Resetting Your Leadership: The Keys to Staff Engagement – November 6, 2020


Pontefract GroupIn collaboration with the Pontefract Group, the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) is proud to offer this session under its Leadership Series.

APEX Leadership Series


Cost: FREE (costs covered by APEX)

What: Resetting Your Leadership: The Keys to Staff Engagement


  • on November 5, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST (60 min)
  • on November 6, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST (60 min) (repeat)

(Note: this session is offered on two dates to accommodate executives’ schedules.)

Audience: Executives of the Public Service (EX-01 to EX-05 or equivalent) across Canada and internationally.

Where: Virtually – available via webinar or teleconference across Canada and globally to Federal Executives abroad. A meeting link will be sent once you are registered.


This session will be delivered primarily in English however participants are invited to submit their questions in the official language of their choice.


Opening Remarks:

    • Jacqueline Rigg, Chief Executive Officer, APEX


    • Dan Pontefract, Leadership strategist and the founder of the Pontefract Group



About this Event:

There are only two kinds of leadership in this world: leading self and leading others. It’s that simple, only two. In the midst of a pandemic, times are complex. Now, more than ever, how you conduct yourself might become the defining moment of your career, particularly as Government of Canada staff and leaders continue to work from home. One of the keys is how we build upon our relationships and our ways of collaborating.

When we understand the critical importance of crafting meaningful, respectful relationships among our team, we’ve set ourselves up for success. But when those interactions are no longer face-to-face—when everything we do is virtual and remote—how can we ensure that those relationships will continue, let alone start anew?

The bottom line is we as leaders need to ensure we are collaborating; we must go above and beyond the call of duty. All of it requires both reminders and new methods of remote leadership. After all, the pandemic is not going away any time soon. In this virtual keynote, you will leave with insights, stories and practical techniques on how to effectively lead virtual teams. We may be apart, but that doesn’t mean we’re alone. How we connect, communicate, collaborate and coach our teams is crucial to getting our projects and deliverables accomplished.

Ultimately we must remember that we’re all in this together, even when we’re apart.

Speakers’ Bio:

Pontefract Group

Dan Pontefract
Leadership strategist and the founder of the Pontefract Group

Dan Pontefract

Dan Pontefract is a leadership strategist and the founder of the Pontefract Group, a firm that improves the state of leadership and organizational culture.

He is the best-selling author of four books: LEAD. CARE. WIN., OPEN TO THINK, THE PURPOSE EFFECT and FLAT ARMY. A renowned speaker, Dan has presented at four different TED events and also writes for Forbes and Harvard Business Review. Dan is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business and has garnered more than 20 industry awards over his career.

Previously as Chief Learning Officer and Chief Envisioner at TELUS—a Canadian telecommunications company with $14 billion in revenues and 50,000 global employees—he launched the Transformation Office, TELUS MBA, and TELUS Leadership Philosophy, all award winning initiatives that dramatically helped to increase the company’s employee engagement to record levels of nearly 90%.

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