Ryan Androsoff

CEO & Founder

Think Digital

Ryan Androsoff is the Founder and CEO of Think Digital, a consultancy focused on helping public sector organizations to adapt and thrive in the era of digital disruption. Ryan is an international expert on digital government with a passion for public sector entrepreneurship and more than two decades of experience working with government and international organizations in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Since 2018 Ryan has partnered with the Institute on Governance to lead their digital leadership programs and to provide advisory services for a variety of government organizations to assist with their digital transformation efforts.

Ryan was a Co-Founder of the Canadian Digital Service, a startup organization within the federal government launched in 2017 with the mission of helping government design, prototype, and build better digital services. Previously, he had been a Senior Advisor in the Government of Canada’s Treasury Board Secretariat since 2010, where he worked on initiatives to improve digital service delivery capacity across the federal government, led the development of the first government-wide social media policies, and managed the GCTools team responsible developing the Government of Canada’s internal on-line collaborative platforms (GCpedia and GCconnex) – a set of open source technology pilots that are now used by over 100,000 public servants across Canada.

In 2015, Ryan spent a year with the OECD’s Digital Government Team in Paris, France where he was involved in a number of projects including reviews in Northern Ireland and Slovakia as well as open data and digital capacity building in the Latin American, Middle Eastern and North African regions.

For his leadership and expertise in digital transformation initiatives, Ryan has been recognized by twice receiving the Treasury Board of Canada Merit Award (2013 & 2017), the GTEC (Government Technology Exhibition and Conference) Next Generation Leadership Award (2011), and in 2017 was named one of the 75 most distinguished alumni of Carleton University’s Faculty of Public Affairs. Ryan is currently serving a two-year term as a member of the Advisory Council of DPI (Association of Public Sector Information Professionals).

Ryan’s career has also included serving as a policy advisor to Canada’s Minister of International Cooperation, as well as working at the World Bank in Washington, DC on initiatives to promote results-based management in international development. Having also spent a number of years working with political office holders, he has extensive experience as a communications, policy and campaign manager at the national, provincial, and municipal level in Canada. Ryan is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he earned a Master in Public Policy degree, with research focused on the impacts for governments of new digital technologies. Ryan also has an Honours degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Sessions

In 2021 the Institute on Governance launched a study in partnership with four Government of Canada departments to examine the role of Departmental Chief Data Officers – a relatively new position within the federal government. Through a series of interviews, surveys, and workshops the study explored how this increasingly critical role has been evolving, and the variety of efforts underway to... read more