Wendy Ace, Director (non-executive)
Wendy Ace is a Senior Advisor with the Canada School of Public Service where she is responsible for leading learning and leadership development for executives in the Canadian Public Service. In this role she provides thought leadership and operational oversight to drive the public service’s broad-based learning agenda for continued innovation and impact. Her primary areas of responsibility include shaping a learning agenda that is integrated with the public sector’s strategic priorities; delivering world-class learning curricula for pivotal roles; ensuring the application of leading-edge learning approaches including digital learning, operating a world class learning organization, and extending the public service’s external reach and relevance and client impact.
Wendy’s primary focus is on working with top teams, public sector executives and company leadership to build high-performing organizations, including shaping compelling visions and redesigning core processes and systems. She offers expertise in effective corporate learning and successful leadership development, helping to determine how individuals reach their greatest potential within organizations. Wendy has successfully supported Canadian Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers and senior executives as well as Heads of State in Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean and the United States.
As a Master Certified Coach, Wendy has developed radical approaches to organizational transformation, which integrate the deeply personal dimensions of awareness and meaning with external performance drivers—including structure, process and measurement—with significant results.
Prior to joining the Canada School of Public Service in 2003, Wendy worked with the Privy Council Office, Public Works and Government Services Canada and Transport Canada – where she led major change programs in telecommunications, transportation, policy and professional services in China, Africa and the United States. After managing the $20M, 5-year Canada Fund for Africa project to its successful completion, Wendy turned her focus on leadership development within the Canadian public sector.
Since 2008 Wendy has been advising federal departments on organizational and leadership development. She has deep expertise in helping federal government departments to implement major reforms and policy initiatives. In her work with the Canadian International Development Agency, Wendy designed and implemented an employee engagement strategy that resulted in increased employee satisfaction and a published article in the peer-reviewed journal of the international Organization Development Network (ODN) entitled Overcoming Change Fatigue Through Focused Employee Engagement.
Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Wendy coaches leaders in Canada and around the world as they prepare for their futures.