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Senior Strategy Advisor
Born and raised in Alberta, Ryan brings with him an impressive range of federal government experience to the Prairie Sky Team. He has spent the last 15 years in senior public policy roles in Ottawa developing a sophisticated understanding of the Canadian political environment along with government policy and regulatory frameworks. He has worked on several political campaigns and spent nearly 10 years in the federal government starting in the Prime Minister’s Office in 2006 and subsequently held senior policy positions for the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and the Minister of Small Business and Tourism.
Most recently, Ryan was a Senior Director at Canada’s largest business association, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. In this role, he supported companies from across Canada on government relations, advocacy, policy research and development and public affairs on files including transportation, infrastructure, supply chains, regulatory issues, interprovincial trade and cannabis. He has also been a regular spokesperson for the chamber with the national media and regularly provided parliamentary testimony before the House of Commons and Senate Standing Committees.
Ryan established and currently co-chairs the National Cannabis Working Group, Canada’s leading cannabis industry association, which seeks to support the growth and competitiveness of Canada’s regulated cannabis industry while helping all levels of government achieve their health and safety objectives.
Ryan is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a degree in political science and history and has a certificate in policy implementation from the Manning Centre for Building Democracy.