Leonard Waverman, dean of the Haskayne School of Business, has been appointed dean of McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business starting in January 2013. He is stepping down from his position as dean of the Haskayne School of Business, and until Dec. 31 will be on administrative leave and continuing in his role as a professor in the faculty.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Dewald as the interim dean of the Haskayne School of Business, effective September 18, 2012. He has agreed to serve in this important transitional role until June 30, 2013 or until such time as a new dean is in place.
Jim is an associate professor in the Strategy and Global Management Area at Haskayne and the director of Real Estate and Entrepreneurship Studies. Through his membership on the Strategy Steering Committee for Project Next, Jim contributed significantly to the development of our university’s Eyes High strategy. Jim holds a BSc (Civil Engineering) and MBA from the University of Alberta, and a PhD from the University of Calgary. Prior to entering academe, Jim was active in the Calgary business community as the CEO of two major real estate development companies and a leading local engineering consulting practice, and as president of a tech-based international real estate brokerage company. He was recognized as Calgary Citizen of the Year (1999) and is an honourary member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada.
I would like to thank Dean Waverman for his five years of dedicated service to the University of Calgary. Leonard’s accomplishments during his time as dean helped position the Haskayne School of Business for success now and into the future. He worked with students, faculty, staff and Haskayne’s Management Advisory Council to launch a new strategic plan for the school. Under his leadership, significant philanthropic support was contributed by the community to advance the school’s goals and launch new initiatives, such as the Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability, the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business and the Centre for the Digital Economy. As well, Leonard spearheaded the creation of programs relevant to the distinct needs of business leaders in the energy sector, including the innovative Global Energy Executive MBA.
The search for a new dean for the Haskayne School of Business is well underway. Thank you to the advisory committee for their ongoing commitment to the decanal search and selection process. We will keep you updated.