William Alfred Apps (born 1957) is a Canadian lawyer, businessman and prominent activist in both the Liberal Party of Canada and the Ontario Liberal Party. He is a lawyer with the firm Wildeboer Dellelce LLP. Apps is associated with a number of philanthropic and charitable causes. He has five daughters named Devon, Carlyle, Grace, Olivia and Aubrey Rose.
Alfred Apps was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1957, the son of Arthur Carlyle Apps (b. 1933) and Margaret Imogene (Gracey) Apps (1932–2005), the eldest of seven children. He spent his formative years in Woodstock, Ontario and attended high school at Woodstock Collegiate Institute. In 1979, he received his BA (Hons) in philosophy and economics at Huron University College, an affiliated college of the University of Western Ontario. He graduated in law from the University of Toronto in 1984 and was called to the Ontario bar in 1987. Apps served as Prime Minister of his high school students' council in 1974–75 and as President of both the Huron College Student's Council in 1978–1979. and of the University Students' Council in 1979–1980.
Although involved politically from the age of 15, Apps first came to prominence within the Liberal party in 1979 when, at age 22, he was elected Executive Vice-President of the Ontario Liberal Party. As a young Liberal, he also was involved in launching the reform movement of the Liberal Party at the national biennial convention of 1982, which culminated in the National Reform Convention of the Liberal Party, held in Halifax in 1985.
In 1984, he was appointed chief Ontario organizer for the successful John Turner leadership campaign.While studying law, he was a speechwriter for David Peterson, then Leader of the Opposition in Ontario, as well as for several cabinet ministers in the last Canadian government led by Pierre Trudeau.Apps ran as a Liberal in his home riding of Oxford in the federal elections of both 1984 and 1988 but was defeated by the long-serving Progressive Conservative incumbent, Bruce Halliday, losing by less than 3% of the vote in 1988.
During the 1993 federal election, Apps worked closely with Senator David Smith as election readiness chair for the Greater Toronto Area, an election in which the Liberal Party won every Toronto seat. He has played a key role in recruiting a number of prominent Liberal politicians into public life including former Prime Minister Paul Martin, former Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and the first female black Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister, Jean Augustine. He was also a backer of Ignatieff's 2006 and 2008 Liberal leadership bids.
On March 31, 2009, he was acclaimed as President of the Liberal Party of Canada. As President, he was responsible for guiding the party through the first phase of rebuilding following the May 2, 2011 general election and was responsible for the publication of the Party's "Roadmap to Renewal",together with a paper entitled "Building a Modern Liberal Party".He was succeeded by Mike Crawley who was elected at the Liberal Biennial Convention in Ottawa on January 15, 2012.
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