Originally from rural Manitoba, Ryan Gibson has a deep intrigue and respect for rural communities, rural people, and the events that shape their futures. Growing up witnessing the transformations in rural development, agriculture, and their influence on communities instilled a fascination and commitment to rural issues. Over the past years Ryan has been a student, practitioner, and admirer of rural populations, dynamics, and interactions.
Ryan is the Libro Professor in Regional Economic Development in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. Ryan’s research and community engagement focus on rural and regional development, governance, philanthropy, and public policy.
In 2015, Ryan was elected President of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network; a national organization committed to strengthening communities by creating economic opportunities that enhance social and environmental conditions. Ryan is past President of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and holds appointments with the Rural Development Institute (Brandon University), the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (University of Saskatchewan), Institute of Island Studies (University of Prince Edward Island), Saint Mary’s University, and Assiniboine Community College.