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Alex Ryan


    Alex Ryan

    Executive in Residence, Rotman School of Management

    Degrees: PhD, University of Adelaide
    BSc (Honours), University of Adelaide
    BSc, Curtin University
    Email: Send an email to Alex Ryan
    Phone: (780) 903-5460


    Alex Ryan is currently an Executive-in-Residence at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

    Alex Ryan is VP Systems Innovation and Program Director of MaRS Solutions Lab. As VP Systems Innovation, he helps to remove systemic barriers for Canada’s entrepreneurs and corporate innovators in highly regulated industries. As Program Director of Solutions Lab, he leads a team that convenes diverse groups across sectors to jointly innovate on society’s most complex and important challenges. Alex Ryan is also Co-Founder of Synthetikos Inc. ( Synthetikos is a boutique global innovation and collaboration agency dedicated to helping large organizations and collectives to navigate complexity with agility.

    Alex Ryan previously Co-Founded Alberta CoLab, the first Canadian provincial government innovation lab. As a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, Alex Ryan previously taught operational and strategic design at the U.S. School of Advanced Military Studies, and helped to institutionalize design within Western militaries, working with clients such as U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Australian Special Operations Command, and the Canadian Forces College. He is Co-Founder of the Systemic Design Research Network and Co-Chair of the Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium ( His dissertation in applied mathematics advanced a multidisciplinary approach to complex systems design. 

    Research and Teaching Interests

    Alex Ryan's teaching and research focuses on integrating systems thinking and design thinking to make headway on our most complex societal and environmental challenges.

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