Vice Chair, Board of Directors
Ross is a respected music industry veteran who once held the position of President at GRT Records for 10 years (from the label's inception in 1969), where he signed such Canadian artists as Dan Hill, Dr. Music, Ian Thomas, Lighthouse and Moe Koffman. His resume also includes five years as Executive VP in Canada for WEA (now Warner Music Canada). He is perhaps best known for his long and outstanding tenure as President then Chairman of Universal Music Canada (formerly MCA) for nearly two decades from 1983 to 2001, during which he oversaw the development of a Canadian roster that included global stars like The Tragically Hip. Ross was a founding director of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) in 1975. In 2001, he was elected to the full-time position of Chairman. He expanded the focus of the JUNO Awards and was instrumental in taking Canada's Music Awards show "on the road" for the first time to St. John's, NL, in addition to growing the singular celebration into a full weekend of events that showcases the successes of Canadian music. His experience and expertise in the music industry has him currently acting as an advisory board member for the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and MusiCounts. Ross is also a past Chairman of the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA).