Barry graduated from the University of Toronto in Toronto, ON with a B.P.H.E and a B.A. in Education, and from the Ontario Institute of Educational Studies, University of Toronto in Toronto, ON with an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Special Education. Barry holds a teaching certification in English, Latin, Physical and Health Education as well as a Principal and Superintendent Certification from the Ontario Ministry of Education (Canada).
Prior to joining Carney, Sandoe & Associates, Barry served as Superintendent of Schools in the City of York, Toronto, Canada from 1985-1998 with major responsibilities in the areas of strategic planning, human resources, special education programs/services, school safety and security, supervision and evaluation of elementary/secondary principals, and secondary school staffing. Prior to that he served as a school administrator and teacher for 22 years.
Barry’s impressive list of civic and educational activities include: Municipal Councilor, City of York, Toronto from 1991-1998; Chair, City of York Municipal Labour-Management Board, Administrative Services Committee, Works and Parks Committee; Chair, York Board Secondary School Strategic Planning Principals' Committee; Chair/Member Supervised Alternative Learning Committee, Special Education Advisory Committee and Board Committee on Policies and Procedures for Safety and Security in Schools; Chair/Member, Ontario Secondary School Headmasters' Council, Central Region and Ontario Secondary School Headmasters' Council; workshop presenter for IMTEC at their International Strategic Planning Conferences (Denver, Amsterdam, and Oxford), the N.E.A. and the Russia Educational Authority.
After an outstanding football and hockey career at the University of Toronto, Barry played professional football in both the Canadian and Continental Football Leagues. He also represented Canada in International Rugby. He is a published author with four books detailing Canada's role in the Second World War.