Dr. Neil Fassina


The big listen …

Long before becoming Athabasca University’s eighth President, Dr. Neil Fassina was already a fan of AU. Today, as the president of Canada’s Open University, he aligns his passions and tireless advocacy for lifelong learning to enable adult learners and their communities to reach their highest potential through an accessible and flexible university education.

Prior to joining Athabasca University, Neil held several leadership roles at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), including provost and vice president academic, as well as dean of the JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Culinary Arts.

Throughout his academic career, Neil has strived to maintain strong connections to the communities where he serves. In his capacity as a post-secondary administrator, he has and continues to serve on boards of directors in the not-for-profit sector.

With a background in human resources and applied decision making, Neil has blended his leadership and academic careers in the areas of strategic thinking and planning, leadership, effective negotiation strategies, conflict management, and human resources.

Dr. Fassina holds a PhD in Management from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto, a BSc in Psychology from the University of Calgary, and is a certified professional in human resources (CPHR), and a chartered director through the Institute of Chartered Directors (ICD.D).

What currently resonates …

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

~ Stephen Covey