Alex Ryan

VP Solutions Lab, MaRS




Champion Committee


Alex Ryan is VP, Solutions Lab at MaRS. He most enjoys bringing diverse groups of participants together to jointly innovate on society’s most complex and important challenges. He leads the corporate innovation, social innovation and data analytics practices at MaRS. Alex Ryan is co-founder of the innovation and collaboration agency Synthetikos Inc. and also co-founded 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. As a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, Alex Ryan previously helped introduce operational and strategic design into the U.S. Army. He helped to launch design teams reporting directly to the Commanders at US Special Operations Command, US Strategic Command, and US Cyber Command. His dissertation in applied mathematics advanced a multidisciplinary approach to complex systems design.

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge to become Economic Prosperity Challenge in 2020