Todd Ross is a Public Affairs Consultant with a focus on healthcare and Indigenous rights. He has worked as a health systems planner in Ontario and as a Director to Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long – Term Care.
He is the Indigenous Health Consultant with the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). His role includes working within the LHIN to implement the Toronto Indigenous health strategy with Indigenous health service providers as well as hospitals, health centres and other health service providers. The goal is to lead transformation in health programs and services toward improved health outcomes for Indigenous people in Toronto.
He brings a vast amount of professional experience in health care. As Director of Outreach and Senior Advisor to the Minister of Health and Long – Term Care he provided advise and implemented the coordination and planning of the Ontario government involvement with various multicultural communities in the Toronto region. Prior to this role, Todd was the Special Assistant, Community Liaison and Public Appointments and worked with the Ministry Public Appointments Unit and the Premier’s Office to manage the Order-In-Council appointments to the Ministries 166 agencies, boards and committees.
As the Director of Community Development and Information Services at Casey House, Todd was a member of the senior management team and led community relations, partnerships, and Information Technology management and development. He was also responsible for legislative requirements including implementing requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and the Accessibility Act.
He is Métis and is a veteran who served on the HMCS Saskatchewan as a Naval Combat Information Operator. He is one of three representative plaintiffs in the Ross, Roy, Satalic versus Canada class action suit. A suit brought forward on behalf of current and former employees of the federal public service who endured a campaign to purge members of the LGBTQ2 community. He now serves as the Vice-Chair of the Reconciliation Memorialization Measures Panel – a multimillion dollar fund for reconciliation and memorialization measures.
He is the Vice President of Anishnawbe Health Toronto, an Indigenous Community Health Centre and is on the capital campaign committee for Toronto’s new Aboriginal Hub which will include a new health centre, a long-term care home and additional services including employment, education and housing.
He is the Chair of the Toronto and York Region Métis Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario. In this role, he also serves on the City of Toronto Aboriginal Affairs Committee and the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council.
Todd has studied political science with a focus on Canadian systems of government at the University of New Brunswick and at York University.
Todd has previously served on a number of organizations. These include:
Chair Emeritus for Wellesley Central Residences, providing housing for frail and elder people as well as people and families living with HIV;
Chair of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, an international recognized City of Toronto agency that oversees a twenty-one-million-dollar fund utilized to provide impact investing and develop initiatives to reduce emissions in the city;
Vice Chair at St Jude Community Homes, a supportive housing agency for people living with mental illness;
Steering Committee Member of the Toronto HIV/AIDS Network. A coordinating network of HIV/AIDS service organizations in Toronto;
Founding member of Rainbow Railroad, a group that provides safe routes of escape for LGBTQ people around the world who are facing persecution to countries where they will be safe;
Co Chair of the Friends For Life Bike Rally, a 600 km bike ride from Toronto to Montreal that has raised millions for people living with HIV/AIDS;
Co-Chair of the Toronto AIDS Vigil. A community event to honour, remember and celebrate people who have died of HIV/AIDS;
Steering Committee Member of Keep the Promise. A campaign to advocate action in parliament for the elimination of child poverty in Canada;
Todd was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. He lives in Toronto, Ontario and Campobello Island, New Brunswick with his partner Kirk.