Ottawa’s CEO of the Year calls for preservation of Seaway District High School

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Rally set for 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 4

Nelson Zandbergen
Nation Valley News

IROQUOIS — Seaway District High School “needs to be saved,” says Ottawa’s CEO of the Year, who has announced he will attend a community rally tomorrow (Nov. 4) to preserve the school from the threat of closure.

In a Facebook post today, David Ross, Chief Executive Officer of Ross Video, says he has “invested heavily” in the 42-year-old company’s longtime Iroquois manufacturing plant. The facility “employs hundreds of people in the region and benefits from Iroquois being a healthy town,” he writes.

“The number of kids in Seaway are the same and projected to stay the same as when I went there 35 years ago. We’re not talking about a school that’s any less financially viable on its own then when I was a teenager, and it was a pretty great school then,” he writes.

“I’ve invested heavily in Iroquois, and I think that the school board and province shouldn’t pull back from supporting rural Ontario.”

Emmy-winning Ross Video is reputed to have revenues now approaching $200 million annually.

David Ross, son of company founder John Ross, will be honoured as Ottawa’s CEO of the Year at the Best Ottawa Business Awards later this month.

The Upper Canada District School Board has proposed the closure of 29 Eastern Ontario schools, starting with 16 this spring, including Seaway.



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