Ellis Ross was born and raised in Kitamaat Village, BC and is a member of the Haisla Nation.
Ellis was working as a taxi boat operator when he was elected to Haisla Council in 2003. Soon he had to make a choice between his water taxi job or accept the Haisla Nation Council’s request that he become their first full-time elected councillor. He accepted the Council’s request and spent eight years learning and working on Council affairs and issues until 2011 when he was elected Chief Councillor.
He was re-elected by acclamation in 2013.
In 2017, due to frustration over the pace of LNG development in BC, Ellis resigned as Chief Councillor and ran for election in Skeena under the BC Liberal banner.
He was elected MLA in 2017, winning what had been a safe NDP seat.
He was comfortably re-elected in October, 2020.
Canadian Business magazine named Ellis one of its 50 most influential Canadians in 2012. BC Business magazine named him to its Top 50 the same year.
He has been a panelist and guest speaker at events organized by The Econ- omist, the Conference Board of Canada, the BC Business Council, and dozens of groups.
In recognition of his community service, Ellis was awarded the Order of BC in 2014 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013.
In 2012, he was appointed by Premier Christy Clark as the founding Chair of the Aboriginal Business and Investment Council.
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