Mr. Ross is currently an Executive in Residence and part time Professor at the Telfer School of Management, where he teaches Complex Project Leadership. Mr. Ross was Assistant Deputy Minister Materiel from May 2005 to December 2012 with the Department of National Defence. As ADM Materiel, he provided leadership and direction to a group of 4,400 military and civilian staff and was responsible for an annual budget of $5 – 6 billion. He oversaw the delivery of the largest re-equipping program for the Canadian Forces since the Korean Conflict and, at the same time, led an extensive series of projects to provide Canadian troops in Afghanistan with equipment and capabilities critical to improving soldier survivability and operational effectiveness. Prior to that appointment, he was Assistant Deputy Minister of Information Management in the Department of National Defence. From 2002 to 2003, he was Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Operations Branch of Public Works and Government Services Canada. From 1999 to 2002, he was Deputy to the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister at the Privy Council Office. He served 30 years in the Canadian Army, retiring in 2002 as a Brigadier-General.
He has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Saskatchewan and received the Head of the Public Service award for Management Excellence in 2010.