Robert K. (Bob) Barrett is President and CEO of Polytainers Inc., a leading plastic packaging manufacturer. Influenced by his father’s business acumen and commitment to excellence, Bob has led and seen the company grow to employing more than 700 team members.
Also influenced by his father’s philanthropy, Bob learned about the importance of generosity, selflessness and giving. In 2013, The Barrett Family Foundation was created and is dedicated to supporting education, the environment, humanitarian causes, health and the arts.
Bob and his family believe that education is critical to the success of youth in Canada and around the globe. Some of the Foundation’s notable investments include scholarships to the children of Polytainers’ employees, funding Sustainable Food Engineering and Research Programs, and establishing a partnership with World Vision Canada to fund education for at-risk youth in Central America.
Bob has seen the evolution of technology firsthand and knows there continues to be a need for students to learn advanced skills that provide opportunities for career enhancement. As a result, the Barrett Family Foundation’s $10-million investment in Humber College was the catalyst for the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation.
Bob graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst with a BA in Economics. In support of his alma mater, in 2018, he funded a Chair in Polymer Science, alongside a Chair funded by his father in 1987. In 2013, Bob received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee award. In his spare time, Bob enjoys time away from the office to be with his daughters and grand-children, and traveling and playing golf with Francine.