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Ali was both my Dean while I was a student completing my business undergrad degree at UVic and my Dean as a staff member at SFU Beedie. Even though I didn’t work directly with Ali, he had a gigantic impact on my education and career and is largely responsible for some of my absolute favourite years. At UVic, he encouraged us to complete co-op work terms, travel the world (I went to Thailand on exchange with my now husband), and become well-rounded, good hearted, environmentally aware, globally minded citizens. At SFU he brought a tremendous amount of warmth, wisdom, humour, and positive change. With Ali at the helm, I had full trust that our school, students, staff, and academics were heading in a positive direction. He will be deeply missed. Reflecting on his impact is truly inspirational, especially for those working in academia. I'd like to thank Ali's family for giving him the support and space to contribute as much as he did to the UVic and SFU. My heart goes out to his family.