Ellis Ross to chair new provincial council

Ellis Ross has been named chairman of the new Aboriginal Business and Investment Council.

Ellis Ross has been named

chairman of the new Aboriginal

Business and Investment Council.

And as chairman, the Haisla

Nation chief councillor will also

sit on the BC Jobs and Investment

Board, serving as a link between

the two bodies.

In making the announcement

last week premier Christy Clark

said, “Ellis Ross’s pragmatic approach

to economic development,

co-operation and collaboration

make him an incredible asset to the

Aboriginal Business and Investment

Council.”

Ross is a former federal Fisheries

employee who has also run a

log-salvage business and worked in

the charter-boat industry.

The Aboriginal Business and

Investment Council will work with

aboriginal communities and the

private sector to make recommendations

to government on strategies

to improve aboriginal peoples’ participation

in the economy, identify

successful investment models between

aboriginals and the private

sector, foster economic development

in aboriginal communities,

and increase overall investment in

the province.

“Aboriginal peoples have to

learn about what it takes to succeed

in the business world, business has

to learn how to engage with them,

and the Crown has to know what it

can bring to the table and how to ensure

it fl ows smoothly,” said Ross.

“If we can make headway on

these hurdles, we will see projects

getting built and aboriginal peoples

being involved in the economy surrounding

them.”

There was also something of a

local connection to the chairman of

the BC Jobs and Investment Board.

Ray Castelli is currently CEO

of Weatherhaven, one of the world’s

leading suppliers of redeployable

camps and shelter systems, but at

one time held a

a senior position with

Alcan.

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