Shaun Barr

Chair, Construction Trades and Buildings Systems

Most Important Skills

You need to be organized in my job, also you need to be approachable amongst the faculty and students on a daily basis. I think it’s really important that I go to the labs and to make sure that I’m around so that the students can comfortably come and speak to me about anything at any time.

Unique Credentials

I’m from the trades so all of my credentials are of trades background. I am taking some courses at Algonquin College and I’m currently doing my Master’s of Education but as far as for that role, I don’t think there are any that can prepare you for the chair role.

Root of your passion and drive

It may sound a little funny, but seeing the students walk across the stage at graduation; I can’t describe it, you have to live it and until you do you don’t know what it really means to see a student come from the beginning when they’re naïve and haven’t matured yet, to see them walk across that stage. It’s a pretty special feeling.

 Core Values

The values of caring, learning, integrity and respect were instilled in me by my parents and grandparents long before I got here. As Canadians, our core College values align with us as a society anyways.

“If you don’t agree with something or if you don’t like the way it’s being done, be part of the solution as opposed to part of the problem.”

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