CompTIA, the leading technology industry association, has announced the appointment of IT training industry veteran Al Nasturzio as its new strategic business development manager for Canada.
Nasturzio will manage CompTIA’s existing partner-led and direct business in Canada and serve as the association’s chief liaison to the workforce development, academic, education, corporate and government sectors across the country.
“Al has played a leading role in the development of the IT training industry in Canada,” said John McGlinchey, CompTIA’s executive vice president for global certification. “Beyond his strong track record and experience, he has a genuine commitment and passion for training, professional development, and learning. We’re extremely pleased to welcome Al to our team as we work with public and private entities to bring new talent into the Canadian technology workforce.”
Net tech employment in Canada totals an estimated 1.2 million workers, or approximately 8.4 percent of the overall Canadian workforce, according to CompTIA’s Cyberprovinces 2018 report. Projections from Statistics Canada indicate the base of tech occupations is projected to increase by nearly 8 percent between 2018 and 2026.
“The tech sector in Canada and around the world offers a wealth of career opportunities in a range of disciplines,” Nasturzio said. “CompTIA is committed to helping people join our thriving industry by offering them training and certification in leading technology skills, as well as opportunities for mentoring and networking with fellow IT professionals.”
During his career, Nasturzio established Canada’s first privately-owned computer training center, Ivy Computer Centers in Toronto and Ottawa. He has worked in senior management with major corporations such as SHL and Ingram Micro, as well as leading learning and development organizations, including Global Knowledge and Canadian Management Center.
Nasturzio also brings insight into private and not-for-profit organizations, having served on the boards of several organizations, including Young Navigators, Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, and CNEA (Canadian National Exhibition Association). He currently sits on the Curriculum Review Committee at the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Nasturzio holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from York University.