Profile of Ross Cloutier

Ross Cloutier on a 1991 Everest expedition
Ross Cloutier on a 1991 Everest expedition

Ross Cloutier is the founder of the Adventure Studies Department at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada and oversees the overall quality of the adventure studies program in Iceland.

He is the owner of Bhudak Consultants Ltd., which specializes in providing outdoor-related risk management services to schools, colleges and universities, businesses, and governments. He is also the managing partner in Pinnacle Risk and Insurance Consultants, which provides risk rating services to adventure tourism insurers.

Prior to joining TRU in 1992, Ross was employed by the Justice Institute of British Columbia as the British Columbia Provincial Search and Rescue Training Coordinator. He was the founder and owner of Wells Gray Backcountry Chalets, and was employed as a mountain guide. He was the Climbing Leader of the Mt. Everest Canada expedition in 1991. Ross is recognized as an authority in adventure-related legal liability and risk management. He has conducted numerous program reviews and accident investigations including industry-changing accident investigation into the Roger’s Pass avalanche for Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School in 2003. Ross is the past president and CEO of Avalanche Canada and past chair of the National Safety Committee for Outward Bound Canada.