Dr. H. D. Barber

Co-founder and Former CEO, Gennum Corp
Distinguished Professor in Residence, McMaster University
Chairman of the Board

Dr. H. Douglas Barber obtained his B.Sc., from the University of Saskatchewan 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.  He began employment in 1965 in a new microelectronics initiative at Canadian Westinghouse, Hamilton, Ontario.

In 1973 he was one of the founders of Linear Technology Inc., later known as Gennum Corporation, which designed, manufactured and marketed microcircuits. In 2000, when Dr. Barber retired as President and CEO, Gennum had grown profitably at 21% per year since 1973 and employed 650 people.  He retired as a Director in 2007.  At McMaster University Dr. Barber was a part-time Engineering Physics Professor, and in 2001 was appointed Distinguished Professor-in-Residence. He is a past Chair of the Board of Governors is now an Honorary Governor.  Dr. Barber has received three honorary doctorates that recognize his engineering and entrepreneurial achievements.  He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2007 and he received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008.

Dr. Barber is involved in numerous advisory committees and corporate directorships.  He is presently a director of Micralyne Inc., AllerGen NCE Inc., The Institute of Quantum Computing, and is Chair of the Photovoltaic Innovation Network Board of Directors.  Dr. Barber is also Chair of the Board of Directors for the Centre for Surgical Innovation and Invention.    Dr. Barber was a past director of DALSA Inc., NetAccess Systems Inc. and past member of the IRAP Advisory Board.

Dr. Barber speaks frequently on business, technology, learning, innovation and economic development.