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Dr. Barber 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 for global television and high speed data markets. 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. He is a past Chair and continuing member of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Faculty of Engineering Dean's Advisory Board.
Dr. Barber has received numerous awards honoring his engineering and entrepreneurship achievements. He has received honorary doctorates from McMaster, Waterloo and the University of Saskatchewan. He has also been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Dr. Barber has been involved in numerous advisory committees and corporate directorships. He was a director of DALSA Inc. from 2005 to 2008, and has been a director of Micralyne since 1997, NetAccess Systems Inc. since 1994, and AllerGen NCE Inc. since 2003. He is also a director of the Institute of Quantum Computing since 2006. He is Chair of the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation and a Board member of
Centre for Probe Development and Commercialisation both recently funded Centres of Excellence in Commercialization and Research.
Dr. Barber has authored 29 refereed papers and several patents. He speaks frequently on business, technology, learning, innovation and economic development. He and his wife, June, have raised a family of four whose families now include ten grandchildren. He is a man of faith with over 37 years of active involvement in their church.