President Designate Dr. Neil Fassina Biography

Dr. Neil Fassina joins Athabasca University from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). During his tenure at NAIT, Neil has served as the Provost and Vice President Academic and the Dean of the JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. In prior roles, Dr. Fassina was a Tenured Associate Professor and Department Head in the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba.

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 human resources professional (CHRP) and a chartered director through the Institute of Chartered Directors. As a post-secondary educator, Dr. Fassina has developed courses in effective negotiation strategies, strategic thinking and planning, leadership, conflict management and communications, among other human resource related topics to learners in undergraduate and graduate forums. Complementing his university teaching, Dr. Fassina has delivered continuing, professional, and executive learning sessions in similar topic areas for private, public, and not-for-profit organizations.

As an active researcher, Dr. Fassina’s focus areas address questions related to applied decision-making, including negotiations and strategic thinking, as well as social exchange relationships. Dr. Fassina is currently a lead researcher on a grant funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Stemming from his passion for teaching, Dr. Fassina is a contributing author on a leading undergraduate human resources textbook in Canada.

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Fassina has strived to maintain strong connections to the communities he serves. In his capacity as a post-secondary administrator, he has and continues to serve on boards of directors in both the non-profit and private sectors.

Previously, he has also provided coaching and consulting services in similar topic areas for private, public and non-profit organizations for leaders. Dr. Fassina has also delivered seminars on wine tasting and wine education. He is certified at Level 3 through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

Dr. Fassina is no stranger to Alberta or the Alberta post-secondary sector. Having grown up in Calgary, Dr. Fassina completed his first degree at the University of Calgary. He returned to his alma mater years later to serve as a visiting Assistant Professor, this time in the Haskayne School of Business. Now based in Sturgeon County, Dr. Fassina looks forward to getting to know the community of Athabasca.