Greg Ross was born on June 25, 1947 at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa. He is the son of the late Andrew Ross, a career diplomat, and Phyllis (nee Godding), an accomplished artist. Ross grew up abroad and in Alta Vista. He attended a multitude of schools including: Alta Vista Public School, the British School of Venezuela, Ridgemont High School and Trinity College School. Ross received a BA Honours in Geography from the University of Ottawa.
Ross has made Ottawa his permanent home since his days as a student at the University of Ottawa. Ross has lived in Sandy Hill, Vanier and the west end of Ottawa, where he currently resides. He has found a deep passion, love and care for the city of Ottawa. In 1972, Ross married Pilar (nee Laguna) of Santiage, Chile. The two of them have been living in the Bay Ward for 30 years. They raised their children, Jenny and Nelson, in the communities of Queensway Terrace North and McKellar Park.
Ross is fluently trilingual as he can converse in English, French and Spanish. He also has the ability to speak some Portuguese. Ross has spent a majority of his career working as a Federal Public Servant which included 13 years as an information officer for Transport Canada. Since taking retirement in 1998 he has been working as a market research interviewer for TNS Canadian Facts.
Volunteer and Passions
Since 1989 Ross has served on the board of the Queensway Terrace North Community Association including three multi-year stints as President. Ross has volunteered as a cub leader, a steward at the Britannia United Church and has been on the board of the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre. Ross has also been involved in both the Pinecrest-Queensway and Sandy Hill community planning studies. In 1986 Ross started collecting used eye glasses for needy third world people through Medical Ministry International. With the help of volunteers he has been able to collect, repair, sort and ship over 375,000 pairs of glasses.
One of Ross’ biggest passions has been to advocate for better public transit. He has accomplished most of his work via working with the Ottawa Research Foundation, Transport Action, Citizens for Alterative Transport and LRT Now – the latter two have been groups Ross has instigated and organized himself.
In 1976 Ross published a study advocating for an LRT in Otttawa, and ever since than he has been an active proponent of this concept. Now that there is a plan to implement LRT, Ross feels that his experiences, research and work would make him an excellent councilor to ensure that Ottawa moves forward and execute an effective and efficient LRT program.
Ross has recently found an interest as a naturalist and a quasi-professional gardener. Because of these interests he is keenly aware of the environmental concerns and issues and will do everything he can to follow a sound and environmentally friendly practice including maximum waste diversion.
Ross was a former local PSAC VP, and he seeks to ensure that the city engages in fair labour practices. Alongside fair labour practices, Ross supports the Living Wage Campaign. With all of his life experiences Ross expects to be an advocate for those who are disadvantaged in our society. This does not exclude the desire to help all Ottawa, citizens, but he wants to ensure that everyone has a fair and equal chance in our community.