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Michael Ross

Undercover Agent & Canadian Special Service Soldier

In 1982 a young Michael Ross joins the legion of Canadian twenty-somethings backpacking in Europe. Through happenstance, he winds up working on a Kibbutz in Israel, where he falls in love with the land and its ancient, multi-layered history. He immerses himself in Israeli culture, converts to Judaism, and adopts his new country’s struggle for survival as his own, joining the Israel Defence Force and eventually Mossad’s most elite and storied covert-operations unit, Caesaria.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Presentations

Risk Management
When a spy walks into a room he is constantly assessing the situation and possible risk. Before a spy does even the most menial task he/she must consider the ramifications of his/her actions. In the real world of espionage, there are always hiccups. When preparing for an operation, experienced spies list a selection of possible occurrences that may suddenly appear and pose a potential threat to the success of the mission and an according list of reactions that should be used to counter them. This list can be quite extensive and is an essential tool in assessing possible risks and how best to thwart and/or at least, mitigate them.

Summary Profile

Michael Ross is a native of Victoria, British Columbia. He converted to Judaism and served as a soldier in the Canadian Special Service Force and a combat unit in the Israel Defence Forces prior to being recruited as an undercover agent in Israel’s legendary secret intelligence service, the Mossad.

In 1982 a young Michael Ross joins the legion of Canadian twenty-somethings backpacking in Europe. Through happenstance, he winds up working on a Kibbutz in Israel, where he falls in love with the land and its ancient, multi-layered history. He immerses himself in Israeli culture, converts to Judaism, and adopts his new country’s struggle for survival as his own, joining the Israel Defence Force and eventually Mossad’s most elite and storied covert-operations unit, Caesaria.

For seven-and-a-half years, Ross worked as an undercover agent – a classic spy. While working for the Mossad, Ross was a “combatant,” a term designating a deep-cover officer tasked with working in hostile milieus. Ross describes his role in missions to foil attempts by Syria, Libya, and Iran to acquire advanced weapons technology. He tells of his part in the capture of three senior al Qaeda operatives who masterminded the 1998 attacks on American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania; a joint Mossad-FBI operation that uncovered a senior Hezbollah terrorist based in the United States; and a mission to South Africa in which he intercepted Iranian agents seeking to expand their country’s military arsenal; and two-and-a-half years as Mossad’s Counterterrorism Liaison Officer to the CIA and FBI.

He also operated as a case officer in Africa and Asia for three years, and was the Mossad’s counterterrorism liaison officer to the CIA and FBI for two-and-a-half years. Ross is a published writer and commentator, with articles recently placed in Maclean’s, the National Post and the Globe and Mail on Middle Eastern affairs and terrorism.

Ross is the author of the Globe and Mail and Maclean’s bestseller, The Volunteer, A Canadian’s Secret Life in the Mossad.