Deborah Apps

President & CEO, Trans Canada Trail

Deborah Apps

Deborah Apps
President & CEO, Trans Canada Trail

Deborah Apps is a charitable sector leader with more than 25 years’ experience in government, health care, education, and the arts. Deborah joined the Trans Canada Trail as President & CEO in September 2008. Before assuming the role of CEO, Deborah served on the Board of Directors for three years. Deborah brings a strong record of accomplishment in organizational leadership, strategic planning and change management to the Trans Canada Trail.

Prior to joining TCT, Deborah was the Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Relations for the Calgary Health Region, overseeing strategic communications, community outreach and philanthropy. During her time at the Calgary Health Region, she was responsible for regional communications and the Health Region’s rebranding, as well as providing 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.

Previously, Deborah served as the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. Under her leadership, the Foundation completed the most successful fundraising campaign for paediatric health care in Calgary, raising more than $55 million in support of the new state-of-the-art Alberta Children’s Hospital and its programs.

Through her active engagement as a volunteer and professional leader in the communities where she has lived, Deborah has developed an international network of senior corporate and government leaders, local and national philanthropic organizations, and community philanthropists that speaks to her reputation as a collaborator and her ability to bring people together in support of organizational vision.

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.