About Us

Oliver is powered by individuals committed to innovation. We will not rest until we find the most effective and efficient way to support your strategic goals.

We challenge the status quo

Our thinking is often unconventional — even daring.

Our story begins in 1983

Dale Oliver, a former Ivey Business School professor, was asked by a national bank to create study notes for licensing exams. Dale recognized a broader need—and opportunity—to help people enter financial service careers. Oliver expanded to help over a quarter of a million people enter new professions or advance in their careers.

Oliver has a history of innovation. We’ve transitioned from paper-based publishing to become a fully online education provider. Oliver also matured from one of the most trusted prep companies in financial services to provide professional certification exams for regulated industries. We span multiple industries and serve large corporations and regulators with innovative e-learning and compliance solutions.

Certified, trusted, and tested

Our pursuit of excellence has earned us multiple accreditations and the trust of regulators, trade associations, and leading corporations.

Oliver is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is accredited to issue the IACET CEU. We are also certified as an industry-specific education provider by various federal, provincial and state regulators. Oliver complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices.

Our values

Think Unconventionally

Our relentless pursuit of innovation makes us unconventional in our thinking. We do not rely on “business as usual” and we don’t follow the crowd.

Failure Precedes Innovation

We are entrepreneurs — calculated risk-takers. Even with planning, sometimes our attempts to innovate fail. But it is in our DNA to squeeze every drop of learning from our failures. We find that with persistence, failure is often only a prelude to our biggest innovations.

Make it Simple

We dislike unnecessary complexity. Can it be accomplished in one click? We strive to make things easy for our clients. Sometimes it takes hard work to make things look easy, but simplicity is our mantra.

Bold Conviction

We stand by our principles. We are confident in our ability to lead and inspire future-forward thinkers. We are never aggressive in our approach, but we will always promote what is right by our clients and the industries we represent.

Our leadership team

Robert Gardias

Robert, our President and CEO, provides leadership and strategic guidance for Oliver. He draws on over 20 years of experience with technological innovation and investment to propel the company forward. Robert purchased Oliver’s Learning in 2011, leading to the evolution of Oliver. He continues to apply his expertise and innovative spirit to produce fintech and compliance solutions.

Dale Oliver

Dale is a born entrepreneur. He started his first business at the age of 12 and by the age of 16, he made his first real estate purchase. Since then, he has founded, co-founded, or been a shareholder in close to 20 successful businesses. Currently, Dale remains the chairperson of Oliver. He continues the work he is passionate about, contributing to the growth and strategic development of a company he grew from the ground up. 

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