Ryan has dedicated his career to connecting communities with meaningful arts, heritage, and educational experiences. Whether designing marketing campaigns for community events, sharing his experience in the classroom, or founding a digital literacy social enterprise from the ground up, Ryan works to find new and innovative ways to make a difference in his community.
Ryan has worked in a variety of GLAM sector roles in Ontario, including working in small museums, like the Oil History Museum of Canada in Oil Springs Ontario, working for regional not-for-profits like the London Arts Council and the London Heritage Council, and teaching for the University of Western Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Degree Management Program. Through these roles, he has had diverse experiences that include grant writing, event planning, marketing, and program development.
In London, Ryan also helped to co-found Canada’s first mobile makerspace, called the MakerBus, an award-winning social enterprise that transformed a used school bus into a mobile technology classroom and helped to provide digital literacy education to more than 50,000 children and youth in Southern Ontario over a five-year period.
In 2017, Ryan returned to his hometown of Victoria, taking on the role of Communications & Membership Engagement Coordinator for the Local Government Management Association of BC (LGMA), a provincial network that provides training and support to all of the province’s 189 local governments. By developing a ten-part video series exploring the history of the BC local government sector, Ryan brought a heritage lens to the LGMA’s 100th Anniversary in 2019.
Ryan looks forward to bringing his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for community engagement to his role as Executive Director of the BC Museums Association. He cannot wait to meet the BCMA community and to work collaboratively with its members to support the province’s museum, gallery, and related heritage sector.