Alex Ryan is a Senior Fellow for Future Cities Canada, providing direction in the development of its innovation programs. He is VP of Systems Innovation and Program Director of the MaRS Solutions Lab. He most enjoys bringing diverse groups of participants together to jointly innovate on society’s most complex and important challenges. Alex Ryan is co-founder of the innovation and collaboration agency Synthetikos Inc. and co-founder of Alberta CoLab, the first provincial government innovation lab in Canada.
He is an executive-in-residence at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, where he developed a new course: Designing in a Whitewater World. He is co-founder of the Systemic Design Research Network and serves on several boards, including the Privy Council Office’s Impact and Innovation Unit’s Advisory Committee for the Government of Canada. His dissertation in applied mathematics advanced a multidisciplinary approach to complex systems design.