Deborah Apps is a charitable sector leader with more than 30 years’ experience in government, health care, education, and the arts. Deborah joined the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) as President & CEO in September 2008, and before that served on the Board of Directors for three years.
Prior joining TCT, Deborah was Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Relations for the Calgary Health Region (CHR), responsible for strategic communications, community outreach, and philanthropy. During her tenure at the CHR, she oversaw the rebranding of the Health Region, and provided executive leadership for the launch and successful completion of Reach!, a $300 million+ joint fundraising initiative between the Calgary Health Region and the University of Calgary.
Prior to this, Deborah served as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. Under her leadership, the Foundation completed the most successful fundraising campaign for pediatric health care in Alberta, raising more than $55 million in support of the new state-of-the-art Alberta Children’s Hospital. While living in British Columbia Deborah served as Executive Director of the University of British Columbia Alumni Association for nine years, and Director of External Relations at Pearson College. She also consulted in the not for profit community.
Deborah has a strong record of accomplishment in organizational leadership, strategic planning, fundraising and change management.
In 2012 Deborah was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of her commitment and dedication to the Trans Canada Trail legacy project, and her extensive and ongoing work in the charitable sector.