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Jim Dewald appointed Dean of the Haskayne School of Business

UToday HomeApril 5, 2013

Jim Dewald has a lengthy history of leadership in businessJim Dewald has a lengthy history of leadership in business and academia, along with involvement in community and volunteer roles. He was appointed Dean of the Haskayne School of Business on April 5, 2013.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Dewald as Dean, Haskayne School of Business, effective immediately.

I am particularly delighted that the ideal candidate to be our next dean —  following an extensive international search — is already a member of the University of Calgary family. No stranger to the university, Dewald has been interim dean since September 2012 and has been with the Haskayne School of Business in various leadership capacities since 2006. Dewald has been director, Real Estate and Entrepreneurship Studies since 2012 and associate professor, Strategy and Global Management since 2011. From 2009 through 2012 he was associate dean, Graduate Programs, and was seconded from 2006 through 2009 as development advisor for Campus Infrastructure while he was assistant professor of Strategy and Global Management.

With strong leadership experience that bridges the business sector and academia, Dewald is a natural fit as dean of our business school. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, he was an accomplished member of the business community, serving as president and director for numerous successful property development companies, and serving on many boards and committees in the Calgary area. Currently, Dewald is on the board of Boardwalk REIT, the largest residential real estate entity in Canada, and is a board member of the West Campus Development Trust.

Dewald has a long history of community involvement and service, including volunteer roles with the Mayor’s Ethical City Roundtable, imagineCalgary Roundtable, and Calgary Attainable Housing. In 1999, he was the City of Calgary’s Citizen of the Year.

Dewald earned his BSc (Eng.) and MBA (Organizational Theory) from the University of Alberta and his PhD (Strategy and Global Management) from the University of Calgary, with a doctoral thesis in strategic decision-making. He has a distinguished record of research, peer-reviewed publication and graduate supervision. A presenter and keynote speaker at numerous prestigious conferences around the world, he has also received many grants and awards for his research and teaching, including the 2012 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant.

I would like to express my appreciation for the contributions of the Advisory Decanal Selection Committee to the search and selection process for the Dean of the Haskayne School of Business. The members of the committee were: Dru Marshall, Chair, Peggy Hedges (Elected by Haskayne’s Faculty Council), Alain Verbeke (Elected by Haskayne’s Faculty Council), Vern Jones (Elected by Haskayne’s Faculty Council), Diane Bischak (Alternate Nominee), Rita Egizii (Elected by Haskayne’s MaPS staff), Micheline Campanaro (Elected by Haskayne’s AUPE staff), Jeff Church (Appointed by GFC), Hamid Habibi (Appointed by GFC), Kenya-Jade Pinto (Appointed by the Students’ Union), Franco Rizutti (Appointed by the Graduate Students’ Association), Paul Rogers (Faculty Association Representative appointed by the President), Tom Buchanan (Alumni Representative appointed by the President), Larry Shelley (Community Representative appointed by the President) and Linda Schwartz (Executive Director, Office of the Provost).

Dewald has provided important stability during a time of great transition at Haskayne. He is the right person at the right time for this important role – a terrific fit for the faculty and a great contributor to our Deans' table. I am confident he will lead Haskayne to the next level of excellence.

Please join me in welcoming Jim Dewald as our new Dean of the Haskayne School of Business.

Dru Marshall
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)


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