Celebrating Leadership, Innovation and Diversity

June 7 and 8, 2017

Shaw Centre - 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa


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  • APEX Members (Regions): $1300
  • Non-Members: $1800
  • Associate Members: $500

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  • Catherine Blewett, Deputy Minister Department of Fisheries and Oceans and;                
  • Jean-François Tremblay, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Highlights for June 7th, 2017

    • Keynote - Celebrating the Role of the Public Service
      • Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council

    • Keynote - How to Exploit Technology to Address Global Challenges
      • Salim Ismail, Global Ambassador, Singularity University

  • Keynote - Canada's Place in the World
    • The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Canada's 26th Governor General

  • Six (6) concurrent sessions:

        • Diversity and Inclusiveness: A Strategic Edge in Today`s Workplace
          • Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human Resource Officer, Royal Bank of Canada
          • Neill Kernohan, Positive Space Initiative, Ontario Government
          • Marnie Panas, Senior Employee Relations Advisor, Alberta Health Services
        • Indigenous Talent: Practical Approaches on Recruitment and Retention
          • Don Head, Commissioner, Correctional Service Canada
          • Manon Tremblay, Senior Project Leader, Public Service Commission
          • Gina Wilson, Associate Deputy Minister, Public Safety Canada
        • Tackling Ethical Dilemmas in your Day to Day: Cases Under the Microscope
          • John Ossowski, President, Canada Border Services Agency
          • Jaime Pitfield, ADM, Infrastructure and Environment, National Defence, Retired
        • The Workplace is evolving: Managing Multiple Generations!
          • Mireille Laroche, Assistant Commissioner, Canada Revenue Agency
          • Renée Légaré, Executive Vice-President, Ottawa Hospital
            • What Is Changing in Our Political Landscape?
              • Susan Delacourt, Toronto Star
              • Robert Fife, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Globe and Mail
              • Alan Freeman, Senior Fellow, Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
              • Marie Vastel, Ottawa Parliamentary Correspondent, Le Devoir
            • Service Delivery: Digitalization and Cooperation are Keys to Success
              • Kevin Armstrong, Partner, Deloitte
              • Alex Benay, President and CEO, Canada Science and Technology Museums

  • Special Guest - Rabbi Bulka, Kindness Canada

  • Closing Event for June 7th:  2017 Awards Gala Celebration

Highlights for June 8th, 2017

  • Keynote - What is Going-On in the World? Social and Economic Trends - The New Canada
    • Darrell Bricker, Global Chief Executive Officer, IPSOS Public Affairs
  • Keynote - The Contribution of Indigenous Peoples to Canada's Future.
    • Commissioner Michèle Audette
    • JP Gladu, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
    • Natan Obed, President, Inuit Tapirit Kanatami

  • Five (5) concurrent sessions:

    • Workplace Wellness: What It Takes
      • Jennifer Elia, AVP, Client Experience, Integrated Health Solutions, Sun Life Financial
    • Do You Have the Right Stuff to Be a Top Employer?
      • Christine Greco, Vice President, Human Resources, Samsung Canada
      • Michèle Maheux, Executive Director & COO, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
      • Aleksandra Szymkowiak, Talent Acquisition Director, L'Oréal
      • Are We Giving Enough Space to Citizens in Shaping the Federal Agenda?
        • Jacqueline Bogden, ADM, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, Health Canada
        • Christiane Fox, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Communications and Consultations, Privy Council Office
        • Matt Jones, Director General, Climate Change, Environment and Climate Change Canada
    • Using Social Media to predict Brexit, US Election Results, what`s next?
      • Erin Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Symbolics
    • Creative Ways to Solve Problems: The Design Lab in Action
      • Chrystia Chudczak, Executive Director, Design Lab, Innovation, Science & Economic Development
  • Special Guest - Raven Lacerte, Youth Ambassador, Moosehide Campaign

  • Closing Keynote