Minister Nicolaides was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Calgary-Bow.
Nicolaides is a born and raised Calgarian and long-time resident of Calgary-Bow. He lives in Cougar Ridge with his wife and two daughters, and volunteers extensively in his community.
An expert in conflict resolution, he has extensive training in arbitration, is an accredited mediator and has a PhD in the field. Nicolaides was active in peacebuilding and reconciliation activities in Cyprus and has consulted in high-stakes arbitrations and regulatory hearings in Alberta, B.C. & Manitoba. Prior to his election, he served as the head of the Calgary office for a national communication-consulting firm. In this role, he worked with senior business leaders across Canada, and Alberta, working closely with key players in our energy sector.
Demetrios Nicolaides was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Advanced Education on April 30, 2019. He will bring his experience as an author, university lecturer, mediator and communications expert to his ministry, and work hard to keep Alberta’s universities world-class, while expanding trades colleges and new innovative methods for continuing learning.
Alberta student loan borrowers will have fewer hoops to jump through when they apply for provincial student loans.
A new outcomes-based post-secondary funding approach will increase transparency and accountability and help build a modern and diverse workforce for the future.
Alberta’s post-secondary institutions have affirmed their commitment to freedom of expression with policies that offer strong protections.
The Government of Alberta will honour skilled trades
professionals who have contributed to the success
and growth of apprenticeships across the province.
Government is investing $22 million to deliver more mental health supports for post-secondary students.
Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios
Nicolaides issued the following statement on
National Skilled Trades and Technology Week
More Alberta students will gain valuable hands-on skilled trades experience and education as government increases funding to connect students with in-demand jobs.
NAIT and SAIT presidents will co-chair the Skills for
Jobs Task Force and find ways to expand and
strengthen apprenticeship education to meet labour