richard perlow

Dr. Richard Perlow

Dean, School of Business


Dr. Richard Perlow has over two decades of experience in higher education. Before joining MacEwan as the Dean of the School of Business, Dr. Perlow worked at the University of Lethbridge in the Dhillon School of Business where he taught courses in human resource management and organizational behaviour. From 2006 to 2015 he served as the School’s associate dean. Dr. Perlow has also held appointments at the University of Manitoba, Clemson University, and Auburn University.

Dr. Perlow has taught courses at the undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral level. His teaching interests are in human resource management and organizational behaviour topics such as staffing, training, and job performance. He has applied experience in job analysis, recruiting, selection, training, and performance management.

Dr. Perlow's research interests include personality and other individual differences in performance, counterproductive behaviour, and employment discrimination. He has published his research in journals such the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, and Human Performance.

Sherif Elbarrad

Dr. Sherif Elbarrad, PhD (Ain-Shams), MSc (Ain-Shams); CPA; CMA

Associate Dean, Operations and Programs
Professor, Department of Accounting and Finance


Sherif has been at MacEwan University since 2011, teaching in the Bachelor of Commerce program. He was the program chair for the Department of Accounting and Finance prior to his current role and is a leader in creating innovation teaching methods for the accounting and finance industry. His prior positions include being chair of accounting departments at different universities in Egypt and Saudi Arabia and teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as being a visiting professor at a University in Germany. With more than three decades of experience in both the academic and professional fields, he brings his expertise to this role.

Besides his academic career, Sherif is a partner of a managerial and financial consulting firm which is working in the Middle East (Egypt and the Gulf Countries). He also worked as a trainer delivering workshops in the field of accounting and finance at different universities and training institutes. He has published several books in the field of accounting; he has also published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Egypt and associate member of Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants in the USA. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant in Alberta.

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Dr. Ali Taleb

Dr. Ali Taleb

Associate Dean, Research, International and Outreach
Associate Professor, Department of International Business, Marketing, Strategy and Law


Dr. Ali Taleb joined MacEwan University in 2012 and became Associate Dean of the School of Business in July 2021. His current areas of responsibility are research, international and outreach. Prior to his appointment as Associate Dean, he was Associate Professor with teaching and research interests in strategic management, international business, sustainability and corporate citizenship, and critical thinking.

His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, Journal of African Business, and International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets. He has also co-edited and co-authored several research books, textbooks, and case studies. In 2018, he received the Emerald Literati Award for Outstanding Author Contribution. He was also recognized as Best Seller Case Author by Ivey Publishing the same year.

Dr. Taleb is currently a Board Director at Net Impact Professional, Edmonton, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the School of Business at Woxsen University, Hyderabad, India. In recent years, he served as the Chair of the Strategy Division of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, and the Chair of the Online Teaching Resources Committee of the International Management Division, Academy of Management.

Dr. Taleb’s research and teaching are shaped by his extensive international exposure and practical business experience in senior management roles as well as in management consultancy across Africa, Europe and North America. His formal education included a PhD in International and Strategic Management (HEC Montreal, Canada), an MBA in General Management (Ivey Business School, Canada), and an M.Sc. in Telematics (University of Paris, France).

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Vision Statement

MacEwan University School of Business: Fueling globally competitive, future-oriented organizations and graduates. Powered by Alberta’s entrepreneurial spirit and catalyzing creative business partnerships, we drive prosperity at home and abroad.

Mission Statement

We transform our students into business practitioners skilled at anticipating trends and creating solutions. Our intensive practice-based approach and values-based curriculum challenge our students to become leaders whose ethics and character are second-to-none. We charge our graduates and accomplished faculty to apply their research, solve organizational challenges and contribute to a world eager for our singular blend of skill, ingenuity and heart.

We create:

  • Exceptional educational and professional programs and learning experiences for our students that are grounded in advanced theory and business practices;
  • Unique opportunities for high-potential students with non-traditional academic backgrounds, including those with relevant life experiences;
  • Collaborative environments for our students, faculty and staff that are respectful, tolerant and success-oriented;
  • Inquiring and adaptive life-long learners who are confident and ready for increasingly complex and demanding business environments in Alberta and the world;
  • Highly ethical and socially-responsible business professionals and leaders;
  • Strong business growth in future high-demand sectors in the Edmonton region;
  • Lasting bonds with our business community, alumni, friends and donors that address their aspirations.