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Anne Kelly

DM Co-Chair of APEX Leadership Summit 2021

Anne Kelly, Commissioner, Correctional Service Canada

Anne Kelly was appointed Interim Commissioner on February 5, 2018 and was formally appointed as Commissioner on July 26, 2018.

Ms. Kelly started her career with the Correctional Service of Canada in 1983 as a case management officer at Collins Bay Institution.

Since then, she has served in many roles at CSC. Highlights of her career have included Unit Manager at Warkworth and Joyceville Institutions, Deputy Warden at Mountain Institution, Director General, Offender Programs and Reintegration as well as Deputy Commissioner for Women at NHQ and Regional Deputy Commissioner of the Pacific Region for five years, prior to being appointed as Senior Deputy Commissioner in November 2011.

Daniel Quan-Watson

DM Co-Chair of APEX Leadership Summit 2021

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

Daniel Quan-Watson is a proud public servant who is passionate about the role that public institutions play in shaping Canada and the lives of Canadians. His appointment at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Affairs is his fifth appointment as a Deputy Minister, having been Deputy Minister (and previously Associate Deputy Minister) of Western Economic Diversification, Chief Human Resources Officer for the Government of Canada and Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada.

Much of his career has focused on work with Indigenous peoples and issues, having been the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy and Strategic Direction at the former Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Director General of the Aboriginal Justice Directorate at the federal Department of Justice, and Director of Aboriginal and Territorial Relations at INAC’s Northwest Territories Regional Office. With the Government of British Columbia, he was Director of Treaty Implementation and Settlement Legislation where he led the development of the Nisga’a Final Agreement Act (British Columbia) among other major initiatives and, with the Government of Saskatchewan where he was responsible for first negotiations between provincial Department of Education and what was then the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.

Jacqueline Rigg

Jacqueline Rigg was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) in June 2019. APEX is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the professional needs, of the senior leadership of the federal public service.

Jacqueline comes to APEX after serving as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Human Resources Branch at Canada Border Services Agency. She has also served as Director General Human Resources at both Canada Border Services Agency and the Department of National Defence as well as, positions at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and Communications Security Establishment. Prior to joining the public service in 2007, she was an executive at Bell Canada, where she held positions in Finance, Marketing and Communications.

Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree Honours (Major Finance) from the University of Ottawa and an Executive Leadership Program Certification from Queen’s University. She is a seasoned talent management and leadership coach certified by the World Customs Organization and delivers training internationally. She is active in community youth programs, sits on the Board of Trustees of the Ottawa Grace Manor and is a Champion and co-founder of the Black Women’s Executive Network.

Anne Applebaum

Pulitzer Prize winning historian, journalist and commentator on geo-politics, Anne Applebaum examines the challenges and opportunities of global political and economic change through the lenses of world history and the contemporary political landscape.

Anne’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag: A History is about the Soviet concentration camps. Her book, Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, is the winner of her second Duff Cooper Prize and the 28th Lionel Gelber Prize 2018. In it, Anne proves what many suspected: Stalin set out to destroy the Ukrainian peasantry. Anne is the only author to win the Duff Cooper Prize twice. Her other books include Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1946, which won a Cundill Prize for Historical Literature, and Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe.

In July 2020, Penguin published ‘Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism” – in this work, she outlines eloquently why elites in democracies around the world are turning toward nationalism and authoritarianism. The book became an immediate NYT best-seller in the non-fiction section. Anne was later named one of “The Top 50 Thinkers of the Covid-19 Age” by Prospect magazine. In December 2020, Barack Obama listed this book as one of his favourite reads of the year.

She is a Senior Fellow of International Affairs and Agora Fellow in Residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. Anne attended Yale University and was a Marshall Scholar at the London School of Economics and St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

Diane Bergeron

Diane was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at the age of five. By the time she was ten, she was considered legally blind, and lost all sight in her 30’s. Undaunted by this, Diane continues to achieve whatever goal she sets her sights on – from higher education: she has her Master of Arts in Leadership – to physical fitness: she recently completed an Ironman. What many would call a disadvantage, Diane has turned into an incredible strength.

Through all of Diane’s work, sport and volunteer activities, she demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life of all people. Diane is currently a Vice President for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), in a national and international advocacy role, and has held an array of other high-level positions in organizations that advocate for people with disabilities.

Diane truly believes that we are only limited by our own self-concept. Challenging stereotypes is her way of life, and is how she opens ideas, conversations, and how she demonstrates that nothing is impossible if the will and support is there to try. Even without the ability to see, Diane’s vision is clear!

Mark Carney

Mark Carney is a Vice Chair of Brookfield Asset Management and Head of ESG and Impact Fund Investing. In this role, he is focused on the development of products for investors that will combine positive social and environmental outcomes with strong risk-adjusted returns.

Mr. Carney is an economist and banker who served as the Governor of the Bank of England from 2013 to 2020, and prior to that as Governor of the Bank of Canada from 2008 until 2013. He was Chairman of the Financial Stability Board from 2011 to 2018. Prior to his governorships, Mr. Carney worked at Goldman Sachs as well as the Canadian Department of Finance. He is a long-time and well-known advocate for sustainability, specifically with regard to the management and reduction of climate risks, and is currently the United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance.

Mr. Carney received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University and a master’s degree and doctorate from Oxford University.

Judy Croon

Judy is a comedian, motivational speaker (including Ted Talks), radio host, Second City stand up coach and author. She has worked with many celebrities including: John Cleese, Jon Stewart and Joan Rivers. Her specials have appeared on NBC, CBS, CTV and The Comedy Network.

She is a co-author of ‘From the Stage to the Page: Life Lessons from Four Funny Ladies!” Judy draws from her stand up and coaching experience to entertain, inform and inspire in her dynamic presentations. She is a regular volunteer with City Street Outreach – a program that feeds Toronto’s homeless and needy. Judy is the creator/host of ‘Laughlines’ and ‘Stand Up For The Girls’ which have both helped raise over $650,000 for breast cancer research.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

His meteoric rise has been so remarkable that the Kansas City Star called him “the most interesting man in the NFL.” And for good reason: not only does Laurent Duvernay-Tardif play for the Kansas City Chiefs, he also studied medicine at McGill University. In May 2018, he graduated with his doctorate in medicine, earning one of the biggest accomplishments of his life.

In May 2014, at the age of only 23, the Mont-Saint-Hilaire native became the 10th Canadian to be drafted by an NFL team from a Canadian university. In his second season in Kansas City, the six-foot-five-inch 320-pound player earned the position of right guard on the team.

Passionate about both football and medicine, Laurent turned a deaf ear when counsellors and family members advised him to choose between sports and studies. And it proved to be the right choice! “It’s all about balance. Don’t give up on your passions!” he tells the young people he meets at the many talks he gives at schools.

During the spring of 2020, Laurent lent a helping hand during the Covid-19 pandemic by working as an orderly at a long-term care facility in the Montreal area. In July 2020, Laurent announced that he was opting out of the 2020 NFL season due to Covid-19, becoming the 1st player of the 2020 NFL season to announce his decision to opt-out. In 2020, he was named co- recipients of the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year award as well as the co-winner for the 2020 Lou Marsh Trophy.

Jeremy Gutsche

Jeremy Gutsche (GOOCH-AY) is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning innovation expert, one of the most requested keynote speakers on the planet, and the founder of TrendHunter.com, the world’s #1 most popular trend website, attracting over 3 BILLION views from 150,000,000 total visitors. Prior to Trend Hunter, Jeremy grew a $1 billion portfolio for a bank, and today over 700 brands, billionaires and CEOs rely on his unique expertise to FIND BETTER IDEAS FASTER. He has been described as “a new breed of trend spotter” by The Guardian, “an eagle eye” by Global TV, an “Oracle” by the Globe and Mail, an “intellectual can of Red Bull” by Association Week and “on the forefront of cool” by MTV.

The Honourable Frank McKenna, P.C., O.C., O.N.B., Q.C.

Frank McKenna is one of Canada’s most respected political and business leaders. He has been an executive with TD Bank Group since 2006 and joined TD Securities in January 2020. As Deputy Chair, he is focused on supporting the continued expansion of TD Securities’ global footprint.

He is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, Queen’s University and the University of New Brunswick Law School. He was awarded a prestigious Lord Beaverbrook Scholarship in Law and has practiced in courtrooms all the way up to the Supreme Court of Canada. He achieved widespread acclaim for his successful defence of Canadian boxing legend, Yvon Durelle.

He was elected Premier of New Brunswick in 1987 in a historic victory that left him with all 58 seats in the legislative assembly. His time as a Premier was marked with widespread acclaim for balanced budgets and unprecedented job creation. He was the only politician in Canadian history to ever be named as Economic Developer of the Year and was inducted into the Canadian Technology Hall of Fame.

In 2005 he accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Paul Martin to become Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America. Upon completing his time as Ambassador, he resumed his corporate career with TD Bank Group, one of North America’s largest banks. He also became the Chairman of Brookfield Asset Management, a global asset manager with $500 billion in assets. Additionally, he became a Director of Canadian Natural Resources (CNRL), Canada’s largest oil and gas producer.

Michele Romanow

Tech titan Michele Romanow is a serial entrepreneur who started six companies before her 35th birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Romanow is the Co-founder and President of Clearbanc. Clearbanc has invested more than $1B into 3,300 companies making them the biggest ecommerce investor in the world. She previously co-founded SnapSaves, acquired by American tech giant, Groupon, and Buytopia.ca, which acquired ten competitors, including Shop.ca and WagJag. As a highly in-demand speakers, Romanow brings her incredible entrepreneurial savvy to every stage.

In 2015, Romanow became the youngest judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den (Canada’s Shark Tank), and has been a ‘Dragon’ for the last six seasons. A prolific investor, Romanow was recently named Fortune’s 40 under 40, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women and Canada’s Angel Investor of the Year.

Romanow has created digital solutions for many of the world’s leading brands, including P&G, Netflix, Starbucks, and Cirque du Soleil. In the media, Romanow’s work has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, TechCrunch, and The Globe and Mail.

Romanow is a director for Vail Resorts, Freshii, BBTV and League of Innovators. Previously she was a director for Whistler Blackcomb and SHAD International. Romanow also co-founded the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative non-profit with Sir Richard Branson.

Blair Sheppard

Blair Sheppard joined PwC in June 2012 as Global Leader, Strategy and Leadership. Blair leads the team that is responsible for articulating PwC’s global strategy across 158 countries and development of the current and next generation of PwC leaders. He is also Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Prior to joining PwC, Blair spent the majority of his career as a Professor at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.  During his tenure, Blair served several roles, including Associate Dean for Executive Education, during which Fuqua created one of the world’s first blended degrees, the Global Executive MBA, and founding CEO and Chairman of Duke Corporate Education, which was rated by the leading business journals as the world’s top provider of custom executive education for nine years in a row. As Dean, Blair was also the primary architect of Duke Kunshan University, which opened in 2014. His final role prior to joining PwC was as Special Advisor to Duke Kunshan University.

Blair has advised more than 100 companies and governments in the areas of leadership, corporate strategy, organizational relationships and design, and has published more than 50 books and articles. His most recent publications include Adapting to a new world and The urgent need for sophisticated leadership both in strategy+business magazine. His latest book Ten Years to Midnight was published on August 4, 2020.

Blair received his Doctorate in social psychology from the University of Illinois in 1980 and his Masters from the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) in 1977.

Samra Zafar

Samra Zafar is an award-winning internationally renowned speaker, bestselling author, and educator for equity, mental health, and human rights. She has been recognized among the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, Top 25 Most Inspirational Women in Canada, and Top 25 Canadian Immigrants. Her book, A Good Wife: Escaping The Life I Never Chose, based on her journey of escaping an abusive child marriage to pursue her education and shed light on gender-based oppression, is a national bestseller, was one of CBC’s Best Books of 2019, and is being adapted to a premium TV series. She serves as a Governor at the University of Toronto, a Celebrated Ambassador for Plan International, and a board member for Women’s College Hospital Foundation. Her work has impacted millions and has been extensively featured in national and global media. Samra’s speaking portfolio includes three successful TED Talks, and many leading corporations, universities, and non-profits around the world.

Book – A Good Wife: Escaping the Life I Never Chose