The annual APEX Symposium, which is the largest gathering of federal executives of the Canadian Public Service, is being held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa May 31 and June 1, 2016. This year’s program is aligned with the new Key Leadership Competencies and the new commitments in executive Performance Agreements. The President of the Treasury Board and the Clerk of the Privy Council will speak. Keynote speakers recognized as global leaders in their areas of expertise will include: Rohinton Medhora, President of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Vijay Govindarajan the innovation guru and business professor from Tuffs and Harvard, Bill Wilkerson of Mental Health International and the Honourable Michael Wilson, Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. The concurrent sessions feature practitioners who will address workplace issues around health and wellbeing, policy innovation and collaboration, and leadership gaps.
On Leadership: An interview with Michel G. Vermette, CEO of APEX
Michel G. Vermette was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) in September 2015. Prior to coming to APEX,he was Deputy Commissioner, Vessel Procurement in the Canadian Coast Guard. Vermette spent much of his public service career in various parts of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, except for a few years during the 1990s when he worked for Canadian Blood Services. Craig Dowden, a regular contributor to CGE and an expert in Human Resources, interviewed Mr. Vermette recently. Vermette graduated with an MSc from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University.