Joining Santis in 2014, Ross brings more than 15 years of experience in public affairs, corporate strategy and journalism. Most recently Ross was the Director of Government Affairs and Corporate Responsibility at AstraZeneca Canada, one of Canada’s leading innovative pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca, Ross was responsible for all public policy and government relations. He led a national team of colleagues and directly supported three CEOs in their government engagement and stakeholder outreach efforts.
Prior to joining AZC in 2009, Ross spent nearly four years as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the MaRS Discovery District, the innovation incubator and urban science park located in downtown Toronto. One of the organization’s first full-time employees, Ross built strong ties with all three orders of government, developed a global network of commercialization collaborators and launched the organization’s social innovation initiative.
Ross’ experience includes work for the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity at the University of Toronto and “Corporate Knights” magazine – Canada’s leading voice for corporate social responsibility. He also spent five years working in Washington, DC – first at the Embassy of Canada and then at a political and economic forecasting company called the G7 Group.
Ross has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and a Masters in Public Administration from Queen’s University.