Barry Cross joined Queen's University in 2006 after spending 17 years in various Executive and Management positions with Magna International, Autosystems Manufacturing and DuPont. While in Industry, Mr. Cross led many key strategic initiatives, including the development of significant projects in Asia, Brazil, Mexico, and Europe. He led the Project Management and Product Development activities associated with nearly 30 product launches for numerous customers, and implemented a lighting R&D team responsible for potential first-on-road technologies. He was a member of several Company and Industry councils and steering committees, including Decoma's R&D Steering Committee and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association International Committee.
Mr. Cross now teaches at Smith School of Business at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels in Operations Management, Service Management and Project Management, with additional interest in Execution, Innovation, Lean, and Crisis Management. At the Executive level, he speaks regularly on Innovation, Execution and Project Management.
His speaking and consulting clients include Deloitte, Conference Board of Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, LG, the Canadian Real Estate Association, Canada Post, Export Development Canada and others.
He has an MBA from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo.