Ross McMillanPresident, Tides Canada
Ross was appointed President of Tides Canada in 2007. Tides Canada provides uncommon solutions for the common good by integrating work on the environment, healthy communities, and just economies. Ross oversees Tides Canada’s diverse service offerings to philanthropists, foundations, corporations, Indigenous partners, communities, and governments, including donor advised funds, impact investing, strategy development, program design, grant-making, and evaluation. Ross was a principal architect of the Great Bear Rainforest project in British Columbia—one of the most significant conservation programs in North American history—including the creation of a $120 million conservation financing package to help support cultural and biological diversity in the region. He has helped the Tides Canada team and visionary donors and partners to expand the scope and deepen the impact of their work, promoting intentionality and informed experimentation—Tides Canada has now granted over $160 million to 2,500 initiatives in support of environmental and social change in Canada. Ross’ early career focused on public policy and politics before he turned to philanthropy as his preferred platform for change. He is a curious student of the natural world, psychology, anthropology, and Tibetan Buddhism.