On behalf of the Board of EFMD, the members and staff we were deeply saddened to hear of Ali’s death.

Prof. Ali Dastmalchian, the dean of Beedie School of Business at the Simon Fraser University in Canada, and past chair of the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans dedicated his career to promoting excellence in management education globally.

Ali has actively contributed to numerous collaborative efforts in the development of business education with enthusiasm and conviction. Over the past 15 years, Ali was a dedicated EQUIS Accreditation Board member and participated in nearly 20 EQUIS peer review visits, having taken the responsibility of chairing 11 of them.

Apart from his excellent leadership, research record and industry insights, which helped schools around the world climb the quality improvement ladder, Ali was a wonderful man, full of energy, kindness and humanity.

The management education community has lost an outstanding leader and a genuine and beautiful person. Ali has been a long-standing, and great friend of EFMD and words can’t express our grief. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with his family, colleagues and the whole academic community. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Prof. Eric Cornuel, President, EFMD Global


  1. Professor Howard Thomas, Senior Advisor, EFMD k on August 14, 2020 at 16:40

    He was a wonderful person who was extremely helpful to me in my work on the BU Global Business Jam, co- sponsored with EFMD. Together with Michel Patry we had a special meeting of the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans. It’s success was a testament to his many abilities as a Dean and, particularly, in building the international reputation of Beedie.
    He was generous, insightful and a first- rate management educator. He was also a charming and witty dinner companion.
    I will miss him, the business school community will miss him as well Simon Fraser University. I send my sincere condolences to his family.
    May l send my sincere condolences to his family.

  2. Wendy Cukier on August 15, 2020 at 06:48

    He was a fine person and always collegial and constructive. I worked with him a bit as Associate Dean of TRSM at Ryerson. He will be missed.

  3. All of us at Trinity Business School are very saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of Ali Dastmalchian. We first came to know Ali when he chaired our EQUIS panel review for accreditation. He not only conducted the review with a high degree of expertise and professionalism but very clearly took a personal and collegiate interest in the development of our school. After the accreditation visit Ali generously offered us his full support extending a warm and caring fellowship with all at Trinity Business School. He really was somebody who took a personal interest in others wellbeing and was very much a force encouraging business to excel and to make a difference for good. He will be a big loss to the global business school community but his influence will extend well into the future.
    We are sad to lose our friend and extend our deepest sympathies to his family and his colleagues.
    Kind regards,
    Andrew Burke and all at Trinity Business School

  4. It was with great sadness to hear that Dean Dastmalchian passed away. Business community lost a great colleague and many of us lost a very good friend. Ali’s supportiveness, compassion, readiness to help others, and give advice will always be remembered. He will be deeply missed.

    Our condolences,
    Prof. Dr. Metka Tekavčič, Dean
    and colleagues from the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana