Founder & CEO

Nova Scotia, Canada

Nova Scotia, Canada

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Ross Simmonds is the founder of Foundation and is a marketer passionate about all things tech. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in marketing, Ross is an entrepreneur who consistently strives to give back. He sits on the board of directors for Volta Labs, Black Business Initiative and Boys & Girls Club of Preston, as well as the board of trustees for Phoenix Youth Programs. 

Over the last 10 years, Ross has worked closely with a wide range of brands across the globe ranging from Fortune 500 companies to up-and-coming startups. He’s been published in Forbes, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Venture Beat, BET, CBC, Social Media Examiner and more. Ross is known for his work in growth marketing, Slideshare, Instagram and digital marketing as a whole. He was named in Mashable as one of the top Snapchat marketers in the world, and he has shared his thoughts on marketing and tech around the globe at conferences and events, such as SearchLove, CTAConf, MozCon and more.

Ross is all-in with whatever he is working on. His dedication to continual learning and inspiring the team is hard to match (although he would never point it out himself). Here’s a brief taste of Ross’ personality:

What is usually playing in your headphones?

Typically, I’m listening to a podcast (everything from marketing to something about physics) or ’90s/early 2000s hip-hop.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

My earliest memory of what I wanted to be when I grew up was a wrestler in the WWF.

What are you happiest doing, when you are not working?

Definitely traveling with the family.

What is your hidden talent?

I’m really good at dodgeball.

What is one of your favourite quotes?

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. — Calvin Coolidge

Hire Ross To Speak

Over the last few years, Ross has spoken to Fortune 500 companies around the globe and at industry events like MozCon, Webbdagarna, SearchLove and more. He speaks at a variety of colleges and universities across the country and has been praised time and time again for delivering stories that captivate while offering valuable insights.

Read Ross' Blog

Ross writes about a wide range of topics that interest him and teaches brands how to use content marketing, social media and digital channels to achieve their business goals. As an entrepreneur, he often writes about the highs and lows of entrepreneurship along with the lessons he’s learned over the last few years.

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