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Tim Barber


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As one of the co-founders of Bluesky Strategy Group, Tim brings both his unparalleled network and more than twenty-five years of strategic communications, political and federal and provincial government-related skills and experience to our client files.


In particular, his work in the aerospace and defence procurement, energy, healthcare, financial and transportation sectors link our clients to the thinking and the decision-making processes in government. Tim is the strategist with the vision for forecasting, implementing, and connecting the big ideas and partnerships that deliver results for Bluesky clients.


His understanding of the strategic communications and decision-making environment comes from his time working as a political staffer and a public servant. His public sector service experience 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.


In 2006, Tim co-founded Canada 2020, which has become Canada’s leading independent, progressive think tank. Canada 2020 is dedicated to the debate and discussion of issues related to the strategic public policy role of the federal government. Over the past twelve years, Canada 2020 has hosted over a hundred events – public and private panel discussions, speeches, debates – in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Washington and has become the go-to forum for federal public policy discussions in Ottawa.



Tim’s client work has included: Bombardier, Canadian Petroleum Producer’s Association, Canadore College, Dassault Aerospace, Leonardo Helicopters, Liuna, Oxygen Capital, PayPal, Rogers, Telesat, Thales, Trans Canada.

Fun Fact:

Swim. Bike. Run. Far. An Ironman tri-athlete, Tim swaps his business shoes for running shoes, a bike and a wetsuit on the weekends.