Visible Minorities in the Senior Ranks of the Public Service of Canada: Challenges and Opportunities – September 17, 2020

APEX & CSPS Collaboration

Date and time:
September 17, 2020, 1:30 – 3:00 PM EST (90 min)

Location: Available across Canada by webcast

Audience: Executives at all levels

How: Register HereThis session will be bilingual, with interpretation in both official languages

Opening Remarks:

    • Jacqueline Rigg, Chief Executive Officer, APEX
    • Taki Sarantakis, President, Canada School Public Service


    • Daniel Quan-Watson, Deputy Minister, Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada


    • Brien Convery, National Director, Early Talent Acquisition, Attraction and Engagement, Royal Bank of Canada
    • Gail Johnson, Chief Human Resources Officer, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    • Dr. Myrna Lashley, Psychologist, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
    • Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta (head of Canada’s diplomatic representation in Southeast USA)


On September 17, the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service (APEX) and the Canada School of Public Service are collaborating to advance the dialogue on inclusion and respectful workplaces in the Public Service of Canada.

This panel discussion will focus on visible minorities and the challenges they face in moving into the senior ranks of the federal public service.

Daniel Quan-Watson, Deputy Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, is the Champion for Visible Minorities for the federal public service. He will moderate the discussion, addressing the overall benefits of recruiting, supporting, and promoting a diverse workforce.

The panel will talk about their experiences and how to bring about progressive and positive changes within the federal public service. This includes what executives can do as leaders to adopt concrete actions and best practices to move the yardstick.


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