Ryan Teschner is a leader in community safety, police governance and public administration in Ontario. Ryan serves as the Executive Director and Chief of Staff for the Toronto Police Services Board, which is responsible for the fourth-largest municipal police service in North America. Ryan has earned a reputation for leading high-profile and successful reforms in the community safety, justice and social sectors. In his public sector roles, governments and government agencies have turned to Ryan to solve their most complex problems, including architecting and implementing policy and legislative change that enhance public safety and build public trust.
Previously, Ryan served as Special Counsel to the Deputy Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, as well as at the Ministry of the Attorney General, where he successfully designed and led the development of Ontario’s new policing and oversight legislation, as well as other significant initiatives that modernized policing in the province. As a lawyer, Ryan served as lead counsel to the Honourable John W. Morden in the Independent Civilian Review into Matters Relating to the G20 Summit
, a leading authority in Canada and internationally on the subject of effective police governance. For over two decades, Ryan remains highly sought-after for his thought leadership on contemporary policing reform, governance and community safety matters. Ryan is the recipient of the 2021 Canadian Association of Police Governance Award for Excellence in Police Governance
for his "significant contributions, and demonstrated genuine and dedicated commitment and leadership towards the enhancement of civilian police governance in Toronto, throughout Ontario, and indeed, across Canada".
Ryan is a graduate of both the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006. He began his career in the private sector in 2006, where, as a litigator at two international law firms he practiced in the areas of regulatory, administrative, constitutional, and commercial law, including appellate litigation and judicial review. Ryan appeared as counsel in complex cases before various Ontario and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Ryan was also a two-time final nominee (2018 and 2019) for Canadian Lawyer's Top 25 Most Influential
in the justice system and legal profession in Canada.
Ryan, his wife and two children live in Toronto.