APEX Leadership Summit 2021

Shape the Future, Together

May 11-13, 2021 | 11:00 – 3:30 pm

Virtual Summit Program | Download the detailed Program!

(as of March 17, 2021)

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Day 1 – Tuesday May 11, 2021
Global Context, Challenges & Opportunities

All times Eastern


Virtual Reception Area
11:00 – 11:30

Access to exhibitor kiosks, Summit program agenda, list of speakers and resources and Summit plenary

Welcoming Remarks11:35 – 11:45

  • Jacqueline Rigg, CEO, APEX

Setting the Scene with Deputy Head Summit Co-Chairs11:45 – 11:55

  • Daniel Quan-Watson, Deputy Minister, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
  • Anne Kelly, Commissioner, Correctional Service Canada

Opening Keynote: Understanding the Global Geo-political Landscape12:00 – 12:40

  • Mark Carney, Vice-Chair, Brookfield Asset Management and Head of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) and Impact Fund Investing

Interview: The Role of Public Service in Shaping Canada12:45 – 13:25

  • The Honourable Frank McKenna, P.C., O.C., O.N.B., Q.C., Deputy Chairman, TD Bank

Presentation: Top Trends & Practices in 202113:30 – 14:10

  • Jeremy Gutsche, CEO, Trend Hunter

Closing Interview: Unpacking the Twilight of Democracy14:15 – 14:55

  • Anne Applebaum, Journalist, Author, Historian

Wrap up14:55 – 15:00


Day 2 – Wednesday May 12, 2021
Nourishing Mental & Emotional Health


Virtual Reception Area
11:00 – 11:30

Access to exhibitor kiosks, Summit program agenda, list of speakers and resources and Summit plenary

Opening Interview: Perspectives from the Covid Front Line11:50 – 12:30

  • Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, M.D., NFL Player

Presentation: Searching for Solutions to Diversity & Inclusion12:35 – 13:15

  • Rola Dagher, Global Channel Chief, Dell Technologies
  • Catherine Luelo, Senior VP & Chief Information Officer, Air Canada
  • Patrice Njoh, Leader, Change Management & DEI CoP, Deloitte

Presentation: Relieving Work-related Stress with Humour13:20 – 14:00

  • Judy Croon, Comedian

APEX Awards of Excellence Ceremony14:05 – 15:15

  • Emcee: Jacqueline Rigg, APEX, CEO
    Recipients of the APEX Awards of Excellence for 2020 and 2021 will be honoured on May 12. Consult the full list of 2020 Recipients! The 2021 Recipients will be announced in the near future.

Day 3 – Thursday May 13, 2021
Inspirational Leadership & Resilience


Virtual Reception Area
11:00 – 11:30

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Opening Interview: Survival and Self-Discovery: Observations from a Child Bride11:50 – 12:30

  • Samra Zafar, Author, Human Rights Activist

Presentation: Lessons in Resilience from a Blind Athlete12:35 – 13:15

  • Diane Bergeron, President, Blind Iron Vision & Vice-President, Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Presentation: Harnessing the Power of the Six Paradoxes of Leadership13:20 – 14:00

  • Blair Sheppard, PwC Global Leader, Strategy & Leadership

Closing Keynote: Embracing Change, Encouraging Disruption and Incentivizing Innovation14:05 – 14:45

  • Michele Romanow, CBC’s Dragons’ Den & Co-Founder, Clearbanc

Concluding Remarks14:55 – 15:15

  • Jacqueline Rigg, APEX, CEO