Visible Minorities in the Senior Ranks of the Public Service of Canada: Challenges and Opportunities

Challenges and Opportunities


This event is part of the Executive Learning Agenda and registration is limited to executives.

On September 17, the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service (APEX) and the Canada School of Public Service are collaborating to advance the dialogue on inclusion and respectful workplaces in the Public Service of Canada.

This panel discussion will focus on visible minorities and the challenges they face in moving into the senior ranks of the federal public service. The panel will talk about their experiences and how to bring about progressive and positive changes within the federal public service. This includes what executives can do as leaders to adopt concrete actions and best practices to move the yardstick.

Daniel Quan-Watson, Deputy Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, is the Champion for Visible Minorities for the federal public service. He will moderate the discussion, addressing the overall benefits of recruiting, supporting, and promoting a diverse workforce.

Learn more about the Anti-Racism Event Series. Registration to this event is limited to executives. However, a video of the recorded event will be made available for a limited time on our YouTube channel.

Opening Remarks

  • Jacqueline Rigg, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service
  • Taki Sarantakis, President, Canada School of Public Service


  • Brien Convery, National Director, Early Talent Acquisition, Attraction and Engagement, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Gail Johnson, Ph.D., Chief Human Resources Officer, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Dr. Myrna Lashley, Psychologist, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
  • Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta (head of Canada's diplomatic representation in Southeast USA)


Daniel Quan-Watson, Deputy Minister, Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada



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