Dean's Advisory Board - Member Profile

Doug BarberDr. Doug H. Barber (Chair)

Gennum Corporation (retired)

Doug Barber is the founder of Gennum Corporation (1987). The Burlington-based company designs and manufactures integrated circuits.

Dr. Barber was President and CEO of Gennum until he retired in 2000. Dr. Barber has been involved with McMaster Engineering since 1968, where he was a part-time Engineering Physics Professor until 1994. After retiring from Gennum, he was appointed Distinguished Professor in-Residence at McMaster in 2001.  In addition to being on the Dean’s Advisory Board (since 1995), Dr. Barber is also Chair of the McMaster University Commercialization of Research Results Task Force and is a Board member of the McMaster Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization.

Dr. Barber has authored 29-refereed papers and holds several patents on semiconductor devices. Throughout his career he has played an active role in the microelectronics industry in Canada. 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 (NSERC), 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.

Dr. Barber has received many accolades in recognition of his contributions to the industry and the fields of science and technology. These include the APEO Engineering Medal, the University of Saskatchewan C.J. Mackenzie Distinguished Graduate Award, the Professional Engineers of Ontario Gold Medal, honorary doctorate degrees from McMaster, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Waterloo, the 1996 Hamilton Engineer of the Year, the 1999 Ontario Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 2006 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the highest honours a Canadian can receive.