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DegreesBSc (Computer Science), Manitoba; MSc (Operations Research), Manitoba; psc. Canadian Forces Command & Staff College, Toronto
ExpertiseOperations Research/Management Science, Large-scale organizational redesign based on the Requisite Organization
BiographyBorn in England in 1947, Barry immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1957. Barry enlisted in the 18th Field Regiment, Lethbridge in 1963 and graduated from the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in 1965. In 1966, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force under the Officer Cadet Training Plan. In 1967, he was awarded navigator wings and promoted to Flying Officer. Following conversion training at Air Transport Command's Operational Training Unit in Trenton, Ontario, he was posted to 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron. In 1970, he was awarded an Air Transport Command Commendation by the Commander and the Jorge Chavez Dartnell Medal of Merit for bravery by the government of Peru for service during the Peruvian Disaster Relief Mission flown by 424 Squadron crews. In 1971, Barry married Mavis Gillott (first graduating class of the University of Lethbridge) and was promoted to Captain.
Barry converted to the CC130 Hercules aircraft in 1972 and was posted to 436 Transport Squadron, Trenton, where he flew as a Strategic and Lead Tactical Airlift Navigator on missions reaching many parts of the globe. In 1975, he was posted to the Canadian Forces Air Navigation School in Winnipeg where he rebuilt and taught the Celestial Navigation course. In 1976, he was posted to the Aerospace Systems Course where he trained in aerospace project management while undertaking studies in aerospace weapons systems. Following graduation, he was again posted to the Air Navigation School where he was tasked with the acceptance and maintenance of the then new, technically-sophisticated navigation simulator built by Litton Systems Canada. In 1980, he was selected to finish his Computer Science degree at the University of Manitoba under the Canadian Forces University Training Plan.
Following graduation in 1981, Barry was promoted to the rank of Major and again posted to 436 Transport Squadron where he served as a Navigator Section Leader and subsequently as the Squadron Senior Standards Officer. During this tour, he was seconded to Air Transport Group Headquarters where he was commended by the Commander for a detailed analysis of computer requirements for Transport operations. Also during this tour, it was his special pleasure to serve the military community as Mayor at CFB Trenton.
In 1984, he was posted to Toronto to study at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College. Following graduation in 1985, he was posted to 435 Transport Squadron, Edmonton, where he became re-qualified in global Strategic, Lead Tactical Airlift and Search and Rescue roles. In March 1988, while the Deputy Commanding Officer of 435 Squadron and having flown over 6600 hours, he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed Base Administration Officer. In 1991, he was selected for two years of studies leading to a Master of Science in Operational Research at the University of Manitoba. His thesis was "A Capacity Planning Model for Canadian Military Airlift Requests".
Following graduation in 1993, Barry became the leader of Air Command's Management Consulting Services. Significant accomplishments were the re-engineering of consulting services, participating in the re-engineering of Comptroller services throughout Air Command and completing the Certified General Accountants/Faculty of Management Executive Development Program. In 1995, the entire consulting services staff became immersed in the work of Air Force Renewal, known as Flight Plan 97. Barry worked mainly on the Air Force Command and Control Re-design Team developing the new headquarters structure of the Air Force in Ottawa and Winnipeg. His main contribution was the model for designing accountability into the new structures which enabled reengineered processes to be connected to people. As part of the Flight Plan team he was awarded the Deputy Minister/Chief of Defence Staff Renewal Award. In 1997, he was selected as the first incumbent to lead the Requirements and Business Planning staff at the new 1st Canadian Air Division Headquarters.
In August of 1998, after 34 years of service to Canada, Barry retired from active duty. He, his wife Mavis and children Katherine and Anthony now reside in Lethbridge. Since the fall of 2000, Barry has taught Operations and Quantitative Management in the Faculty of Management at the University of Lethbridge. At ASAC 2003 Barry, as one of the authors, was awarded the Best Paper in Management Science: "Combining the Analytic Hierarchy Process and Sequential Goal Programming Models for Airlift Resource Allocation". Subsequently, an updated version of this paper entitled "Application of Analytic Hierarchy Process in Multi-Objective Mixed Integer Programming for Airlift Capacity Planning" as been published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Operational Research. In the Spring of 2010 and 2013, the Management Students' Society selected Barry to be the MSS Teacher of the Year. The Spring of 2014 saw the final conversion of his Operations and Quantitative Management course to its paperless form using the Moodle Learning Management System along with a selection of computational software packages all made possible by delivering and evaluating the course in the Centre for Financial Market Research and Teaching - our world class Citrix enabled academic trading room (http://www.uleth.ca/management/cfmrt).