Ryan grew up on a farm in the Vulcan area. After graduating high school, he worked for a year in Canmore before deciding to study accounting at Lethbridge College. Ryan later transferred to the University of Lethbridge to complete his degree. While at the of U of L, Ryan went through the Integrated Management Experience program, in which students participated in a live case consulting project and organized a fundraiser for a local not for profit.
After graduating from university with a Bachelor of Management degree in December 2016, Ryan accepted a position with Shaw and Associates Chartered Accountants, where he intends to work through the CPA program and attain his designation.
In his spare time Ryan enjoys helping out on his parents farm, hiking and skiing in the mountains, playing piano, and working with his horses.