Jim Dewald is a former real estate developer-turned-professor, long-time entrepreneur, and the current Dean of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.
Professor Dewald holds a BSc in civil engineering and an MBA from the University of Alberta as well as a PhD in strategy and global management from the University of Calgary.
Prior to entering academics, Professor Dewald held several senior executive positions, including President and CEO of Walker Newby & Partners Inc., Hopewell Residential Communities Inc., and StoneCreek Resorts Inc. He is on the boards of Boardwalk REIT, Innovate Calgary, Junior Achievement Southern Alberta, and A100 Org, and is an advisor to the Real Estate Development Institute. He has held several leadership positions, including Chair of HomeCo Inc., Chair of the Urban Development Institute, Lead Trustee of Boardwalk, Deputy Chair of SAIT, and Vice-Chair of Calgary Housing Company.
In 1999, Professor Dewald was named Calgary’s Citizen of the Year, and in 2011 the Alberta Real Estate Foundation named him a “Thought Leader.” He is also an honourary member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada. For several years, he was the real estate columnist for the CBC Eye Opener and urban design co-columnist for the Calgary Herald. He has several research and teaching awards, three books, two book chapters, over 20 academic papers, and more than 60 newspaper and practitioner articles to his credit. His newest book, “Achieving Longevity: How Great Firms Prosper through Entrepreneurial Thinking” was included in the Forbes list of “17 Summer Reads Creative Leaders Can Read at the Beach” post and received acclaim from major International business outlets, including CEO Magazine, Fortune, Globe & Mail, BizEd, Boss Magazine, and Business Superstar.