Tim Barber brings a variety of communications, political and government-related skills and experience to the Bluesky Strategy Group, a company that he co-founded in 2003.
His clients at Bluesky include, and have included, Agusta Westland, Bombardier, Alenia North America, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, Canadian Electricity Association, Energy Council of Canada, and Sustainable Development Technology Canada.
His public service experience (1990-99) includes working in the Privy Council Office, Federal-Provincial Relations Office, Employment and Immigration, the Senate of Canada, Electronic Commerce Task Force (Industry Canada) and in the offices of both the Minister of International Trade and the Deputy Prime Minister.
Tim also worked as Director, Government Relations for the Canada China Business Council (CCBC) from 1994-97. While with the council, he worked on the first ever Team Canada trade mission to China and helped to organize five CCBC Annual General Meetings (Vancouver, Beijing, Montreal, Shanghai and Toronto).
In the spring of 1997, Tim joined the staff of the Minister of International Trade as Legislative Assistant and Policy Advisor (APEC & People’s Republic of China). While at International Trade, he assisted in organizing the largest ever ministerial trade mission to China – over 100 representatives of Canadian business, education and non-governmental communities.
In the fall of 1999, Tim left the public service and became General Manager and Senior Vice-President of one of the largest public relations firms in Canada.
In 2006, Tim co-founded Canada 2020, which quickly became Canada’s leading independent, progressive think tanks. The organization is dedicated to debate and discussion of issues related to the strategic public policy role of the federal government. Over the past seven years, Canada 2020 has hosted dozens of events – public and private panel discussions, speeches, debates – in Ottawa, Toronto and Washington. For more information visit www.canada2020.ca.
Tim holds a BA (Hons.) in Politics from Acadia University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Concordia University.