H. Douglas Barber

O.C., Ph.D., D.Sc., FCAE, P.Eng.

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Born on a Saskatchewan farm, attended the University of Saskatchewan obtaining his B.Sc. with Great Distinction, winning the Governor General's Gold Medal, and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. As an Athlone Fellow and NATO Scholar he received his Ph.D. from Imperial College, University of London in 1965.

Dr. Barber began employment in 1965 in a new microelectronics initiative at Canadian Westinghouse, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. In 1973 he was one of the founders of Linear Technology Inc., now known as Gennum Corporation, which designs, manufactures and markets microcircuits. Gennum has grown profitably at 20% per year and now employs about 650 people. Dr. Barber was President and CEO when he retired in 2000. He retired as a Director in 2007.

Dr. Barber was a part-time Engineering Physics Professor at McMaster University from 1968 to 1994. In 2001 he was appointed Distinguished Professor-in-Residence. Dr. Barber has authored 29 refereed papers and several patents. He speaks frequently on business, technology, learning, innovation and economic development.

Dr. Barber was actively involved in Microelectronics initiatives in Canada including the Canadian Semiconductor Technology Conference, the Canadian Microelectronics Corporation, the Sectoral Skills Council, the Canadian Semiconductor Design Association, Micronet and the Strategic Semiconductor Consortium.

Dr. Barber’s honors include the APEO Engineering Medal, the University of Saskatchewan C.J. Mackenzie Distinguished Graduate Award, the Professional Engineers of Ontario Gold Medal, and Engineer of the Year Award of the Hamilton Engineering Institute. Dr. Barber has received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Waterloo, an Honorary Doctorate of Science from McMaster University, and in 1999 was named Ontario’s Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, receiving the National Citation for Innovation & Technology. In 2006 Dr. Barber was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2008 received a Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Barber is a past Director of the Strategic Microelectronics Consortium, the Canadian Advanced Technology Association, the Hearing Industries Association and the Alberta Microelectronics Corp. He was a member of the Sectoral Skills Council, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the National Innovation Strategy, the Ontario Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board and Vice Chair of the Ontario Science and Innovation Council. He was a founding co-chair of the National Information Technology Initiative that sponsored eMPOWR Canada Inc. in 2001, and is a past director of the Golden Horseshoe Venture Forum. He was a member of the Conference Board of Canada Leader’s Roundtable on Commercialization and of the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade’s Commercialization Advisory Council. Dr. Barber was a member of the Ontario Research and Innovation Council from 2006 to 2007.

Dr. Barber is a member of the Electrochemical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Jobs Prosperity Collaborative (previously Hamilton Civic Coalition). At McMaster University, Dr. Barber is a past Chair and a continuing member of the Board of Governors and Directors College. He is a past member of the Senate. Dr. Barber is Chair of the Faculty of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board and Chair of the McMaster University Commercialization of Research Results Task Force. Dr. Barber is also a Board member of the McMaster Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization and a member of the McMaster International Revenue Generating Task Force.

Dr. Barber continues to be a Director of Micralyne Inc. since 1997 and of AllerGen NCE Inc. since 2003. He is also a Director of the Institute of Quantum Computing since 2006. Just recently Dr. Barber was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Surgical Innovation & Invention and the Dundas Arts Community Foundation. Dr. Barber retired in 2008 from the Board of Directors of DALSA Corporation on which he sat since 2005, and retired this year from the Board of NetAccess Systems Inc. on which he sat since 1994.

April 2009

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