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Simon Ross

Guest Speaker

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Indigenous Leadership

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST

Simon Ross the Director for Indigenous Leadership at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity will be running a workshop on Indigenous Leadership, participants will walk away with skills to support them on their own leadership journey.  

Speaker: Simon Ross

About Simon

Hailing from Nlaka'pamux Nation in British Columbia, Simon has more than twenty – five years of successful experience in the areas of post-secondary education, healthcare, non-profit sector and working with and for Indigenous communities and organizations.


With multidisciplinary interests ranging from community health, career development and leadership training to adventure tourism and environmental land based education. Simon is now the Director of Indigenous Leadership at the Banff Centre. His role is to oversee the Indigenous Leadership portfolio. As the Director he brings his passion, leadership and vision to strengthen and grow the programs for the continued success of participants. Who strengthen and build their communities as sovereign nations with self-governance and self-determination as their footholds for thriving communities.


Throughout his career, Simon has stood at the forefront of developing meaningful connections and has built a reputation as a catalyst in championing the empowerment of individuals and communities. As a senior health program advisor, he partnered with healthcare providers to better understand the diverse needs of First Nation communities in planning quality programs and services. In the areas of education and career development, Simon worked as liaison between Indigenous workers and future employers; and initiated culturally-based Indigenous and non-Indigenous skills and leadership training programs. He provided operational leadership in funding; program advancement; strategic planning; board governance; and community and governmental relations