Ryan Meili is the Leader of the Opposition and the MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin. He serves as the critic for Truth and Reconciliation, First Nations and Metis Relations, Executive Council and the Office of the Premier, Intergovernmental Affairs, Francophone Affairs, the Economy and Jobs.
Ryan is well known as a family doctor, teacher, community builder, and the author of A Healthy Society: How a Focus on Health Can Revive Canadian Democracy (UBC Press, 2017), which argues that when we focus on the upstream causes of poverty, crime, and ill-health, we can achieve better health outcomes for everyone. He is a passionate advocate for smart, fair, and forward-thinking policy that recognizes that we all do better when everyone has a chance to succeed.
Ryan was raised on a farm near Courval, Saskatchewan, where his brother Jim continues to farm. He attended Vanier Collegiate in Moose Jaw before going on to the University of Saskatchewan where he studied Human Anatomy and Languages and Family Medicine.
In medical school, Ryan was the founding coordinator of SWITCH, the Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health. This student-run clinic brings students from nursing, social work, pharmacy, and many other disciplines together to serve the residents of Saskatoon's core communities. Ryan also founded the College of Medicine's Making the Links program, which gives medical students the opportunity to work in Northern Saskatchewan, SWITCH, and rural communities in Mozambique, providing students with opportunities to learn from patients about the social factors that influence their health.
In 2013, Ryan founded Upstream: Institute for a Healthy Society to popularize the idea that we can create a healthy society through evidence-based, people-centered policies.This organization quickly became recognized as a leading national voice for evidence-based, people-centered policy.
Ryan grew up on a farm near Courval, southwest of Moose Jaw, and now lives in Saskatoon with his wife, Mahli Brindamour, a pediatrician specializing in the care of refugee children. They have two sons, Abraham and Augustin.