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Barry Carin

CIGI Senior Fellow

Barry Carin is a CIGI Senior Fellow. He has served in a number of senior official positions in the Government of Canada and played an instrumental role in developing the initial arguments for the G20 and a leader’s level G20. Barry brings institutional knowledge and experience to his research at CIGI on the G20, international development, energy and climate change.


Barry Carin

Barry Carin

Barry Carin is a CIGI Senior Fellow. After obtaining a B.A. in economics and political science from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, and a Ph.D. in economics from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, Barry joined the Treasury Board of Canada in 1971, and became a director of the Treasury Board Secretariat in 1974, where he supervised projects ranging from food inspection to the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline. In 1978, Barry became an associate professor at the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, British Columbia for two years.

He returned to the federal civil service in 1980, holding a number of positions: assistant deputy minister, programs, with the Ministry of State for Social Development, later serving as the ministry’s deputy secretary, transfers; a joint position as senior adviser with the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, and the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs; and  assistant deputy minister of the Department of Employment and Immigration, where Barry directed studies, and formulated and steered legislation through the parliamentary process.

In 1992, Barry moved into the international sphere of government, becoming the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s assistant deputy minister, economic policy.While in this position, he took a leading role in contributing to Canada’s participation in global economic summits, including the G7 and G8, as the Foreign Affairs Sous-Sherpa. In 1994, he assumed responsibility for trade policy, including challenging, multi-faceted tasks conducting international trade and investment negotiations, while ensuring that nationwide stakeholders were considered. This experience contributed to his reputation as a leading expert in international trade processes and decision making. Barry has also served as a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Executive Committee and as the High Commissioner of Canada to Singapore from 1996 to 2000.

Barry is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, where he served as the director for the Globalization and Governance program and associate director of the Centre for Global Studies. He was also an editor of the journal Global Governance between 2003 and 2009. He began working with CIGI in 2003, joining as a senior fellow in 2009. Barry is currently working on ensuring the Chinese G20 presidency and the G20 prepatory process in future years are seized with Internet issues. He is a regular contributor to CIGI’s commentary on the global economy. Barry has also conducted research on the Canadian International Development Agency and the institutional underpinnings, informal processes and functioning of global economic networks, such as the G20.

Barry Carin resides in Victoria, British Columbia and enjoys writing on the power of humour as a management tool in his spare time.

CIGI Publications

CIGI Commentaries
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Policy Briefs
Thursday, July 17, 2014
more publications

Notable Media & Presentations

  1. Carin, Barry and Gordon Smith (2010). “Unchain Canada’s foreign-aid giant,” The Globe and Mail. May 12.
  2. Carin, Barry and Gordon Smith (2009). “Canada’s interest is the G20, not the G8,” The Globe and Mail. March 30.

Selected Publications

  1. Carin, Barry and Angela Wood (eds.) (2005). Accountability of the International Monetary Fund. Ottawa: International Development Research Centre.
  2. Carin, Barry and Gordon Smith (2005). “Making change happen at the global level,” in Reforming from the top: a Leaders’ 20 Summit, edited by John English, Ramesh Thakur and Andrew F. Cooper. Pages 25−45. New York: United Nations University Press.
  3. Carin, Barry and Gordon Smith (2010). Working with China towards a new international architecture: a strategic partnership with Canada on global issues of mutual interest. Toronto: Canadian International Council.
  4. Carin, Barry and Ramesh Thakur (2008). Global governance for a global age: the role of leaders in breaking global deadlock. Waterloo: CIGI.
  5. Carin, Barry and Gordon Smith (2010). Reinventing CIDA. Calgary: Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

In the News

  1. G20 Summit in China to Focus on Economy, Backstage on Political Talks, Sputnik Staff, Sputnoik International, September 3, 2016
  2. Meeting fatigue? G20 needs to guard its brand, Tristram Sainsbury, The Interpreter, October 29, 2015
  3. Maria Montessori and the MDGs, Hans Timmer, Let's Talk Development, World Bank Blogs, August 19, 2013
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