Athabasca University leads the way in Canada when it comes to online and distance learning. Delivering courses exclusively through online and distance learning, Athabasca University thinks outside the box to explore the art of what is possible when you use the tools and technology available to you. Join us for a live webinar with Athabasca University President, Dr Neil Fassina. He will share some of the lessons learned from 25 years of online delivery and will help us look to the future and explore what is possible for the delivery of skilled trades technical training. This presentation will outline the future of learning environments where apprentices can learn anywhere in a ‘just-in-time’ format in manageable chunks that are ‘just-enough’ and are customized ‘just-for-them’.
Dr. Neil Fassina
President, Athabasca University
Dr. Neil Fassina is the president of Athabasca University, Canada’s first and only fully digital university and a world leader in online education. Dr. Fassina was formerly the vice-president academic and provost at NAIT and dean of the JR Shaw School of Business. He holds a PhD in Management from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a BSc in psychology from the University of Calgary. He is a chartered professional in human resources (CPHR) and a chartered director through the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).
Canadian Apprenticeship Forum
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF-FCA) is a non-profit organization that connects Canada’s apprenticeship community. Participants work collaboratively to support vibrant and innovative apprenticeship systems and policies with a view to developing a highly-skilled, inclusive and mobile skilled trades workforce. Employers, unions, equity-seeking groups, educational institutions and the jurisdictions support CAF-FCA operations through membership.

CAF-FCA is the only organization that brings together apprenticeship stakeholders from across trades, across sectors and across Canada to share information and promising practices, identify challenges and propose joint solutions. As a national voice for the apprenticeship community, CAF-FCA influences apprenticeship strategies through research, discussion and collaboration. Its research and events provide stakeholders with accurate, unbiased insights into apprenticeship challenges and barriers and illustrates the substantial benefits of hiring and training apprentices.