MSA PD Training Courses

Register for winter term courses now! Registrations for the following School of Continuing Education courses are covered by MSA Professional Development funds and are offered at no cost to MSA members. MSA PD funded-seats are limited to 15 per course; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants must have their manager or supervisor’s scheduling approval to attend in order to take time from regular job tasks. Questions can be directed to Get full registration details here:

MSA is currently negotiating a potential new structure for Professional Development. Further details will be announced when they are available. In the meantime, we encourage eligible members to use their Access to Learning Funds, Career Development funds and LinkedIn Learning (formerly More information about these opportunities can be found under Professional Development on the employee portal.  

Career Development Fund

Employees are eligible for staff development assistance via the Career Development Fund which covers tuition, conference registration fees or workshop fees. The fund may be used for training that enhances your capacity to perform work in your current role or prepares you for an expanded or different role at MacEwan. Please refer to Article 33.1 of the Collective Agreement and University policy for more details.

Each individual employee is allocated a maximum of $750 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). To apply, log on to and navigate to Professional Development > PD Opportunities > Career Development Fund. Download a document outlining where exactly to find this information here.

Access to University Learning Activities

Access to Learning provides employees with up to $1,100 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31) to cover tuition fees for scheduled MacEwan University learning activities. These funds are governed under MacEwan University policy D2020 and are available to cover the tuition fees of MacEwan University provided courses for supervisory and support employees whose scheduled work assignment is 910 hours or more per year. Please refer to Article 33.2 of the Collective Agreement and MacEwan University policy D2020 for more details.

To register for Access to learning, log on to and navigate to Professional Development > PD Opportunities > Access to University Learning Activities. Download a document outlining where exactly to find this information here.

Important Tax Information – Professional Development Courses and Learning Activities

Under the University Policy “Employee Access to MacEwan Learning Activities” (D2020), employees may enrol in available, scheduled courses and learning activities without paying tuition to a maximum tuition fee value as established by the university. The tuition value for eligible employees is the equivalent of up to $1,100 per year (April 1 to March 31 of the following year) for a maximum of three courses and/or learning activities at MacEwan. Read more here.

LinkedIn Learning (Formerly

Free to university employees, LinkedIn Learning is a library of online video training resources and tutorials for a variety of subjects from animation, blogs, cameras, photography, to digital publishing, Microsoft Office training and social media, just to name a few. You can access LinkedIn Learning tutorials through the Edmonton Public Library website and get Certificates of Completion that can be linked to your LinkedIn profile or printed out as a recognition of your learning. Get more information on > Professional Development > PD Opportunities >

Workforce Engagement

Workforce Engagement is an initiative of MSA and MacEwan University to change the culture of the performance review process. Workforce Engagement (WE) conversations are shifting the focus from performance management to performance development. WE conversations focus on two-way communication, ensuring clarity of expectations and goals between all parties, recognizing achievements, identifying professional development needs and clarifying support required for employee success. The intent is to build trust and commitment between each Employee, their In-Scope Supervisor, and their Out-of-Scope Manager by ensuring clear and ongoing communication. For more information, please see Article 32 of the Collective Agreement and visit MyPortal>Departments>HumanResources>WorkforceEngagement.

Tidbit Cafe’s

MSA’s Member Engagement Committee facilitates monthly noon-hour Tidbit Cafe’s for all of our members. Tidbit Cafe’s are short information sessions on a wide variety of topics that MSA’s members might find interesting. Some previous topics include blended families, Canada’s nutrition guide, how to deal with lower back pain, foot care, expectations of executors, and much more.

MSA invites you to join us at our next Tidbit Cafe. For more information, navigate to the Member Engagement page of our website.

2021-22 MSA Professional Development Committee

Yunyan Li, Chair, MacEwan International · liy***@**
Victoria Lee, IT Information Security · le**@**
Lori Melnychuk, Advising · melny*****@**
Lee-Ann Jeffrey, A&S Faculty Admin · jeff****@** 
Neerav Sareen, ITS Application Services · sar****@**
Erika Pinder, Finance · pin****@**


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