Ryan serves as the Executive Director of the Toronto Police Services Board, which governs the fourth-largest municipal police service in North America. As the Board’s chief strategist and change management leader, Ryan is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Board’s business and its staff. Ryan provides executive leadership and strategic advice to assist the Board in improving the delivery of police services in Canada’s largest municipality, as well as enhancing community safety, public value and trust. His role has Ryan overseeing the full span of the Board’s activities in the areas of governance, labour relations, policy development, communications, stakeholder engagement, government relations, and budgeting, among others. Ryan is frequently called upon for thought leadership and his expertise on the topics of police governance, oversight and critical issues in policing and community safety more broadly.
Prior to being appointed as the Board’s Executive Director, Ryan served as Special Counsel to the Deputy Minister of Community Safety and at the Ministry of the Attorney General, where he successfully architected and led the development of many initiatives that have modernized policing and enhanced public trust, including: Ontario’s new policing legislation; a first-ever legislative framework for First Nations policing in Ontario; and, new policing oversight legislation. Notably, he also served as lead counsel to the Honourable John W. Morden in the Independent Civilian Review into Matters Relating to the G20 Summit
, which is regarded as a leading authority on the subject of effective police governance.
A graduate of the University of Toronto (Criminology and Political Science) and Osgoode Hall Law School, Ryan began his career in the private sector in 2006, where he held legal counsel roles at two international law firms and practiced in the areas of regulatory, administrative, commercial, and constitutional law, including appellate litigation and judicial review. Ryan has appeared as counsel in complex cases before various Ontario and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. In both 2018 and 2019, Ryan was a finalist for the Canadian Lawyer’s
Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada.