Ross Belot



Ross Belot had a long career with Imperial Oil, a Canadian ExxonMobil affiliate, before retiring in 2014. He now devotes his time to photography, documentary filmmaking, and writing. His writing on climate change has earned him a name as a regular columnist and celebrated poet.

Ross is a regular columnist in Canada’s National Observer, where he writes opinion pieces about government climate change inaction. For his eco-poetics, Ross was named as a finalist for the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize. His poetry collection Moving to Climate Change Hours was named in the CBC’s list of “The best Canadian poetry of 2020” and Shondaland’s list of “11 New Books That Will Change How You Think About the Climate Crisis.”

Born in Ottawa, Ross earned a Batchelor’s of Chemical Engineering and Management in 1981. In 2017, he completed an MFA in creative writing at Saint Mary’s College of California.