from various federal Departments and Agencies, the Board of Directors provides strategic direction and oversight to the work of the Corporation’s staff.

What is the composition of the APEX Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors is composed of 15 Directors consisting of nine (9) members from the National Capital Region, and one (1) for each of the following regions: Atlantic Region, Quebec Region, Ontario Region, Prairie Region and British Columbia Region.  One Board position is reserved for an Associate member, a former member of the Executive Group (or equivalent) of the Public Service of Canada.

***NEW!  This year a new Director for the North is being added subject to approval by the Membership at the Annual General Meeting in Oct 2023.  

How much time is involved in being a Board member?

Board members typically attend 6 to 8 regular Board meetings per year, including an annual planning meeting(s). Members are requested to come prepared to meetings and actively participate in discussions. Meetings are normally held between 4-6 p.m.  Standing Committee meetings are typically held only a few times per year.  Signature events like the APEX Leadership Summit, Entry to the Executive Ranks Ceremony, and the Annual General Meeting are all held once a year. In addition to participating in Board meetings, Board members will be periodically engaged to seek their input, guidance, and leadership on varying topics.

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