William Ross

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The Roscoe Wilmeth Award is presented to members who have a record of outstanding, long-term service to the CAA and to Canadian Archaeology. This is the second year for this award and it is the pleasure of the CAA Board of Directors to present the award to Mr. William Ross.

Bill Ross has had a long and distinguished career in Ontario archaeology working with the Province of Ontario, and as a consultant. During his years in public service, Bill and his colleagues undertook an ambitious program of research and public outreach throughout northwestern Ontario. He contributed to the development of the region’s culture history and assisted in developing public archaeology and heritage education programs, including the founding of a regional manuscript series, the ‘Conservation Archaeology Reports’, that remain the core professional literature for the region.

Bill was a founding member of the Thunder Bay Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society and co-founder and co-chair of the Lake Superior Basin workshops for the last 34 years. In addition, Bill worked with the Association of Professional Archaeologists from 2005 to 2011. Over the course of his career Bill has remained an active member of the Canadian Archaeological Association, serving as President and Past President from 2011 to 2014, and also annually chairing the nomination committee for the Pendergast Award.

In his retirement, Bill remains active as an adjunct member of the Department of Anthropology at Lakehead University, and freely offers his experience, advice and perspective to undergraduate and graduate students. Throughout his career, Bill has offered his services to the advancement of archaeology and to the work of the CAA, and it is now the CAA’s pleasure to present the Roscoe Wilmeth Award to William Ross.