Symposium Speakers

Chris Forbes

DM Co-Chair of 2019 APEX Symposium

Deputy Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

On May 29, 2017, Chris Forbes was appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).  Prior to returning to AAFC, Mr. Forbes served as Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Finance from November 2016 to May 2017. He was Associate Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada from January 2015 to November 2016. From May 2013 to January 2015, Mr. Forbes was Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch and Regional Directors General Offices at Environment Canada. From November 2010 to May 2013, he was Assistant Deputy Minister, Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy Branch at the Department of Finance.

Mr. Forbes joined the federal government in 2000, and has held several senior positions in the areas of policy development, economic analysis and regulations and managed a range of regional programs. He has also worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Toronto Dominion Bank. Mr. Forbes holds a Masters in Economics from McGill University.

Christiane Fox

DM Co-Chair of 2019 APEX Symposium

Deputy Minister, Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth, Privy Council Office

Christiane Fox was appointed Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth in June 2017. She previously held the position of Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Communications and Consultations at the Privy Council Office (PCO) from March 2015 to June 2017. Prior to that, she had been Director of Operations, Policy, in the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Relations Secretariat and Director General of Communications at the Privy Council Office.

Prior to her arrival at the PCO, she had spent 10 years at Industry Canada, now Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. She worked in Communications, in the Deputy Minister’s Office, the Minister’s office and in Science Policy. She also spent a year with the Competition Policy Review Secretariat, as the Director of Communications and Consultations.  Christiane started her career as a Communications Advisor at Industry Canada in 2002.  Christiane has a BA in Mass Communications and Psychology from Carleton University, and is a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Masters Certificate Program in Public Administration.