From his earliest years, Ross was passionate about sports, first competing in all the team sports (baseball, football and hockey) and then taking up golf and racquetball at the age of 13. With time and lots of practice, he whittled his way down to being a low handicap golfer and winning the NorthEastern (Canada and US) Junior Championships at the age of 15 in racquetball. He competed on the Professional Racquetball Tour for two years, first from his home base in San Diego and then from Denver. In 1984, he won the World Championships in racquetball.
It was in Denver that he had an experience on a friend's farm which led him back to Montreal in pursuit of becoming a veterinarian. He enrolled in the Biology program at Concordia University and graduated with his BSc. Biology degree in 1984. Ross immediately applied to Ontario Veterinary College at Guelph, ON and was accepted! He graduated from OVC in 1989 with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
Upon his return to Montreal, he was headed for a position in veterinary medicine with a friend, Dr. Eric Foot. He received two offers which took precedence. A good friend from racquetball, Andrew Phillips, had just accepted the Head Professional position at Elm Ridge Country Club. He asked Ross if he would like to help him and serve as an Assistant Golf Professional. He didn't have to ask twice! At about the same time, Ross approached Nautilus Plus regarding being the racquetball and squash Professional at two of their locations - Cote St. Luc and Cote de Liesse. They accepted! Ross went to Dr. Foot and told him about these two opportunities. Eric's answer was; 'you have so many opportunities - do everything first, you can always fall back on veterinary medicine in the future.'
From that point, Ross' life was an upwards spiral of better and better positions. Across his business career, he owned two Sports Bars/Restaurants in large tennis/racquet sports facilities and performed many other jobs, for the very large part identifying a need and creating a position to fill that need. In 2001, Ross and a partner, Michael Farber, set out on a project in health and nutrition named NuVo. In eleven short months from inception, the company had seven partners involved in building the business. Through the efforts of Heather Baker, a group presented itself who were interested in taking NuVo onto NASDAQ. As President and CEO, Ross did not want to go that route and he was voted out of the company! As an important component of G3, Ross is in the process of relaunching NuVo with a much larger set of objectives.
Ross' endeavours in golf included starting what he called 'the most INclusive golf club ever' a play on words because so many golf clubs are exclusive! This club was called 'The Mulligan Tour.' In its first year, with the assistance of Peter Kelly, great friend Dave Stotland and Wayne Blunt, Vickie Schanck and Eric Weeks of Golf-O-Max Dorval, they were able to host 18 events across the summer at leading golf clubs in the Montreal area, for their 200+ members, averaging over 60 golfers/event. Following the close of the season, Ross scoured the internet looking for others who were doing similar things, with the aim of developing something big and international for public golfers. In his quest, Ross came across a company named Golf Intelligence (GI) in Minnesota. Very quickly, he and two of the principals of GI developed an enterprise named G3 - Global Golf Group - with the aim of starting similar 'clubs' across Canada and the US. On December 24th, 2003, John Montague, the President and CEO of GI called Ross to tell him that they could not go forward with this initiative. As an important component of G3, Ross is in the process of relaunching G3 Golf, with a much larger set of objectives.
The final and second most important component of Ross' life (next to God) is the love and caring of his entire family and longtime close friends. He has always counted himself tremendously lucky for having all these people in his corner. They truly are a blessing from God!
Come Away With Me - The ongoing story of the life of Ross Harvey
In the days between December 25th and 31st, 2003, Ross had a time he calls his '7 days on the mountain with God.' In this time, God revealed to him things which were not of this world, but rather, of heaven. He gave him a vision of a man who is not famous, not wealthy and not religious, leading mankind back to the Garden of Eden (Heaven on Earth). These were easily the most powerful and revelational days in his history. Since that time his life has changed completely. At first he explained this time as turning his life completely upside down, but in truth, it has turned his life rightside up - whereas before even though he believed in the existence of God, he was not living a life which honoured Him. Now Ross' life honours and glorifies God in every moment. Taking racquetball to its rightful place at the pinnacle of sport represents just one of Ross' missions! You can see more here: G3 Ministries.
Sitting at the cafeteria table on the Montreal General Hospital's psych ward in the early days of 2004, following stabbing myself 3 times in the heart (which my doctors say should have killed me), and despite being groggy from the mind numbing antipsychotic potion of medicines they administered, God was able to get through all this clutter and through my arm pen this amazing document which is the outline of how Heaven on Earth will function.
Read Ross' incomplete book (because his life in unfinished and God told him there would never be a complete book, just a series of movies)) in its entirety online and completely free of charge, here: Read the book
Buy Ross' book on Amazon worldwide. Blurb charges $90 CAD for on-demand publishing and Amazon's fee is $18.00 CAD. My hope is that one day every person who wants one will be able to get it for free!: Buy the book
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