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My condolences to Ann and the children. My heart goes out to each of you.

I first met Ali in 2016 when we did a walkabout of the Vancouver campus when he was a candidate for the Dean's position. His modesty, ideas and humour (and our shared interest in English Premier League soccer) made him stand out. Ali brought vision, energy and humanity to his role at Beedie. I work regularly with Beedie faculty and staff based at the Segal building downtown and the respect, admiration and fondness they have for Ali is palpable. Ali was the quintessential leader because it was never about him, but always about those he served. Ali's quiet, self-effacing disposition belied a visionary, inspired and focused leadership. Ali truly did "build a better Beedie."

It was an honour and privilege to know Ali Dastmalchian. His contribution and legacy live on....