Barry W. Bussey, was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada and raised in Conception Bay South. His family has a long history on the island. His paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Bussey, was among the 173 men lost at sea aboard the S.S. Southern Cross in 1914 during the March seal hunt. That tragedy along with 78 men frozen to death on the ice during the same storm has become known as the Great Newfoundland Sealing Disaster. His maternal grandfather, William Gordon Dawe, was among the 800 hundred Newfoundland soldiers who fought on July 1, 1916, on the opening day of The Battle of The Somme, in Beaumont Hamel, France. Within 30 minutes the entire Royal Newfoundland Regiment was decimated. His grandfather, though wounded, survived.
He studied Theology at Burman University in Lacombe, Alberta graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. After pastoring the two church district of Bay Roberts and Conception Bay South in Newfoundland – Barry went to law school at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada and graduated with the Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1992. He was called to the Newfoundland Bar in April 1993 and continued a general law practice in St. John’s with Ron Cole Law Office. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Newfoundland retained Barry to represent it in various meetings with the Provincial Government including the Premier on the issue of government funding of church schools. He appeared before the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs representing the Adventist Church.
In 1996 Barry moved his family to Ontario where he took up duties as General Counsel, Trust Services and Religious Liberty Director for the Ontario Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In 1998 he was elected Secretary of the Ontario Conference. He developed a growing knowledge of the law on religious freedom in Canada – representing a number of church members who struggled for religious accommodation in the workplace. His legal practice also included all areas of church life – employment law, property, estates and civil litigation.
In preparation for the world meeting of the Seventh-day Adventist Church General Conference in Toronto in June 2000 – Barry organized a successful campaign to persuade Canada Post to issue a postage stamp commemorating the event. It was the first time that a Western country so honored the Adventist Church.
During the fall of 2000 Barry was nominated as the Canadian Alliance candidate for the federal electoral district of Oshawa. After the 2000 federal election he returned to the Ontario Conference continuing his church law practice. It was in May 2002 he received a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s. His dissertation drew heavily on his experience representing the Adventist Church in the Newfoundland education debate.
In 2003 he began work with The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada as General Counsel. During that time he represented the Church before a parliamentary committee on the issue of same-sex marriage and argued the Church’s position of maintaining religious freedom on the matter before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Same-sex Marriage Reference Case. He was also involved, besides general legal work, in organizing church conferences including Should I Fight? Conference that dealt with Adventism and conscientious objection.
At Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto he studied graduate courses in Constitutional Law and in June 2006 was awarded the Master of Laws Degree.
From January 2009 to May 2011 Barry was the Associate Director of the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Department at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He headed up the Adventist Office of Legislative Affairs on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. where he was actively involved with the Workplace Religious Freedom Coalition and advocated for the cause of religious freedom in Washington. He also has represented the International Religious Liberty Association at the United Nations in New York and Geneva.
In July 2011 Barry began work with the Canadian Council of Christian Charities as the Vice-President for Legal Affairs. In this position he has represented the interests of the CCCC at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance on the matter of Tax Incentives for Charitable Donations.
In June 2015 he was awarded the degree Master of Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Waterloo. He has also commenced PhD studies under the direction of Prof. Paul Cliteur at the University of Leiden, Netherlands.
You may follow his academic writing at: https://leidenuniv.academia.edu/BarryWBussey
He has presented the following:
2011 CCCC Annual Conference Workshop, Sept. 27-29, Mississauga, Ontario
Flow Through Shares As A Gift Scheme for Your Charity This introductory seminar considered the potential of charities benefiting from the tax rules that permit oil and mineral exploration companies who pass on the tax breaks for exploration to investors.
2012 Ontario Human Rights Commission, Jan. 11-13, Toronto, Ontario
2012 International Religious Liberty Association, Aug. 20-22, Toronto, Ontario
2012 Christian Legal Fellowship Institute, August 23, 2012 London, Ontario
2012 CCCC Annual Conference Workshop September 25 – 27, 2012, Richmond, BC
37Legal Update Review of 2012 charity law; changes implemented by the 2012 federal budget and CRA. 38Mission Drift and Corporate Objects A joint workshop with Terrance Carter, Managing Partner, Carters Professional Corporation. Mission drift is a term applied to the common experience of ministry emphasis changing over time. It is a gradual process. The workshop gave important counsel of what organizations need to do to keep their constituting documents in sync with their current mission. Get the powerpoint here. See also the article subsequently published, Mission Drift and Corporate Objects, By Terrance S. Carter and Barry W. Bussey CHURCH LAW BULLETIN No.42, October 26, 2012. If you are interested in obtaining a CD of these CCCC Conference workshop presentations you may do so by contacting Kennedy Recordings.
2013 Christian Legal Fellowship Student Conference, Feb. 16, Montreal, Quebec
2013 Church Works Conference, Feb. 27, Abbotsford, B.C.
2013 International Consortium For Law and Religion Studies, August 21-23, Richmond, Virginia
CCCC Publications Barry has written:
Issue 5, 2011 Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act
Issue 2, 2012 Conflict of Interest: A Matter of Integrity
Issue 3, 2012 Getting Your Corporation In Order Under The Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act; Understanding Old Age Security for Missionaries and Employees Serving Abroad; 2012 Federal Budget Affects Charities
Issue 4, 2012 Horizons: What’s New in Charity Law & Policy
Issue 2, 2013 Horizons: What’s New in Charity Law and Policy
Issue 3, 2013 Canadian Copyright Law: What Charities Need To Know
Issue 4, 2013 The One Who Owns The Money Gets The Receipt
Issue 5, 2013 Preparing To Communicate In A Crisis
Issue 5, 2013 When A Church Plant Becomes Independent
Issue 2, 2014 Clergy Communication Privilege
Issue 3, 2014 Horizons: What’s New in Charity Law and Policy
Issue 4, 2014 Horizons: What’s New in Charity Law and Policy
Issue 2, 2015 Space Enough For All
Issue 4, 2015 When Do I Need To Hire A Lawyer?
Issue 4, 2015 The Annual Filings: What’s Required in Your Province?
Stewardship Handbook (Volume II)
Chapter 7: Charitable Gifts, Grants, and Services
A sample of other writing Barry has done or is doing:
Barry enjoy favorite past time is writing. In his spare time he is writing a novel set in Newfoundland in the early part of the 20th Century and centres around the Great Sealing Disaster of 1914.
He served as Editor of Fides et Libertas for 2009, 2010, 2011 issues. [The Journal of the International Religious Liberty Association 12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring, Maryland 20904-6600, USA Phone: 301.680.6686 Fax: 301.680.6695 http://www.irla.org/fides-et-
He edited a volume entitled: Should I Fight? Essays on Conscientious Objection and the Seventh-day Adventist ChurchEditor: Barry W. Bussey Publisher Guardian Books/Essence Publishing, 2011 ISBN 1554525799, 9781554525799″ http://essencebookstore.com/
Liberty Magazine Articles
January/February 2010 A Tale of Two Unions A Pastor’s Wife on the Stand for Religious Exemption
May/June 2008 Religious Killing Threatens Religion
Short book reviews in the Journal of Church and State:
Family Transformed: Religion, Values, and Society in American Life. By Tipton, Steven M. and John Witte, Jr.. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2005. 317 pp. $26.95
Journal of Church and State, Vol 48, Summer 2006, Number 3 by Bussey, Barry W.
Religious Liberty in America: Political Safeguards. By Louis Fisher. Lawrence, Kans.: University Press of Kansas, 2002. xii+380 pp. $35.00 cloth.
Journal of Church and State, 1/1/04 by Bussey, Barry W. ·
Legislating Morality: Pluralism and Religious Identity in Lawmaking. By Lucinda Peach. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. 218 pp. $35.00.
Journal of Church and State, 3/22/03 by Bussey, Barry W.
From Civil to Political Religion: The Intersection of Culture, Religion and Politics By Marcela Cristi. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2001, 293 pp. $32.95.
Journal of Church and State, 1/1/03 by Bussey, Barry W.
School Prayer and Discrimination: The Civil Rights of Religious Minorities and Dissenters. By Frank S. Ravitch. Boston, Mass.: Northeastern University …
Journal of Church and State, 1/1/00 by Bussey, Barry W.
Book reviews in the Journal of Law and Religion VOLUME XXII 2006-2007 NUMBER 2
Barry W. Bussey Hope for a Global Ethic, by Brian D. Lepard ………………….
Barry W. Bussey The Pilgrimage of Stephen Harper, by Lloyd Mackey…………….
Barry also hosted the TV program Global Faith and Freedom for example see: