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No longer the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD): We're now Copian!

Marie-Claire Pître
Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning
(the former National Adult Literacy Database)


On September 30, 2013, the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) changed its name and brand. It is now called Copian, a word derived from the Latin word copia, meaning "abundance."

"Over the course of our 25‑year history, we have evolved," said Anna Kae McIvor‑Todd, chair of the Copian Board of Directors. "We have gone far beyond the point of being a database of adult literacy programs. Our name became dated and was no longer a valid description of who we are and the markets we serve."

Copian CEO Bill Stirling noted that for 25 years the organization has played a key role in the literacy and essential skills (LES) field in Canada. "We're modernizing, but our roots remain firmly planted in literacy, learning and workplace essential skills. We've changed our name and brand, but not who we are," he said.

"Since 1989, we've been connecting people and organizations across Canada to tools, resources and each other. We hold the largest digital LES library and are the go-to place for LES information."

Copian still hosts websites and provides email services free of charge for LES organizations. In 2013, Copian launched three new products:

  • Modus, an interactive directory of Canadian essential skills assessment tools;
  • Studio, a database of case studies of exemplary workplace education delivery models;
  • A web page devoted to the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), featuring key documents, emerging themes, analysis, relevant websites and up‑to‑date information on how the results of this survey are being interpreted.

In addition, the Copian weekly Bulletin keeps stakeholders up to date on everything related to adult learning, from literacy and essential skills to training in general and in the workplace. To sign up for the weekly Bulletin, all you need to do is enter your email address on the Copian Bulletin web page [option no longer available].

Copian delivers specific solutions — in both official languages — that connect organizations and practitioners with expertise in the field of learning, in all areas of life. The name Copian refers to the abundance of resources, experience and expertise that has long been associated with NALD and that will expand further under the Copian brand. Copian also represents the numerous benefits learners reap as a result of improved skills.