The APEX Recognition of Entry to the Executive Ranks

Date: November 17, 2021
Type: Virtual - By invitation only

“The Power of An Opportunity”

APEX is excited to announce the 2021 Recognition of Entry into the Executive Ranks Ceremony – a premier virtual event, exclusively for Canada’s public service executive community. Our theme is “The Power of an Opportunity”. We will recognize and celebrate more than 750 new executives into the senior ranks of the federal Public Service.

The Event will be held on November 17, 2021 between 12:30pm and 2:00pm EST, to allow participation of executives from across Canada and abroad. A combination of keynotes from distinguished senior leaders, and a 2021 Olympic gold medalist, will motivate and encourage executives to seize opportunities to serve Canadians with pride and excellence.

Participation is by invitation only (New Executives who were appointed between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 will be receiving an invitation). This annual signature celebration will inspire, motivate and encourage the community to see the “Power of an Opportunity”.


  • To recognize, welcome and celebrate the 2020-2021 cohort of new executives.
  • To inspire participants to seize the “Power of an Opportunity”.


Christine Sinclair – International Soccer Star & Olympian

Gold! Christine Sinclair helped ‘change the colour of the medal’ in the 2020-2021 Olympics with the Canadian soccer team. She’s the captain of the Canadian national team and also the current world-record holder for the most goals made at the international level.

Dr. Bonnie Henry – Chief Medical Officer, British Columbia

Dr. Bonnie Henry is British Columbia’s most senior public health official. Dr. Henry is responsible for monitoring the health of all British Columbians and undertaking measures for disease prevention and control and health protection. Most recently, Dr. Henry has led the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and drug overdose emergency. Henry is also a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia. She was a family doctor and is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine.



Theme: “The Power of an Opportunity”

All times Eastern

NOTE: Participants are encouraged to connect 10 minutes prior to the start of the event.


  • 12:30 p.m. EST

    Welcoming Remarks

    Jacqueline Rigg, CEO, APEX

    Daryell Nowlan, Chair, APEX Board of Directors

  • Congratulatory Remarks

    Dr. Bonnie Henry, Chief Medical Officer, British Columbia

  • Opening Keynote: Message from the Interim Clerk of the Privy Council:

    Janice Charette, Interim Clerk of the Privy Council

  • Keynote: Message from the Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board Secretariat:

    Christine Donoghue, Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board Secretariat

  • Closing Interview: “The Power of an Opportunity”:

    Christine Sinclair, Captain of Canada’s 2021 Olympic Gold Medal Women’s Soccer Team

    Moderator: John Ossowski, President, Canada Border Services Agency and member of 1988 Canadian Olympic Rowing Team

  • 1:55 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

    Wrap up
    Jacqueline Rigg, CEO, APEX

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