Ken Ross is a former Assistant Deputy Minister of Community and Institutional Services for the Department of Health in New Brunswick. His responsibilities included mental health and addiction services, primary health care, chronic disease management, hospital services, extra mural program, ambulance services, and the New Brunswick Cancer Network. Prior to that he was the Chairman and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of New Brunswick, a Crown Agency which was mandated to reform mental health in New Brunswick with a focus on community care and services. He was also the past Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association in New Brunswick. He was a past member of F/P/T committees on mental health and public health.
He has participated as a member of consultation teams on mental health reform in Latvia and Curitiba, Brazil, and has presented in Budapest Hungary, strategies to reform mental health policy in Eastern European Countries. He is a past member of the Services Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and was a member of a group of that assisted Senator Kirby in the policy development for the establishment of the Commission. He has made numerous presentations across Canada on reforming mental health systems and is a recipient of the C.M. Hincks Award from National CMHA and the Queens Golden Jubilee Award in recognition for his contributions to mental health in Canada and New Brunswick.
He is a current member of Moncton Community Residences Board an NGO that provides community residential options for children and adults with mental health and developmental challenges.