Coast Funds Welcomes Ross Dixon as Director, Development

Coast Funds is pleased to announce that Ross Dixon has joined our team as Director, Development.

Ross will work in service of First Nations governments to build their endowed funds with Coast Funds to sustainably finance their stewardship authorities. As Director, Development, Ross will work in partnership with First Nations to collaboratively create fundraising strategies, identify opportunities, and support Nations as they launch stewardship fundraising campaigns.

“I’m honoured to be joining Coast Funds at a time when Indigenous Rights are increasingly winning the recognition they deserve,” says Ross. “I look forward to working together with First Nations to help generate the sustainable finance to bring their stewardship visions to life.”

Ross brings with him a wealth of experience supporting First Nations to strengthen the well-being of their communities and their ecosystems. His skill set, knowledge, and passion are sure to have a positive impact on Coast Funds’ ability to achieve our goals in support of First Nations.

Since its founding, Coast Funds has supported the growth and development of First Nations’ Guardian programs and robust stewardship authorities along the coast. These programs help fulfill First Nations’ inherent rights and responsibilities across their homelands.

“Ross brings with him a wealth of experience supporting First Nations to strengthen the well-being of their communities and their ecosystems,” says Coast Funds’ CEO, Brodie Guy. “His skill set, knowledge, and passion are sure to have a positive impact on Coast Funds’ ability to achieve our goals in support of First Nations.”

As Director, Development, Ross Dixon will partner with First Nations to build their endowed funds with Coast Funds to sustainably finance their stewardship authorities, such as the K’omoks Guardian Department (pictured here conducting eel grass surveys). Photo by Scott Harris.

Prior to joining Coast Funds, Ross worked on conservation initiatives in the Great Bear Rainforest and Salish Sea as Communications and Development Director with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. In that role Ross worked to create stewardship education programs for Indigenous youth, acquire trophy hunting rights in collaboration with Coastal First Nations and assisted the Indigenous-led Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance with funding for habitat restoration.

“I’m grateful to have visited and learned from the diverse First Nations along the coast and I look forward to supporting their continued success in stewardship and economic development,” says Dixon.

Ross has also worked with governments, industry, academia, entrepreneurs, and economically-deprived communities to create jobs in the United Kingdom’s environmental technology sector. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science from Manchester University and a Master of Science in Water, Energy, and the Environment from Liverpool John Moore’s University. Ross is also registered therapeutic counsellor.

Learn more about how First Nations are partnering with Coast Funds to invest in their long-term stewardship visions.