Deborah Apps is a charitable sector leader with more than 30 years’ experience in government, health care, education and the arts. Deborah first became involved with Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in 2005, as a member of the Board of Directors. In 2008, she assumed the role of President & CEO, bringing with her a strong record of accomplishment in organizational leadership, government relations and change management.
Before joining TCT, Deborah was the Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Relations for the Calgary Health Region where she was responsible for all regional communications and provided executive leadership to the launch and successful completion of Reach! – a $300 million fundraising initiative between the Calgary Health Region and the University of Calgary. Prior to this, she served as the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation where she led the Foundation in its most successful fundraising campaign for pediatric health care in Alberta, raising more than $55 million.
Deborah is actively engaged as a volunteer and currently serves on a number of boards: she is a member of the board of the Rick Hansen Foundation, member and vice-chair of the Health Quality Council of Alberta, member of the East Coast Greenway Advisory Committee, and a member of the Advisory Board for the National Health & Fitness Institute. Deborah has recently assumed the role of Inaugural Chair for TREC Inc (Translating Research in Elder Care).
In recognition of her extensive and ongoing work in the charitable sector and for her commitment and dedication to the Trans Canada Trail legacy project, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012. Recently, in 2016, Deborah was elected a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, for her continuing work in the development of the Trans Canada Trail.
Deborah and her family are outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, cycling and winter sports, all of which they are thrilled to be able to do on The Great Trail.