Derrick Ross

President,
Slaight Music

Toronto, ON, Canada

President, Slaight Music Inc. Derrick Ross has been involved in all areas of the music industry. First as a musician in the internationally acclaimed band The Spoons, and then moving into the role of record industry executive in 1984 as General Manager of Enigma Records Canada. In 1989, Derrick struck out on his own, starting DMD Entertainment, an independent radio promotion and marketing company that is reputed as one of Canada's strongest in the field. At the same time, he also started his own label, FRE Records, signing bands such as April Wine, The Skydiggers and Jim Witter. In 2002, Derrick was appointed Vice President of National Promotions and Media Relations at EMI Music Canada. He moved to SLFA in 2007 as Vice President of Contemporary Music where he developed successful new strategies in sales, marketing and corporate partnerships. Derrick became President of Slaight Music in January 2011. The music company was founded by Gary Slaight and Derrick Ross with the mandate to support the Canadian music community through various initiatives, and help develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers.