WANTED: Government officials to lead Canada’s senior civil service association

By on 24/05/2016
Michel G Vermette, Chief Executive Officer, APEX, the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada

Canada’s senior civil service association is looking for volunteers to join its board of directors.

APEX (the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which lobbies the government on behalf of senior officials on issues such as compensation, the work environment and public service management reform.

It is seeking “individuals with particular interest or experience in leadership of transformational change; engagement and communications with a particular emphasis on social media; financial oversight; and board governance, including board leadership positions,” according to its website.

The organisation is governed by a volunteer board of 15 directors of federal executives, including regional representatives, and the board is supported by a permanent secretariat led by chief executive officer – currently Michel G. Vermette.

There are currently six board vacancies: one director from the Quebec/Nunavut region; one director from the Ontario region; three directors from the National Capital region; and one director from associate members –  a former member of the executive group (or equivalent) of Canada’s public service.

Apex board members are typically expected to attend six to eight meetings per year, including a one-day annual planning meeting; participate in and promote APEX events; and chair or be a member of an APEX board committee.

There are three permanent committees at APEX – the audit, governance, and nominating committees, but the Board can also strike a committee to address a particular issue or initiative.

Candidates, who will be vetted by the nominating committee, should be “energetic and good communicators” and be willing to “promote and champion Apex within their organisations and/or region as well as through their professional and informal networks,” according to the association’s website.

APEX is looking for people with “significant financial and human resources experience”; as well as officials who are well versed in marketing and social media; and are “aware of public service wide issues and trends that affect the executive cadre.”

The new board members will assume office for a three-year term following the APEX Annual General Meeting to be held on 27 September 27 this year.

Applications are open until 17 June.

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About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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