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SFU appoints Blaize Horner Reich as Dean of Beedie School of Business

July 17, 2014

Ross MacDonald-Allan, Communications Officer, SFU Beedie School of Business, 778.782.9492,
Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,


Professor Blaize Horner Reich has been appointed dean of Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, beginning her new role September 1.

Reich, the School’s RBC Professor of Technology and Innovation, will succeed current dean Daniel Shapiro, who is completing his term in this role.

Reich is an internationally recognized expert in IT governance and technology-based organizational transformation. She worked as an industry consultant in both Asia and Canada before joining the Beedie School of Business in 1991.

She has made many contributions to business within Canada, serving as academic leader for the national Business Technology Management (BTM) program and as board member of the CIO Association of Canada, the Information and Communications Technology Council and the Canadian Women in Technology.

In 2012, Reich was honoured as a recipient of Business in Vancouver’s Influential Women in Business Awards.

“Business school research and teaching can make a significant contribution to B.C. and Canada’s success in a global environment,” says Reich. “The Beedie School of Business is playing an important leadership role in many of the emerging areas, including sustainability, technology, globalization and entrepreneurship.”

“I’m honoured to succeed Professor Shapiro. He grew and established Beedie as one of the top business schools in Canada during his tenure, and I intend to build upon the solid foundations he laid for the school’s continuing success.”

Professor Shapiro was appointed dean of the Beedie School of Business in 2009, successfully developing the School’s strategic focus on globalization and emerging markets; innovation and technology; and governance and sustainability.

In 2011 he oversaw the largest gift in the school’s history: a $22 million endowment from alumnus Ryan Beedie and his father, Keith. Consequently, SFU’s Faculty of Business was renamed the Beedie School of Business.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 130,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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