Barry Finkelman

Barry is a specialist in cultural heritage, media and education. His career has included service to the Medicine Hat Public School District, Olds College and Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. He has also worked in the private sector as co-owner of an entertainment and tourism business.

Since 2005, Barry has been the Executive Director of the Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District and has led the re-development of the Medalta Potteries, Medicine Hat Brick & Tile and Hycroft China factories in the creation of a major museum, arts, education and tourism complex for Southern Alberta, and the establishment of the Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, Medalta’s world-renown artists’ residency program. He is also Board Chair of the Plainsman Clays Ltd. group of companies, which manufactures pottery clay for the North American ceramic arts industry.

Barry currently serves on the council of the Alberta Order of Excellence. His résumé includes service as: President of the Alberta Museums Association; member of the Premier’s Council on Culture; public member with the Alberta College of Medical Laboratory Technologists; past chair of the City of Medicine Hat’s Arts & Heritage Advisory Board and Economic Development Advisory Board. Barry was both a board member and regular contributor to the award winning Expression magazine and wrote a weekly independent column for the Medicine Hat News from 2001 to 2008. He is a past president of the Medicine Hat Kiwanis Club and is a Mel Osborne Fellow, awarded by the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada.