media release

SFU Beedie appoints three to dean’s external advisory board

November 01, 2013

Ross MacDonald-Allan, SFU Beedie, 778.782.9492,
Dixon Tam, SFU media relations, 778.782.8742,

Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business has appointed three new members to its dean’s external advisory board: Robin Dhir, Elio Luongo, and Stuart Payne.

The board advises the school on strategy and assists in the accomplishment of its mission and objectives. Its members provide expertise, guidance and direction in support of the school’s commitment to relevant education and research, focused on the changing needs of business and the economy.

Luongo is Canadian managing partner and a member of KPMG’s executive committee, and international tax steering group. An alumnus of the Beedie School of Business, he has more than 27 years of experience providing Canadian and international tax services to both public and large private organizations. He will act as the board’s chair.

Dhir is president & COO of real estate developer Twin Brook Developments, and strategic advisor at leading international business law and litigation firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. An alumnus of the Beedie School of Business, Dhir has acted as spokesperson for many organizations within the political and philanthropic sectors, and has advised politicians, and non-profit and social organizations.

Payne is the president & CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Canada, a global advertising agency network with 140 offices in 76 countries and more than 6,500 staff. Prior to Saatchi, Payne, who is also an alumnus of the Beedie School of Business, was the director and officer of Toyota Canada, where he was the director of Lexus Canada. He currently sits on Saatchi’s Toyota worldwide executive board, and is a past member of the board of governors at the Institute of Communication Agencies.

For more information about the Beedie School of Business dean’s external advisory board, visit

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