APEX 2020 Leadership Symposium

Invest in Your EXcellence

Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27, 2020
The Shaw Centre, Ottawa

Preliminary Program

(as of March 5, 2020)

Message from Deputy Minister Co-Chairs

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

Keynote Sessions

The Clerk’s Address

  • Ian Shugart, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet

Economic and Financial Outlook

  • Stéfane Marion, Chief Economist and Strategist, National Bank of Canada; Executive Vice-President, Financial Markets

Canada/China Relations

  • Dominic Barton, Canada’s Ambassador to China, Global Affairs Canada

Inclusion Panel

  • Nancy Chahwan, Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Mary Lou Maher, Head of Global Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG International and Managing Partner, Quality and Risk Management, KPMG
  • Monica Oldham, Global Head, Diversity and Inclusion, The World Bank Group

Moderated by:

  • Susan Black, Chief Executive Officer, The Conference Board of Canada

The Theory of Creativity – Embedding a Sustainable Culture of Innovation and Creativity

  • Duncan Wardle, Founder of id8 & innov8, Former Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney

Unconsciously Biased

  • Rumeet Billan, President and CEO of Viewpoint Leadership; Expert on Psychological Capital; Award-winning, Internationally Recognized Entrepreneur; Learning Architect, Speaker; Author and Humanitarian

Relentless Adaptation

  • Amber Mac, Digital Innovation Expert, Co-host of Marketing Disrupted and the AI Effect


  • Isabelle Fontaine, Expert in Performance Psychology and Emotional Intelligence; Teacher, Université du Québec à Montréal and l’école Polytechnique Montréal; Author of two best sellers: Empower and Le courage : comment l’activer ?

Concurrent Sessions

C1 – Brain Fitness: Change your Brain, Change your Results

  • Jill Hewlett, Brain Fitness Expert & Wellness Authority

C2 – Empowering Leaders in the Data Driven Economy – Presented in Partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation

  • Susan Etlinger
  • Bob Fay

Moderated by:

  • Aaron Shull, Managing Director and General Counsel, Centre for International Governance Innovation

C3 – Dialogue with a Deputy (Small Group Interactive Discussions with Deputy Ministers)

  • Nathalie Drouin, Deputy Minister, Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada
  • Chris Forbes, Deputy Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Christiane Fox, Deputy Minister, Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth, Privy Council Office
  • Michael Keenan, Deputy Minister, Transport Canada
  • Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development
  • Catrina Tapley, Deputy Minister, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Moderated by:

  • Danl Loewen, Senior Faculty, Canada School of Public Service

C4 – Designing an Inclusive and Accessible Canada

  • Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia

C5 – Future of Work

  • Rohinton P. Medhora, President, Centre for International Governance Innovation

Moderated by:

  • Marty Muldoon, Assistant Deputy Minister and CFO, Public Service and Procurement Canada

C6 –Innovation Workshop – Think Differently

  • Duncan Wardle, Founder of id8 & innov8, Former Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney

C7 – Investing Today to Reduce Climate Change Impacts for Tomorrow

  • Patricia Fuller, Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Gordon McBean, Professor Emeritus; Director of Policy, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, University of Western Ontario; World-renowned Climate Change Expert; Recipient of Nobel Peace Prize 2007; Former President, International Council for Science; Former Assistant Deputy Minister, Weather, Climate and Air Quality, Environment Canada
  • Terri Lynn Morrison, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Indigenous Clean Energy

Moderated by:

  • Glen Hodgson, Chief Economist, International Financial Consulting Ltd

C8 – Leveraging the World’s Largest Untapped Mental Health Resource: People

  • Stéphane Grenier, Founder of Mental Health Innovations; Author of AFTER THE WAR: Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture; Retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Canadian Forces

Moderated by:

  • Sapna Mahajan, Director, Workplace, Policies and Services; and Co-chair of the Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

C9 – Mindful Well-being for Leaders: Practices that Support Leadership Excellence, High Performing Teams and a Culture of Well-being

  • Geoffrey Soloway

C10 – The Opioid Crisis and Implications for Canadian Society

  • Dr. Jeff Turnbull, Medical Director of Ottawa Inner City Health project for the homeless in Ottawa; Senior Medical Officer for Correctional Service of Canada; Former Department Chair of Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa
  • Senator Vernon White, Senator; Former Chief of Police of the Ottawa Police Service; Awarded Commissioners Commendation, a Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and a United Way Community Builder of the Year Award

C11 – Character Leadership

  • Dan Couture, Assistant Commissioner and Chief Human Resources Officer, Canada Revenue Agency
  • Mary Crossan, Professor, General Management & Strategy, Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario