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.