Ross Laird, PhD RCC is a clinical consultant and best-selling author on themes of addiction, trauma, creativity, and healing. He has won multiple awards for his writing, clinical work, teaching, and scholarship. He is the clinical supervisor to BC’s largest provincially-funded addictions treatment program and a consultant to many others. Dr. Laird has taught at more than a dozen post-secondary institutions and has been involved with mental health and trauma research at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, the War Childhood Museum in Sarajevo, the Happy Museum Project in the UK, and at other cultural institutions implementing mental health practices in museum settings. He has worked with first responders, parent groups, refugees, Indigenous communities, university students, cancer patients — hundreds of organizations both in Canada and internationally.
Dr. Laird has published two critically-acclaimed books and is currently completing a third (on addictions and the path of healing). He is also working on two further books, with co-authors, focused on the role that creative and cultural activities can play in mental health and wellbeing.
Ross has stretched and supported me far more than anyone else has in growing into my potential, and I know he has done the same for others. He gave us the opportunity to be, and to see each other, as fully human. What more could we ask for?
– Tierney Wisniewski, Research Associate
Ross is one of the most genuinely creative individuals I have had the pleasure of knowing. I would recommend Ross to any organization that wants an exceptional and memorable experience.
– Jamie Billingham, BC Nonprofit Housing Association
Ross imparts his wisdom with such ease and playful enthusiasm one is often surprised at just how much skill and knowledge is acquired.
– Margo O’Hara, Hope Bridge Services
Ross was a catalyst in my development to reconnect with my passion for leadership. Through his example of consistency, compassion, and intelligence, I felt empowered to take control of my education. I feel inspired by his integrity and his intense love of education, cultural understanding, and knowledge.
– Amanda Smith-Weston, former student
Based on conversations I’ve had with many students over the years, I know that I’m not alone in believing that Ross Laird has been one of the most influential people in my life.
– Yvonne Stewart, Amazon field school participant
Ross is simultaneously brilliant and humble; forceful and gentle; present and silent. He is a front line educator who is on fire and who has that rare talent for igniting the minds and hearts of every learner and colleague he encounters.
– Farhad Dastur, Psychologist
Ross is a creative genius. He uses his creativity to enrich the lives of his students by showing them how they can be successful not just in school but in life.
– Andrews Owusu, former student
In his classrooms I have observed students, including myself, come out of their shells, contribute with purpose and meaning to class discussion and activities, and have transformative learning experiences.
– Lee Beavington, interdisciplinary educator
Ross is more than just an educator. Ross is a mentor, a tutor and a learner himself.
– Douglas Hinche, former student
Ross Laird teaches like no other. He leads by example and is always ready to share his knowledge and wisdom. The enthusiasm that is found in and outside of the classroom with his students is phenomenal.
– Bonnie Chi, Amazon field school participant
His experiences have given him an abundance of empathy and universal wisdom. His enthusiasm for learning is palpable and invigorating.
– Connell Green, Amazon field school participant
Ross’ teaching has inspired me to do more than I thought possible, to view challenges as opportunities for growth and exploration, and it has utterly changed how I view education.
– Sheridan Taylor, former student
Ross’ welcoming and caring nature helps to foster an environment whereby learners can engage with one another on a more intimate and understanding level. Ross encourages us to push boundaries, to play, to explore, to create, and to reflect.
– Braeden Saucy, media artist
I have never had an educator influence me more. I have learned more in my time with Ross than in the rest of my education combined. I am a better student, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend because of my opportunity to learn from Ross.
– Christine Kwan, former student
Ross has made such a positive impact on my life and on those of my peers. He has helped us realize that we are able of creating and walking our own paths. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
– Abbey Ratcliff, former student