Barry Forward is a Vancouver-based Certified Executive Coach with 20+ years’ business and executive experience including CEO, President and Board Director (public and private companies), Community Governance Board Member, and Vice President Marketing and Communications. He is also a new media and marketing specialist working in social media, mobile, and marketing communications. Barry has worked with large corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, early-stage start-ups, government agencies and the non-profit sector. He has helped launch and manage companies as a senior executive, founder and advisor in a variety of industries including technology (mobile, IT and clean-tech), the energy and natural resource sector and entertainment, as well as media, advertising and PR firms.
Barry was part owner and Executive Vice President of one of Western Canada’s largest public relations firms. He has been involved in numerous businesses and start-ups including Marine Drive Mobile, Broadburst Technologies and Showstar Online.com, and as a consultant has worked with Uniglobe Travel International, Walmart, IMAX Theatres, Greyhound Canada, Tim Hortons, the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame, Ministry of Finance (Canada), BC Human Rights Commission, City of Vancouver, Methanex, Burrard International and Placer Dome Inc.
A proven business communicator and facilitator, Barry is known for delivering high energy presentations and workshops that meet his client’s learning objectives across all leadership spectrums and demographics. Barry has demonstrated the ability to deliver high impact customized one-on-one coaching that assists leaders in optimizing their talents, skills and values to enable their own and others’ success.
Barry provides clients with analysis, design, delivery, implementation, and evaluation of organization performance improvement strategies to facilitate personal, team and organizational transformation. In addition, Barry provides strategic coaching in the areas of Strategic Planning, Communications Management, Media Relations, Team Building, Facilitation Skills, and Corporate Development.
Currently, Barry is an elected School Trustee and has served as Vice Chair & Chair of the North Vancouver Board of Education. First elected in 2008, he has served as chair for the Board's Finance and Facilities Standing Committee, been a member of the Secondary Principals' Screening and Selection Committee, a member of the Audit Committee and served provincially as a member of the BC School Trustees Association’s Aboriginal Education Committee. He was a Commissioner with the North Vancouver Recreation Commission for four years.
Barry is a graduate in the Executive Coaching program at Royal Roads University and holds a Bachelors of Arts from Trent University, and successfully completed the Canadian Securities Course. He is a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) and a member of the International Coach Federation. Barry is also a certified Personality Dimensions® facilitator and certified in Birkman First Look® Reports.