Blaize Reich


SFU dean Blaize Reich and alumni showcased in seasonal lists

December 11, 2015

It’s the season of lists—when magazines and organizations single out and rank individuals on their achievements and influence. An SFU dean and a number of SFU alumni figure prominently on many of this year’s lists.

Blaize Reich, dean of the SFU Beedie School of Business, and Beedie alumna Aimee Chan, president and CEO of Norsat Technologies were both named among the Top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).

Reich was acknowledged with a WXN Public Sector Leaders Award for women who hold senior positions in Canada’s public sector organizations, while Chan was recognized with entry into the WXN Hall of Fame.

Reich joined the Beedie School of Business in 1991, and is the school’s RBC Professor of Technology and Innovation. She became dean in 2014, and has since overseen the continued growth of both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

During her tenure the school has launched the Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization, the Executive MBA in Northwestern B.C., and an interdisciplinary undergraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

An internationally recognized expert in information technology governance and technology-based organizational transformation, Reich worked as an industry consultant in both Asia and Canada before entering academia.

She has made many contributions to Canadian business, 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 Canadian Women in Technology.

“As a long-time supporter of women in business it is a great honour to receive this award from the Women’s Executive Network,” says Reich. “Women’s contribution to technological innovation in Canada has been significant, and I am proud to have played a role in this as a leader and as an educator.”

Several SFU alumni are listed among Vancouver Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People in Vancouver”:

  • Chief Ian Campbell, who graduated in 2015 with an MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership
  • Architect Bing Thom, who received an honorary degree in 2005
  • Irene Lanzinger, president, BC Federation of Labour, who earned an M.Sc. in education in 1990
  • Andy Yan, a senior urban planner and researcher, BA ’99 and Certificate in Urban Studies ’99.

And Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 list includes five SFU alumni:

  • Katherine Berry, chief product officer and cofounder, Allocadia Software, who graduated in 2000 with a BA in communication
  • Jamil Murji, president and CEO, Inter-Urban Delivery Service, Ltd., who earned a B.Sc. in computing science in 2001
  • Manny Padda, founder and managing director, New Avenue Capital, who graduated in 2006 with a BBA, and earned a Certificate in Liberal Arts in 2015
  • Raman Randhawa, vice-president, finance, operations, Goldcorp Inc., who earned a BBA in 2000
  • Kristine Steuart, chief executive officer and co-founder, Allocadia Software, who graduated in 2001 with a BA in communication