Blaize Horner Reich appointed dean of SFU’s Beedie School of Business

Jul 17, 2014
Dr. Blaize Horner Reich, RBC Professor of Technology and Innovation at the Beedie School of Business.

Dr. Blaize Horner Reich, RBC Professor of Technology and Innovation at the Beedie School of Business.

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

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

Dr. 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, Dr. 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 BC and Canada’s success in a global environment,” says Dr. 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.

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